What is the focus of the clinical history to evaluate environmentally related asthma?

Updated: Oct 07, 2019
  • Author: John J Oppenheimer, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Assessments should be made regarding the following, when looking at symptom exacerbation in patients who may have environmentally related asthma:

  • Personal or secondary tobacco smoke exposure in or out of the home

  • Gas-burning stoves, fireplaces, or heaters used in the home

  • Sprays or chemical agents at work, home, or with hobbies

  • Symptoms only at 1 place (ie, at work during week with no symptoms on weekends)

  • School or business associates with similar problems

  • Symptoms after eating (dried, canned, or processed food)

  • Medications, such as beta blockers (including eye drops), aspirin, or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)


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