Q What is asthma, and could my job have caused it?
Asthma is a long-term disease that affects lung function and your ability to breathe normally. When you inhale polluted, dirty, or otherwise contaminated air, the tissue in your lungs becomes inflamed, and excess mucus narrows your airway.
You can think of the process like a clogged drain. When gunk and grime buildup inside the pipes, less and less water can make it through to your sink. When your airways become inflamed, it becomes extremely difficult for your lungs to get the proper oxygen they need to adequately fill and disperse oxygen to the rest of your body. As a result, during asthmatic episodes you can experience:
- Wheezing where you hear a whistling sound when you breathe
- Increased heart rate
- Pain and tightness in your chest
- Shortness of breath
- Excessive coughing
Is Your Job Suffocating You?
Chronic asthma generally develops when you’re a child. However, unclean or polluted air at your work can cause asthmatic symptoms to worsen, and cause occupational asthma—only occurs at work—which in turn can develop into chronic asthma. Common types of work-related pollutants include:
- Chemical fumes
- Excessive aromatics (deodorants, perfumes, spices, etc.)
When you’re constantly exposed to harmful pollutants, your lungs can become irritated, attempt to shield themselves by producing excess mucus, or try to expel the unwanted pollutants with harsh and painful coughing.
Clean Air, Clean Bills, and Clean Conscience: Getting the Help You Need After an Accident
Asthma unfortunately has no known cure, and although it can be treated, prolonged episodes, or “attacks,” can be fatal. Don’t allow unsafe working conditions affect your future. If you believe that you’ve developed occupational asthma, or your asthma is being irritated by workplace air pollutants, we can help.
Unfortunately, many employers and insurance companies can make you feel suffocated when filing a workers’ compensation claim. Thankfully, we’re here to bring you the breath of fresh air that you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation and review of your case. You owe it to yourself.
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