Occupational asthma - Treatment
Asthma - occupational exposure; Irritant-induced reactive airways disease
Avoiding exposure to the substance that is causing your asthma is the best treatment.
Asthma medicines (almost always inhalers) may help you manage your symptoms. Talk to your doctor about these medicines.
Occupational asthma may keep getting worse if you continue to be exposed to the substance that is causing the problem, even if medicines improve your symptoms. You may need to change jobs.
Sometimes, symptoms may continue even when the substance is removed.
In general, the outcome for people with asthma is good. However, symptoms may continue for years after you are no longer exposed in the workplace.
Calling your health care provider:
Call your health care provider if you have symptoms of asthma.
- Reviewed last on: 5/1/2011
- Denis Hadjiliadis, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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