Over 250 industrial chemicals have been identified as potential triggers for occupational asthma. These are some of the substances:
· Proteins present in dander, hair, scales, fur, saliva, and bodily wastes of animals are examples of animal compounds.
· Paints, varnishes, adhesives, laminates, and soldering resin are all made with chemicals. Chemicals used in insulation, packing materials, and foam mattresses and upholstery are some further examples.
· Detergents and flour conditioners include enzymes.
· Platinum, chromium, and nickel sulphate are all metals.
· Proteins present in natural rubber latex, flour, cereals, cotton, flax, hemp, rye, wheat, and papain – a digestive enzyme produced from papaya — are all examples of plant compounds.
· Chlorine gas, sulphur dioxide, and smoke are all respiratory irritants.
When the lungs get irritated or inflamed, it develops asthma symptoms. inflammation triggers a chain of events that narrow the airways, making breathing harder. Lung inflammation can be produced by an allergic reaction to a chemical in occupational asthma, which normally develops over time. In the absence of allergies, breathing fumes from a lung irritant, such as chlorine, can cause rapid asthma symptoms.