What was the treatment for your occupational asthma?
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What is the treatment for occupational asthma?
The mainstay of treatment for occupational asthma is removal from the exposure. It's important that occupational asthma be diagnosed and the patient avoids further exposure, because most patients with occupational asthma will get worse over time if they remain exposed. This often means changing jobs or changing the particular duty at the workplace.
Occupational asthma can be treated the same as regular asthma, with inhaled medicines called bronchodilators that open (dilate) the airways as well as inhaled anti-inflammatory medicines (glucocorticoids). However, the most important intervention is to avoid any further exposure.
Respiratory masks can help reduce the amount of agent that reaches your airway but do not prevent symptoms of occupational asthma.