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How can I tell if my job is causing occupational asthma?

How can I tell if my job is causing occupational asthma?

Difficult diagnosis.: If you have bronchospasm which gets better on days off and increases while at work, you may have occupational asthma. But, it is quite difficult to prove. Peak flows which consistently drop while at work but improves when off is another indicator. Sometimes, it takes a week vacation to see that it does indeed improve when off work since you can have late-phase reaction to a work allergen. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

Asthma is a disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more


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What should you do if diagnosed with occupational asthma due to allergies to laboratory animals.?

AVOID: The best thing would be to work in a different lab without exposure to the animals. If not possible, the asthma is treated with anti-inflammatory, preventative medications and bronchodilators as in all asthma patients. ...Read more

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What's occupational asthma?

What's occupational asthma?

See below: Asthma that you can get from your occupational exposures. Sometimes the occupational exposures can induce asthma that you haven't had before, which is the true occupational asthma, or exposures can just trigger your pre-existing asthma. ...Read more

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Pre employment health questionnaire for regular desk job finance. Should i declare mild childhood asthma? Have had no symptoms since 10 years.

Pre employment health questionnaire for regular desk job finance. Should i declare mild childhood asthma? Have had no symptoms since 10 years.

I wouldn't.: At age 25, with a asthma free history of 10 years, i agree with you prior diagnosis of "childhood asthma." as is often the case, you appear to have outgrown the condition. Since you employment situation appears to be sedentary, this prior medical history has no bearing on you being employed. Don't decrease your chances of being hired due to providing unnecessary information. Good luck! ...Read more

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Had allergic childhood asthma but now symptom free for over 10 yrs. Afraid to mention on pre employment medical declaration for regular finance job?

Had allergic childhood asthma but now symptom free for over 10 yrs. Afraid to mention on pre employment medical declaration for regular finance job?

Read ??? carefully: It makes a difference if they ask "have you ever...?" vs "have you had in the last 5 or 10 years?" answer truthfully. And if I am not mistaken they can only do a physical post job offer, and not discriminate based on physical exam findings. Anyway asthma, should not have much bearing on an office job. ...Read more

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I have a sedantry job I do workout but i'm gaining fat.Is there any way to increase metabolic activity?I have asthma also

I have a sedantry job I do workout but i'm gaining fat.Is there any way to increase metabolic activity?I have asthma also

Dietary change: I recommend a low-carbohydrate, moderate protein, very high fat diet. Read eatingacademy.Com and watch a youtube lecture by robert lustig, md called "sugar: the bitter truth." he's a pediatric endocrinologist from ucsf that runs an obesity clinic. Also watch videos by steven phinney, mary vernon and eric westman. Read "why we get fat" by gary taubes. ...Read more

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I have asthma and my job wants to test to see if im smoking but all i do is chewing tabacco will it show up soley as chewing tabacco or just positive?

I have asthma and my job wants to test to see if im smoking but all i do is chewing tabacco will it show up soley as chewing tabacco or just positive?

Positive test: Testing for these products relies on chemical markers that appear in urine, blood or hair, depending on the test used. Chewing tobacco will cause the same chemicals to form as smoking. You may want to clarify the rules at your job because they may consider any nicotine use as a problem. You will flunk the test. ...Read more

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How will I know if my job worsens my asthma?

Symptoms worse: If your symptoms are worse at work, and worsen over the work week while improving when at home for any period of time you and your physician should consider occupational asthma. ...Read more

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What to do if I have asthma!! is boiler maker job gud for me?

Difficult call: There are many "triggers" for asthma. The work you do may or may not be a problem. Occupational asthma is often associated with jobs where dust, powder,etc are in the air and can enter your lungs. You may want to check out OSHA regarding job related issues. Good Luck ...Read more