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Asthma and woodwork investigations
I have an employee who makes models mainly from soft wood, and fibreboard. After 25 years or so he recently presented with minor upper respiratory symptoms so we asked for serial peak flows and used OASYS to plot the results. These show a convincing work related drop in peak flows with recovery ...
Oasys, Specialist, 9/10/2012, 9/12/2012,

Can other factors irritate the lungs other than what is suspected to kick off an attack ?
Hi, I've had problems since Feb last year, and occupational asthma has been diagnosed as a possible cause. I've never had asthma before and had an onset of breathing difficulties over a two day period. Had a few episodes and hospital stays since then and put it down to the chemicals i was using ...
Occupational Asthma, Worker, 6/15/2012, 6/20/2012,

Can hairdressers get severe aasthma from their work?
I have a hairdresser friend who had a severe asthma attack while hairdressing, could this be due to exposures in the salon?
Occupational Asthma, Specialist, 6/11/2012, 6/11/2012,

Lung conditions following exposure to poultry/amonia/dust
I am helping a friend with something. She owns and runs a successful racehorse training stables and employs 25 people. Recently a company has made an application for planning permission to build 5 large sheds housing 223000 broiler chickens. The vents from the buildings will be within a few ...
Occupational Asthma, Employer, 5/1/2012, 5/14/2012,

starch dust
Hi I wondered if starch dust above WEL's could be a potential asthmagen? If not, would anyone consider spirometry as baseline and regular being required to monitor for COPD? Dust masks are being used whilst engineering controls are being looked at. thank you in anticipation
Occupational Asthma, Health Professional, 3/8/2012, 3/9/2012,

What is the deffinition that you use to determine LMW vs. HMW?
Is is 10,000 Da or 1,000 Da or what is the cutting off point that says anything over this is HMW and anything under is LMW?
Occupational Asthma, Specialist, 1/25/2012, 2/1/2012,

Can fibreglass cause asthma?
We have a 60 yr old lady that got loft insulation done with fibreglass. A few days later developed allergic symptoms not helped with antihistamines. She got admitted to hospital and felt better within a couple of hours away from the house and was discharged the following day. CT showed no alveol ...
Occupational Asthma, Specialist, 1/12/2012, 1/12/2012,

Do occuptional asthma and work-agravated asthma have different employment outcomes?
Do occuptional asthma and work-agravated asthma have different employment outcomes?
Occupational Asthma, Specialist, 1/9/2012, 1/9/2012,

Hi I have a lady who works in a supermarket replenishing shelves (usually toilet rolls in plastic wrapping) who states that for 6 weeks she had symptoms of runny nose and eyes and red itchy eyes when ever she came into work and these symptoms ceased the moment she walked out the doors (She is c ...
Occupational Asthma, Health Professional, 1/6/2012, 1/8/2012,

Diesel fumes
I have a patient who seems to be having problems relating to diesel fumes at work. Could you guide me to any recent review of literature on this subject?
Occupational Asthma, Specialist, 11/17/2011, 11/17/2011,

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