Occupational Asthma Reference

Burge PS, Hoyle J, Current topics in occupational asthma, Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine, 2012;6:615-627,

Keywords: review, occupational asthma, Oasys, irritant, aldehydes

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Sherwood Burge, Oasys Sherwood Burge

Jennifer Hoyle, North Manchester General Hospital Jennifer Hoyle

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The study of occupational asthma (OA) provides insights into asthma in general, as the cause is known. The relationships between the cause and response can be measured and modifying factors can be identified and their influence quantified. Developing OA has much more serious consequences for the patient than new onset asthma unrelated to work exposures, as the patient’s livelihood is nearly always affected. Many healthcare professionals are more ready to accept and act on asthmatic symptoms when they are unrelated to work than when work may be the cause; antagonism can also occur in the workplace. This article reviews some of the areas where development and controversy enrich the study of OA. It makes no attempt to be comprehensive.

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