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Ochmann, Uta ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0009-0003-3454-9691 and Nowak, Dennis ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7871-8686 (2018): Berufsbedingtes Asthma. Immer ernst nehmen! In: Pneumologe, Vol. 15, No. 3: pp. 164-173

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Bronchial asthma can be induced and/or worsened by occupational exposure. Approximately 10-15% of all asthmatic diseases in adults are related to the workplace according to international epidemiological studies. Work-related asthmatic diseases can be triggered by airway allergens as well as by chemical irritants and working materials with toxic effects. The diagnostics of work-related bronchial asthma include a comprehensive workplace-related medical history. This is complemented by testing for occupational allergens and an attempt to objectify the reported association of symptoms to the workplace, for example by monitoring lung function with and without exposure at the workplace. If reliable facts for a causal association can be found, a complaint of an occupational disease with respect to work-related asthma must be filed. Furthermore, workplace-related breathing difficulties can be a sign of insufficient workplace safety. In order to optimize management of asthma patients, a collaboration between pneumologists and company physicians is necessary, independent of whether there is a suspicion of a work-related disease or not.

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