What is industrial asthma?
If you have never had asthma before and you suddenly start experiencing symptoms after doing a certain type of work, you could have occupational asthma.
There are two types of industrial asthma:
Allergic occupational asthma – this is the most common type of industrial asthma, it is triggered by allergens such as flour dust (Baker’s Asthma), fumes, and wood dust. If you suffer from allergic occupational asthma, and the reason you developed an allergy to something at work is because you were exposed to large amounts of the allergen for a long time, which made you become sensitive to it.
Irritant induced occupational asthma – is a non-allergenic form of asthma caused when you breathe in a particular type of fume at work that irritates your airways, causing asthma symptoms.