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Asthma exacerbated at work.
Henneberger-PK; Wagner-GR; Lemiere-C
Asthma in the workplace, fourth edition. Malo J-L, Chan-Yeun M, Bernstein DI, eds. New York: CRC Press, 2013 Jan; :325-335
Exacerbation of asthma can result from exposures at home, at work, in the outdoor environment, and in public buildings. There is a general agreement in clinical practice that troublesome home environmental exposures should be avoided; physicians generally advise asthma patients to rid their homes of carpets, drapes, and other furnishings that might be repositories for allergens. Asthma-related exposures in the work environment are less frequently addressed, because exposures are often beyond the control of employees and employers mayor may not accept their responsibility or have the ability to control exposures. The issue of an affected employee's right to workplace accommodation or compensation further clouds Ihe issue. Work-related asthma (WRA) comprises occupational asthma (OA) that is caused by conditions at work and work-exacerhated asthma (WEA), in which preexisting or concurrent asthma is worsened by workplace conditions . While it is still true that WEA has received less attention in terms of research and prevention than OA, the number of articles that address WEA has increased considerably since the last version of this chapter was published in 2005, There has been a noticeable shift from studying only OA or all WRA cases (i.e., OA and WEA cases combined) to considering WEA as its own legitimate standalone outcome. An indication of the growing information about and interest in WEA was the publication in 2011 of an "Official American Thoracic Society Statement: Work-Exacerbated Asthma". This chapter covers various topks relatcd to WEA, including definitions, frequency, agents, characteristics of cases, clinical approach, prevention, and future research directions.
Occupational-health; Occupational-diseases; Bronchial-asthma; Workers; Worker-health; Occupational-exposure; Environmental-exposure; Allergens; Work-environment; Exposure-assessment; Respiratory-irritants; Respiratory-system-disorders; Occupational-hazards; Health-hazards
Malo-J-L; Chan-Yeung-M; Bernstein-DI
Asthma in the workplace, fourth edition
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