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Asthma is on the increase with over three million sufferers in the UK today.

Many sufferers may believe it is genetic or caused by general air pollution or hay fever but medical research has long established a link with various types of work and occupations that exposes sufferers to certain conditions.

Asthma is a body defence reaction to the perceived threats from exposure to dust, vapours or fumes and in sufferers, the windpipe becomes inflamed and lungs may tighten causing shortness of breath symptoms.

If you suffer asthma at work and have worked with any of the substances listed on the right, you may have a claim for occupational asthma. You do not still have to be employed in those conditions, employees have been under a duty for many years to ensure workplaces are safe, including reducing the rick of exposure to substances known to cause or contribute to respiratory illness.