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Asthma and Allergies

Asthma is a disease that affects the lungs. It is one of the most common long-term diseases of children. It causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing. Asthma can be controlled by following a medical management plan and by avoiding contact with environmental “triggers,” such as cockroaches, dust mites, furry pets, mold, tobacco smoke, and certain chemicals.

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Asthma (overview)
Asthma Information from the National Center for Environmental Health

General Information
includes speaker's kit, asthma and flu shots, basic asthma facts

Asthma's Impact on Children and Adolescents
Provides information on CDC control programs and activities, school health, more...

Healthy Youth: Asthma in Schools
Information from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion provides asthma fact sheet, data and statistics, science-based strategies, links to other resources, more…

National Asthma Control Program
includes Guide for State Health Agencies; children, adolescents and asthma; Programs in Brief

Data and Surveillance
includes asthma survey questions, behavioral risk factor surveillance system prevalence data, CSTE asthma surveillance definition, Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Reports, more...

includes evaluation of the ZAP Asthma Project, Healthy People 2010 - asthma sections, key clinical activities for quality asthma care, interventions for children, Managing Asthma: A Guide for Schools, more...

Legislation and Policy
includes links to National and State and Local governmental organizations involved in Asthma legislation and policy.

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Asthma & Allergies in the Workplace

Millions of people suffer from allergies caused by every day exposures to agents such as dust mites, cat dander, and pollens. Agents encountered by workers can also cause allergic problems such as asthma, nasal and sinus allergies, hives, and even severe anaphylactic reactions. Examples of these work-related agents include animal proteins, enzymes, flour, natural rubber latex, and certain reactive chemicals.

NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Asthma and Allergies
Provides links to NIOSH publications and surveillance information on occupational asthma and allergies, including information on agricultural workers, Diisocyanates, and animal handling.

NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Occupational Latex Allergies
Provides information for health care and other workers on allergic reactions from Latex gloves.

NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Indoor Environmental Quality
Includes information on air quality and other factors that may contribute to health complaints by building occupants.

NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Skin Exposures and Effects
Includes information on allergic and irritant Dermatitis and other occupational skin conditions.

NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Isocyanates
Provides links to NIOSH publications, Heath Hazard Evaluations, and analytical and sampling methods for isocyantes.

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