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Occupational Asthma (cont.)

Occupational Asthma Symptoms

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In most people with occupational asthma, the symptoms appear a short time after beginning work and subside after leaving work.

  • Many have no symptoms or milder symptoms on days they do not work. The symptoms return when they return to work.
  • In some, the symptoms worsen gradually over the work week, go away over the weekend, and return when the new work week starts.
  • In others, the symptoms are slow to develop and may not be noticed until after leaving work for the day. This pattern makes it difficult to recognize a workplace trigger.
  • In the later stages of the disease, after long-term regular exposure, symptoms may not go away after you leave the workplace.

These are the most common symptoms of occupational asthma. Most people do not have all these symptoms.

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Chest pain
  • Prolonged shortness of breath
  • Extreme fatigue

Allergy symptoms that occur at work but get better away from work also may be a sign of irritants in the air that could provoke asthma symptoms. The following symptoms could occur:

  • Eyes: itchy, burning, or watery
  • Nose: itchy or stuffy, sneezing
  • Skin: itchy, red, or irritated
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/10/2014

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