Occupational Asthma

  • Medical Author: Irina Petrache, MD
  • Medical Author: Christopher James Huffer, MD
  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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Where can a person find more information about occupational asthma?

"Asthma," American Lung Association

"Asthma and Allergies," U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

"Occupational Asthma," Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Medically reviewed by James E Gerace, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Pulmonary Disease


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