[Work aggravated asthma]

Duodecim. 2014;130(17):1691-8.
[Article in Finnish]


One out of five working persons with asthma has work-related respiratory symptoms. When exploring the symptoms of a working-age patient it is essential to survey the job description and working conditions. Early intervention in the factors aggravating the respiratory symptoms will decrease morbidity, maintain working capacity and improve the quality of life. Occupational health service and the employer play a central role in identifying and decreasing the exposure factors in the working environment as well as in patient guidance for asthma therapy and protecting from the stimuli. The working capacity of an asthmatic person can be improved by applying vocational rehabilitation.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Asthma, Occupational / epidemiology
  • Asthma, Occupational / etiology*
  • Asthma, Occupational / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Job Description
  • Occupational Exposure / adverse effects*
  • Occupational Health
  • Quality of Life
  • Rehabilitation, Vocational
  • Risk Factors