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

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Joshua Davidson
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Testing

There are many ways to help make that determination.
Depending on your job, there are tests to determine if your body has been exposed to certain chemicals. Lung function testing can measure any effect of these chemicals, and blood testing can identify antibodies against the chemicals as well. It's also important to note your symptoms when you're away from work. If they improve, that's key.

In brief: Testing

There are many ways to help make that determination.
Depending on your job, there are tests to determine if your body has been exposed to certain chemicals. Lung function testing can measure any effect of these chemicals, and blood testing can identify antibodies against the chemicals as well. It's also important to note your symptoms when you're away from work. If they improve, that's key.
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