You're at increased risk of developing occupational asthma if:
- You have existing allergies or asthma. Although this can increase your risk, many people who have allergies or asthma do jobs that expose them to lung irritants and never have symptoms.
- Allergies or asthma runs in your family. Your parents may pass down a genetic predisposition to asthma.
- You work around known asthma triggers. Some substances are known to be lung irritants and asthma triggers.
- You smoke. Smoking increases your risk of developing asthma.
It's possible to develop occupational asthma in almost any workplace. But your risk is higher if you work in certain occupations. Here are some of the riskiest jobs and the asthma-producing substances associated with them:
June 12, 2014
||Chemicals such as acrylate
|Animal handlers, veterinarians
|Forest workers, carpenters, cabinetmakers
||Chemicals such as persulfate
|Health care workers
||Latex and chemicals such as glutaraldehyde
||Chemicals such as amines
|Spray painters, insulation installers, plastics and foam industry workers
||Chemicals such as diisocyanates
|Users of plastics, epoxy resins
||Chemicals such as anhydrides
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