Patient Comments: Occupational Asthma - Causes and Risks


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Comment from: GelLungs, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 15

Don't ever let your employer tell you that it is safe to stand between you and the chemicals that you are working with while (spraying) something is on. For 10 years, my employer forced us to wear N95 masks with 1 strap removed when I sprayed gel coats, unsaturated resin, MMA (methylmalonic acid), methyl, acetone, methacrylate, methyl, ethyl, ketone peroxide, acetone, alpha methyl styrene, hydrogen peroxide, thermal wash, etc. In 2009, I lost all sense of smell and a lot of my nasal tissue inside my sinus. I started coughing up bloody sputum that was tested as pcs of my lower respiratory tract. This went on for 1 and a 1/2 years. When I tried to see a pulmonologist, instead, my employer wanted my own health insurance to pay the medical costs. When I refused to lie, I was fired on the spot. For another 2 years, I coughed blood and lost all nasal function. My throat was tested for corrosive esophagitis. I was prescribed every antibiotic known. Nothing helped. My employer only allowed me 3 months of COBRA and no doctor would see me because they were afraid of not getting paid. All I want to say is 'if you feel a cough, fever, chills, burning in your sinus and into your chest, go to the emergency room. And always wear an approved fitted respirator. Now I am forced to avoid all chemicals, irritants, gases, dusts, and odors. What could have been avoided turned out to be the worst thing possible. To this day, I still can't find a doctor to treat me because it was work related. SSI put me on disability and yet, I still can't see a doctor. What happened to their oath!


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