Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
3 minute read
23 Sep 2019
11:12 am

Some of the jobs associated with occupational asthma

Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe

Exposure to airborne triggers can cause permanent lung changes and lifetime symptoms.

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Occupational asthma is caused by breathing in chemical fumes, gases, dust or other substances at work. It can cause chest tightness, wheezing and shortness of breath. It is important to identify it early so it is reversed and long-term exposure to triggering substances is avoided. Treatment generally includes taking medication to reduce symptoms. But the only sure way to eliminate symptoms and prevent lung damage is to avoid triggers. Severe asthma attacks can be life-threatening. Signs of an asthma attack that needs emergency treatment include: Rapid worsening of shortness of breath or wheezing No improvement even after using short-acting bronchodilators...