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What are examples of occupational asthma?

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Examples of occupational asthma -- also called work-related asthma -- include:

  • Health care workers who develop an allergy to latex gloves by breathing in the powdered proteins from the inner lining of the gloves
  • Workers in the chemical industry who are exposed to substances like ammonia and develop symptoms of asthma as the result of an irritant effects, not an allergic reaction

From: Occupational Asthma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: U.S. Department of Labor: "Safety and Health Topics: Occupational Asthma." American Lung Association: "Occupational Asthma."  American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Occupational Asthma" and "Show Occupational Asthma Who’s Boss."


Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 16, 2018

SOURCES: U.S. Department of Labor: "Safety and Health Topics: Occupational Asthma." American Lung Association: "Occupational Asthma."  American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Occupational Asthma" and "Show Occupational Asthma Who’s Boss."


Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 16, 2018

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