Asthma can affect anyone. From kids to adults, it’s a disease that could be hereditary or it can be caused by outside influences. It happens to be one of the most common occupational diseases.
Many employees work with irritants that cause asthma, or make its symptoms more severe.
If you have the symptoms of asthma, but have never suffered from the disease in the past, your work may be the culprit. Especially if you work in an industry that is commonly associated with asthma, including:
- Chemical plants
- Paper mills
These industries are associated with breathing in harmful toxins. In some cases, you may go your whole career working around irritants without a respirator. These cases take place over years, with you slowly breathing in toxins. You may not show signs or symptoms of having asthma until long after it has already develop
It’s long exposure that is especially dangerous in asthma cases. You won’t get the disease from breathing in a dangerous chemical once, but constant exposure could be a culprit for contracting asthma.
For those who already have asthma, it is important to know the risks of your job. If you are around irritants, it may make your symptoms worse or lead to frequent asthma attacks.
If you begin experiencing any of the symptoms of asthma, such as wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath or chest tightness, you should consult with a doctor. If it’s determined that your job is the reason for your symptoms, you may have the opportunity to recover losses from your employer.