Occupational asthma is that thoracic allergy, which is an attack caused or get worse by inhalation (breathing) of the allergens in the workplace such as chemical vapors, gasses or dust.
Like other types of thoracic attacks, the occupational asthma cause symptoms of chest tightness and wheezing.
When occupational asthma is diagnosed and treated at an early stage, the symptoms can be repeated, and exposure to allergens for a long-term can make the symptoms worse and become a health condition inherent to the person throughout his life.
The treatment for occupational asthma is similar to that offered for all other types of attacks, which involves taking medications that relieve symptoms. But the person must protect himself by avoiding exposure to the symptoms to avoid the atrophy of lung tissue.
To avoid occupational asthma, avoid any of the stimuli that stimulate the presence of symptoms.
The Symptoms of Occupational Asthma.
The signs and symptoms of occupational asthma are similar to the symptoms of the known chest sensitivity, among these signs:
- Wheezing in the chest.
- Shortness of breath.
- Chest tightness.
Other accompanying symptoms:
- A runny nose.
- Nasal congestion.
- Eye irritation.
Symptoms vary from person to another, depending on the stimulant or allergen that the person is exposed to, how much time he has been exposed to, and the body’s response to this substance and the other factors
We found that the symptoms are characterized by:
- It gets worse during work days, disappears on vacations, and starts again when the person gets back to work again.
- Happens at the workplace and away from the workplace.
- The symptoms begin to appear as soon as they are exposed to the stimuli.
- Appearing after months or years of regular exposure to the stimuli.
- Persisting even after exposure to stimulation has been stopped, and the longer that the duration of exposure to the stimuli or the allergens persists, the longer that symptoms persist and become permanent.