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Occupational Asthma (cont.)

Occupational Asthma Follow-up

Asthma is a long-term disease, but it can be managed. Your active involvement in treating this disease is vitally important.

  • Take your prescribed medication(s) as directed.
  • See your health-care practitioner regularly according to the recommended schedule.
  • By following these steps, you can help minimize the frequency and severity of your asthma attacks.

At your follow-up visits, your health-care practitioner will review how you have been doing.

  • He or she will ask you about frequency and severity of attacks, use of rescue medications, and peak flow measurements.
  • Lung functions tests will be done to see how your lungs are responding to your treatment.
  • This is a good time to discuss medication side effects or any problems you are having with your treatment.

Occupational Asthma Prevention

Treatment in occupational asthma is focused on preventing or minimizing asthma attacks. The main strategy for doing this is reducing or stopping exposure to the trigger.

  • Work with your employer to "clean up" the workplace.
  • You or your health-care provider should be able to arrange for measurement of air quality in the workplace.
  • Your employer should provide protective gear, such as masks or respirators, to avoid exposure to the trigger.
  • Careless use or spills of respiratory irritants, inappropriate ventilation, and improper protective gear contribute to the occurrence of asthma in the workplace. These problems can be remedied.
  • If these measures don't reduce your symptoms, talk to your employer about retraining for a different position that would not involve exposure to your trigger.

Occupational Asthma Prognosis

Most people with occupational asthma are able to control their condition if they work together with a health-care provider and follow their treatment regimen carefully.

People who do not seek medical care or do not follow an appropriate treatment plan are likely to experience worsening of their asthma and deterioration in their ability to function normally.

Medically reviewed by James E. Gerace, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Pulmonary Disease

REFERENCE:

"Occupational asthma: Clinical features and diagnosis"
UpToDate.com


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/22/2016

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