How do I prevent asthma attacks if I have occupational asthma?

Reducing exposure to the occupational trigger is the most important step that can be taken. Appropriate medical management is also important. However, even with appropriate medications, continued exposure may make the asthma more difficult to control.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a government agency, has created guidelines that determine acceptable levels of exposure to substances that may cause asthma. Employers are required to follow these rules. However, if exposure is unavoidable in a particular job, most employers are willing to help the employee find a more suitable workplace. Once the cause of your asthma has been determined, discuss with your healthcare provider how best to approach your employer and what precautions need to be taken.

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