The Asthma Trigger Most Adults Can’t Escape

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Wheezing and coughing on the job from work-related asthma is more common than you might think, according to a new U.S. health report.

Almost 16 percent of American adults with asthma either developed the condition on the job or have asthma symptoms made worse by conditions in their workplace, said Dr. Jacek Mazurek, lead author of a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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That adds up to an estimated 1.9 million cases of work-related asthma in the 22 states that were part of the CDC study.

“Work-related asthma is associated with increased disability, mortality, and adverse social and economic outcomes,” said Mazurek, a lead research epidemiologist with the division of respiratory disease studies at the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Many people who have asthma flare-ups at work experience poor quality of life, loss of income and unemployment, he added.

The new findings are published in the April 10 edition of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Overall, about one in 10 Americans has asthma, researchers found.