If you have
asthma symptoms at work that get better away from work, make an appointment with your health care provider promptly.
If you have occupational
asthma, you should have an action plan worked out in advance with your health care provider. This plan should include instructions on what to do when an asthma attack occurs, when to call the health care provider, and when to go to a hospital emergency department.
Although asthma is a reversible disease, and treatments are available, people can die from a severe asthma attack.
Work with your health care provider to develop an action plan. Follow your treatment plan closely to avoid asthma attacks. If you do have an asthma attack, the action plan will help you control the attack and make the decision about when to seek medical care.
Since occupational asthma is a chronic disease, you will probably require treatment for a very long time, maybe even for the rest of your life. The best way to improve your condition and live your life on your terms is to learn all you can about your asthma and what you can do to make it better.
Precautions that may help reduce your chance of having an asthma attack include the following:
If you should have an asthma attack, move to the next step of your action plan. Keep the following tips in mind:
If you think your medication is not working, let your health care provider know right away.
Asthma is a long-term disease, but it can be managed. Your active involvement in treating this disease is vitally important.
At your follow-up visits, your health care provider will review how you have been doing.
Treatment in occupational asthma is focused on preventing or minimizing asthma attacks. The main strategy for doing this is reducing or stopping exposure to the trigger.
Most people with occupational asthma are able to control their condition if they work together with a health care provider and follow their treatment regimen carefully.
People who do not seek medical care or do not follow an appropriate treatment plan are likely to experience worsening of their asthma and deterioration in their ability to function normally.
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