occupational asthma

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Symptoms of wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath resembling those of asthma, attributable to occupational exposure to allergens that cause true asthma, or to dusts, fumes, or suspended atmospheric particles. Some types, for instance byssinosis, begin as a form of occupational asthma, but if untreated progress to chronic obstructive lung disease.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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