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What substances can trigger occupational asthma?

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There are numerous substances used in various industries that can trigger occupational asthma including:

  • Chemicals such as adhesives, shellac and lacquer, plastics, epoxy resins, carpeting, foam and rubber, insulation, dyes (textile workers), and enzymes in detergents
  • Proteins in animal hair and/or dander
  • Grains, green coffee beans, and papain (an extract of papaya that may trigger a latex allergy)
  • Cotton, flax, and hemp dust, commonly found in the textile industry
  • Metals such as platinum, chromium, nickel sulfate, and soldering fumes

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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