Is occupational rhinitis a risk factor for developing occupational asthma?

* 2- The risk of developing occupational asthma is highest in the year after the onset of occupational rhinitis.


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Principal reccomendations

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Health practitioners should provide more frequent health surveillance to workers who develop rhinitis when working with agents known to cause occupational asthma and ensure that the workplace and working practices are investigated to identify potential causes and implement corrective actions.

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