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How can you prevent asthma?

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Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Control inflammation: Asthma is an inflammatory condition caused by genetic & environmental factors. Avoiding allergens (dust mites, pet dander, mold) & irritants (smoke) can decrease the likelihood of developing asthma. Once diagnosed, avoiding these can also help as well as staying on controller medications that keep inflammation from triggering an attack. Regular visits with an asthma specialist can also help.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Control: Prevention and long-term control includes avoiding triggers of asthma, such as allergens, smoking and infections. Sometimes daily medicines such as inhaled bronchodilators, steroids, or oral leukotriene inhibitors singularly or in combination are necessary to prevent asthma.For this type of therapy, consult your doctor.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Avoid triggers...: To avoid an asthma exacerbation, one needs to avoid known triggers whenever possible. But, there are triggers that are difficult to avoid completely, like high pollen counts. Your doctor can help determine what your particular triggers are and help with avoidance when possible.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Choose parents well: There are many components to the asthma experience & by far the most important is genetic. Those born into families where one or both parents have or had asthma have a higher lifetime risk. There is an interaction with eczema, allergies &asthma within families. You can reduce the impact by avoiding smoking or exposure to fumes, etc.But this comes out if your born susceptible, when the time comes.
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
See below: Prevent triggers/exposures! need comprehensive allergy testing and asthma education about triggers in your environment - home, work etc. Sometimes relocating may eliminate your asthma...
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Stop smoking ...: The single most important modifiable risk factor is to stop smoking. SIGN/BTS 2014 recommends (Level B brit-thoracic.org) "Parents and parents-to-be are advised of the many adverse effects which smoking has on their children including increased wheezing in infancy and increased risk of persistent asthma" Weight loss if obese and breathing exercises may have a preventive role, or adjuvant to drugs
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Asthma: Asthma is a common condition that affects the airways. The typical symptoms are wheeze, cough, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. Symptoms can range from mild to severe. Treatment usually works well to ease and prevent symptoms. Treatment is usually with inhalers. http://patient.info/health/asthma-leaflet
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See your family doc: You should avoid things that cause your asthma if you know what they are (for instance dust or cats). There are medications that are breathed in that can help prevent an asthma attack, these need to be prescribed by a doctor.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Can asthma be prevented?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes, with medication: An asthma patient has episodes of bronchospasm (airways tighten up) plus swelling of the airways & increased mucus. Inhalers like albuterol relax & open up airways; inhalers like Flovent (steroid) prevent or decrease swelling & mucus. Preventive medicines like singulair (montelukast) can help. Avoid triggers such as pollen, smoke, etc... Many children outgrow their asthma, but may get an episode years later.
A 21-year-old male asked:

How could i prevent asthma from triggering?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Preventing Asthma: I would hope your asthma specialist has gone over this with you or has prescribed for you treatments for both acute bronchospasm and medications to prevent an asthma attack. There are numerous ways to do the above. Some involve preventative inhalers in addition to the acute inhaler for bronchospasm. There is also a medication in pill form, singulair, (montelukast) that is designed to prevent asthma attacks.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Could exercise prevent asthma?

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Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
No: Exercise improves exercise tolerance, but does nothing to help asthma. That being said, it does not worsen it either.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How can someone prevent asthma?

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Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 18 years experience
Many things: Once you and your physician have found the "triggers" for your attacks, minimizing exposure and medication treatment should prevent most attacks. If your attacks are allergy based- animal dander, seasonal allergies, etc -reducing your exposure is definitely an advantage. Keeping a good daily log of your attacks and the particulars of when and where it happened are also good to reduce attacks.

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