If you have moderate to severe
asthma, you are at higher risk of having problems
during and after surgery than people who do not have asthma. Careful asthma
control in the weeks before surgery may help you reduce the risk of having
complications. Some people with severe asthma may need a short treatment with
corticosteroids by mouth to improve lung function
before surgery and prevent complications.1
Complications that may occur during and after surgery include:
Occupational asthma is asthma caused by, or worsened by, exposure to substances in the workplace. These substances may cause asthma in one of 3 ways:
An allergic reaction (like people with allergies who develop allergic asthma)
An irritant reaction (like a person that reacts to smoking with asthma)
A reaction which results in chemicals that occur naturally in the body, building up in the lung and resulting in an asthma attack
Examples of occupational asthma -- also called work-related...
National Institutes of Health (2007). National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (NIH Publication No. 08–5846). Available online: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/asthma/index.htm.