any pastry chefs with asthma?

Discussion in 'Professional Pastry Chefs' started by markj123, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. markj123

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    Was wondering if there are any pastry chefs out there besides me who has asthma?

    I've had chronic asthma since I was a toddler, but I've managed to control it by taking asthma meds.

    I graduated from culinary school last year and got a job right off the bat at a family's members restaurant. But lately I've been experiencing asthma-related symptoms while I work. I went to my doctor and he believes it's work-related.

    Does that basically mean this is the end of my career. Because I'm at the point in my life where I can't really change careers. It would be comforting to know if there are other pastry chefs out there with asthma and what they do to control it.

    Thank you.
     
  2. kaiquekuisine

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    I find that some health problems may end a career while others may not. 

    I am allergic to tomatoes... i can not peel tomatoes or my hands will get a horrible rash. So i use gloves (even though i hate using gloves). 

    I also have cluster headaches since i was a teen. I dont take meds because it doesnt work , but i have learned to cope with it. 

    Asthma even though is a health condition anyone who has it must be careful about it in no means, means you need to stop cooking. 

    Keep your meds in your pocket along with an inhaler. Drink lots of water, and try not to get stressed , as well as organize yourself so you dont have to work so fast you get out of breath. 

    My mother when i was younger had asthma she worked in a fast paced enviroment working 8-12 hours a day. She had asthma attacks a few times, but always kept her meds and inhaler around. She tried to not stress herself out, and even though she was always overworked, she would attempt to stay calm, and organized while working so she wouldnt have to over do it.

    Good luck to ya. 
     
  3. markj123

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    My asthma is said to be caused by flour inhalation, rather than working too fast/hard.

    I'm glad you and your family have worked through those problems, though. It's inspiring to hear.
     
  4. kaiquekuisine

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    You can use a mask to work though, sure they say its probably not the most hygenic solution , but its doable as well. 
     
  5. rosesen

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    I second the suggestion on wearing a mask, especially when dumping flour into the mixing bowl. You might be able to find more info using the term "baker's asthma."