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Table. Questions to consider for patients with suspected work-related asthma

Was there any unusual exposure to any substance at work within the 24 hours before symptoms began?

Did the person’s co-workers experience respiratory symptoms?

Does the person’s asthma symptoms improve when away from work (e.g. weekends, holidays)?

Are symptoms of rhinitis or conjunctivitis worse at work?

Source: Adapted from Tarlo SM, Balmes J, Balkissoon R et al. Diagnosis and management of work-related asthma: American College Of Chest Physicians Consensus Statement. Chest 2008; 134(3 Suppl): 1S-41S. Available from:

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