Greenhouse Work can Pose Asthma Risk

Aug 15, 2008 1:36 pm

Greenhouse workers may face a heightened risk of contracting asthma due to exposure to molds and allergy-causing flowers, according to the results of a small study.

Occupational asthma is a well-known hazard of certain jobs in which workers are routinely exposed to chemicals, dust, gases, food allergens and other potential irritants to the respiratory system. It is thought that on-the-job exposure to such substances accounts for a large number of asthma cases that first emerge in adulthood.

For example, bakers may become sensitive to flour, which could then trigger asthma symptoms. For hairdressers, the culprit may be the perfumes or chemicals in hair-styling products.

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