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Click on this link for the Work-related Asthma website
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Click on this link to the Provider Education Program (PEP) about Work-related Asthma workshops and an eModule for successful learning.
Prevention is the most important goal. Work with your employer to come up with solutions to help control your asthma. This may involve moving to a different area within your workplace, improving ventilation, or the use of personal protective equipment. After speaking with your doctor, take any prescribed medications and take action to avoid your asthma triggers.
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WHAT YOU CAN DO
Whether it’s "work-exacerbated asthma" or "occupational asthma", it is important to get it under control as soon as possible. Asthma control involves reducing or eliminating your exposure to the offending agent, and you also may require regular asthma medications. Other than this step, the treatment of work-related asthma is the same as the treatment of any asthma as outlined in the Managing Your Asthma section. As with anyone with asthma, it is important to have a written Asthma Action Plan from your doctor to help you take better control and reduce the chance of asthma attacks. Take the following steps:
Visit your family physician, who can send you for asthma breathing tests (called Spirometry) that measure your lung function. Although the 1998 "Canadian Thoracic Society Guidelines for Occupational Asthma" is written for health care professionals, you might find it useful to read.