Occupational asthma is an important disease.
Its prevention is necessary, but difficult.
Its diagnosis is not always easy, but within reach of most respiratory or occupational physicians.
Its correct management is complex because of the socio-economic consequences.
Educational aims Occupational asthma is a “special” form of asthma that often causes diagnostic and therapeutic problems for busy clinicians. This article aims to help practising pulmonologists to:
avoid common pitfalls that lead to the role of occupation being missed in adult patients with asthma;
confirm the diagnosis of occupational asthma in patients with suspected occupational asthma;
manage patients with occupational asthma.
The issues of prevention and surveillance of workers at risk of occupational asthma, however important, will not be addressed here.
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