How to Control Your Asthma at Work
No one wants to suffer an asthma attack, especially at work. Here’s how to be prepared.
Spotting Asthma Triggers in the Workplace
Asthma and other allergic conditions are relatively common, so your co-workers may appreciate it if you minimize possible triggers in your work environment. One survey of over 14,000 people identified several workplace-specific asthma triggers, including:
- Cleaning products
- Carbonless copy paper
Of course, the same things that set off asthma attacks at home can also cause problems at work. Try to get rid of cockroaches, pet dander and mold. Open up a channel of conversation with your supervisor to remedy any problems that may arise.
Here are three more tips for keeping your asthma in check at work:
- Let someone know about your asthma: You may want to inform a colleague or supervisor about your asthma and its triggers. Give them an emergency contact in case you suffer a particularly severe attack.
- Speak up about asthma triggers: People with asthma sometimes feel embarrassed or self-conscious about their disease. When you notice an asthma trigger at work, bring it up with your supervisor. Some will be sympathetic and helpful, others may not; but it is worth trying to eliminate as many asthma triggers as possible.
- Have your inhaler ready: As hard as you may try, sometimes you just can’t avoid every asthma attack trigger. That’s why it’s important to keep your asthma inhaler nearby. It is the best way to get a symptom flare-up under control.
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