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Asthma Prevention

Prevention

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.
  • 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.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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