There are no guidelines for preventing asthma because the cause is unknown. However, you can help prevent asthma attacks by avoiding things that trigger the attacks. Some general guidelines include:
- Keep windows closed.
- Consider getting HEPA filters for your heating/cooling system and your vacuum cleaner.
- Keep the humidity down in your house.
- Avoid strenuous outdoor exercise during days with high air pollution, a high pollen count, or a high ozone level.
- Get a yearly flu shot .
- Treat allergies and sinusitis.
- Don't smoke.
- Avoid breathing in chemicals or second-hand smoke.
- Don't regularly use a wood-burning stove . Researchers reported that heating systems that are more efficient and non-polluting can help to reduce asthma symptoms in children. *¹
- If allergies trigger your asthma attacks, ask your doctor about allergy shots.
Talk to your doctor about:
- An appropriate level of exercise for you
- Ways track your asthma—This will help you to identify and treat flare-ups right away.
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