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Dr. James Eitner
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Occupational Exposures (Overview)

Occupational exposures refers to any risk for disease that is experienced at work. People doing demolition work on an old house that has asbestos insulation, for example, are said to have an occupational exposure to asbestos.


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Can occupational exposures be prevented?

Can occupational exposures be prevented?

Yes: Look at osha.Org for full listings of prevention for various occupations and substances. ...Read more

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Dr. James Eitner
36 doctors shared insights

Occupational Exposures (Overview)

Occupational exposures refers to any risk for disease that is experienced at work. People doing demolition work on an old house that has asbestos insulation, for example, are said to have an occupational exposure to asbestos.


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Are occupational health services (chemical testing) really necessary for non-risk occupations?

Are occupational health services (chemical testing) really necessary for non-risk occupations?

Probably not: By chemical testing if you mean biological monitoring for effects of workplace toxins, like lead, asbestos, etc., there's no point in doing this if a worker is not exposed to these substances by the nature of their work, even if the toxins exist somewhere else in the workplace. If you mean drug testing, this is a matter of company policy as it pertains to the drug free workplace act. ...Read more

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Do inhaled corticosteroids increase susceptibility to fungal/bacterial resp. infections (besides candida)? Environmental mold, or healthcare exposure?

Do inhaled corticosteroids increase susceptibility to fungal/bacterial resp. infections (besides candida)? Environmental mold, or healthcare exposure?

Not usually: Usually just thrush if you have a normal immune system. Not sure what the second part of your question is asking. Here is some info about on of the inhaled corticosteroids: http://www.drugs.com/sfx/flovent-hfa-side-effects.html ...Read more

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Radiation exposure on kids with CTscans. ?

Radiation exposure on kids with CTscans.

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CT scans: If there is an alternative to imaging the area such as MRI, then we prefer MRIs. There are some studies looking for bony problems that CT scan works better than MRI. Also in some settings, such as an emergency, if CT can be obtained more quickly or MRI not available, then CT is the test. How badly do you need the images and how soon are parts of the equation. ...Read more

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Role of occupational health and safety?

Role of occupational health and safety?

Workplace safety: Osha, or the department of occupational health and safety, keeps the workplace safe for workers and those who come into the work space. They oversee all safety issues, and infectious issues at the office, educate workers on safety issues, and enforce the rules. ...Read more

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Can occupational exposure to n2o2 lead to decreased fertility?

Can occupational exposure to n2o2 lead to decreased fertility?

Not certain: In the mid-2000s it was suggested Nitric Oxide exposure may reduce male fertility; paradoxically, at the same time mouse studies suggested Nitric Oxide might enhance or prolong female fertility! there are several small studies published in mid-level medical journals. To my knowledge no conclusive studies of either question have been done, and there is no 'expert consensus.'. ...Read more

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Is aml related to environmental toxins like farm pesticides, fertilizers?

Is aml related to environmental toxins like farm pesticides, fertilizers?

Pesticides : Risk factors for AML tobacco use? Herbicides? Pesticides? – benzene exposure – xrt – topoisomerase ii inhibitors (e.g. Etoposide), alkylating agents – mds – other cell proliferation disorders cml, polycythemia vera, primary thrombocytosis, pnh. ...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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Could exposure to ionizing radiation progress pkd?

Could exposure to ionizing radiation progress pkd?

Pkd and ionizing rad: Data are not clear on this. For sure, select mutations on either chromosome 16 or chromosome 4 lead to PKD expression. Scientists have long thought that a single mutation that affects polycystin expression leads to cyst formations. Newer data show that second or third or fourth mutations on these chromosomes affect expression of pkd. So, it is conceivable that yes ionizing rad could affect pkd ...Read more

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Can a person get asthma from environmental exposure?

Can a person get asthma from environmental exposure?

Can trigger: Certain elements in the environment can trigger an asthma exacerbation in someone who is predisposed or has asthma. But they do not "give" asthma to someone. ...Read more

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Is lung cancer infectious, dietary, genetic or environmental?

Is lung cancer infectious, dietary, genetic or environmental?

Lung cancer: Cancer is a genetic disease, resulting from changes in the individual cell genetics. Things that cause these basic changes include some known and some unknown factors. We know that smoking tobacco is the biggest risk factor, and that radiation exposure, asbestos exposure and other environmental agents contribute. Infectious agents can cause cancers elsewhere but have only a minimal role in lung ca ...Read more

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What are some risks associated with occupational exposure to antimicrobials?

What are some risks associated with occupational exposure to antimicrobials?

It depends: You asked a really broad question. In general, the risk of any exposure depends on the type of exposure (contact, breathing, etc) and the duration of the exposure. If your exposure is simply using an antimicrobial handwash on a regular basis then your risk is very minimal. ...Read more

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Could exposure to solvents and other chemicals in military aircraft maintenance cause long term health problems?

Please list: specific chemical / solvents so that each can be reviewed. Would submit question about one chemical per entry. ...Read more

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Osha and laborers: what dangerous things would factory workers do?

Osha and laborers: what dangerous things would factory workers do?

All activity is risk: All activity carries inherent risks. When you participate in an activity that you want to do for enjoyment then you assume those risks for yourself. When the activity is required as part of your job then OSHA steps in to provide regulations to ensure the worker is protected as best as possible from the risks inherent in that occupation. ...Read more

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Can exposure to mold accelerat lupus?

Can exposure to mold accelerat lupus?

See below: If you have lupus and are on immunosuppressive drugs you are more apt to have infection from mold. ...Read more

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Do occupational therapists make mental health diagnostics?

Do occupational therapists make mental health diagnostics?

No, not usually.: They can be separately licensed and work in the capacity of an OT, and then can diagnose. Usually, they treat based upon the needs of an individual, which follows from the diagnose gleaned elsewhere. ...Read more

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Are victims of mesothelioma all industrial workers?

Are victims of mesothelioma all industrial workers?

No,in fact the focus: On asbestos exposure, while likely causative, is not always clearly identified in many cases of mesothelioma. Also, spouses laudering and living with such a worker, occasional develop the disease, when the worker does not. The lead time from exposure to disease may be 30 years. While we have an answer, we surely do not have all the answers. ...Read more

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