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What are the symptoms of occupational asthma?

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Symptoms of occupational asthma include general symptoms of an asthma attack, such as coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulty. Eye irritation, nasal congestion, and/or runny nose may also be present. As stated previously, this can be allergy-related or an irritant reaction from exposure to asthma triggers in the workplace.

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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