Occupational asthma is a special case of asthma triggered by an irritant or allergen found in the workplace. The incidence of occupational asthma in the workplace is estimated to be about 2%. Examples of asthma-triggering factors in work environments include:
You may notice that your symptoms are much milder or resolve on your days off from work. Using a protective mask at work, improving ventilation and introducing an air cleaning system, as well as treatment with asthma medications, all may improve asthma symptoms in a major way at work. Of course, the ultimate solution when all else fails is to consider a change of job or profession.