Monday, November 2, 2015

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Discuss Occupational Asthma

Asthma is a common lung disease characterized by an inflammation of the airways that causes them to swell and narrow. This leads to attacks of wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. While asthma is commonly regarded as a childhood disease, persons of any age can develop asthma. Asthma that is caused or worsened by factors related to a person’s job is called occupational asthma. Occupational asthma is the most common occupational lung disease in the industrialized world. It is estimated that up to 15% of adult cases of asthma are job-related. It is possible to develop occupational asthma in almost any workplace, but certain industries present a higher risk. Below are some examples of occupations at high risk, as well as possible irritants associated with them: Metal workers – Cobalt, nickel, platinum, chromium Bakers – Cereal grains, flour, insect and enzyme products, storage mites Carpenters – Wood dust Healthcare workers – Latex, biocides, acrylates, d

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