Work and asthma

1) Work

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If you are of working age and you have been diagnosed with asthma you may be concerned about how this could affect your ability to work now and in the future. Ideally you should be able to continue working as long as your asthma is well controlled.

Working for as long as you are able with a diagnosis of asthma provides not only a daily routine but will improve your financial, social and psychological wellbeing as well as your physical health.

Here are some questions to think about:

  • Is your job affecting your asthma?
  • Is your job making your asthma worse?
  • Can your job be adjusted in some way to make managing both work and living with asthma easier?
  • Are your asthma symptoms worse during the working week but better on days off or when you are on holiday?