Can asthma be prevented?

Not always... Asthma exacerbations can be caused by allergic triggers and avoidance of these triggers will decrease the exacerbations. However, it is not always possible to avoid all known triggers and some episodes have no obvious associated triggers. So, asthma is not always avoidable.
Not really. Asthma is a syndrome - a collection of symptoms that we treat as a single disease as we don't know why it occurs. Some things appear to reduce the risk of asthma (growing up with pets, growing up not in the city, not being a poor urban child), but none reduce the risk to zero and many are not avoidable easily.
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.

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Can be my asthma preventer too week? I'm on clenil modulite, is there more powerful preventers?

Asthma. Ther are multiple drugs to prevent asthma. One of them that you might need to ask your physician about is Monteleukast on a daily regimen to be taken at night. Read more...

How can you prevent asthma?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...

How can someone prevent asthma?

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. Read more...

How can I prevent asthma symptoms?

See an allergist. The best way to manage asthma is to identify your triggers, avoid them as much as you can, and use medications to control any residual inflammation. The mistake you want to avoid is not treating the asthmatic inflammation adequately - this leads to scar tissue formation and permanent loss of lung function. Read more...
Immunotherapy. As usual, dr. Stevens gives excellent advice. I want to add that immunotherapy, either conventional allergen immunotherapy or monoclonal antibody injections of Omalizumab (xolair) are additional excellent ways to prevent asthma symptoms. In children at risk for developing asthma conventional immunotherapy significantly reduces that risk. Talk to your allergist about allergy shots. Read more...

How can I prevent asthma symptoms after exercise?

Use inhaler. Once your asthma symptoms has been well controlled except for exercise-induced bronchospasms, an additional 2-3 puffs of albuterol/xopenex inhalation 10 minutes before exercise should be helpful. Read more...
Albuterol before. Use 2 puffs of albuterol 20 minutes before exercise to prevent wheezing from exercise induced brochospasm. This treatment may not prevent wheezing due to poorly controlled asthma which becomes more symptomatic with exercise. Read more...
Treatment... This is called exercise-induced asthma. The treatment includes the use of a bronchodilator inhaler before you begin exercising and have it available for use once you stop exercising. See your doctor so that this can be prescribed for you. It is usually effective in controlling these symptoms, allowing you to exercise. Read more...

How to prevent asthma?

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. Read more...
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... Read more...

How to prevent asthma?

Treat the cause . with asthma you are not stuck with medicines and inhalers. We propose to treat the cause. The cause is usually environmental like what you breathe dust molds pollens and hidden food allergy. When you treat these you minimize need for medicine and you hardly need breathing meds. This is prevention. To learn more Please visit us at www.ehacstl.com . Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...

How to prevent allrgic asthma attacks?

Prevent... To prevent asthma exacerbations, one needs to avoid the allergen triggers as much as possible. This is often difficult to do but by avoiding the allergens, you lessen the chance of having an exacerbation. To indentify your allergic triggers, you may need to see an allergist for allergy testing. Read more...
Several ways. The most important thing is to avoid the trigger if known. Seasonal asthma such as from pollens may require an increase in controller medication before pollen season starts. Allergy injections are an excellent way to prevent allergic asthma after identifying the causative allergens. While this is more time consuming, it is the only real long-term treatment that is disease-modifying! Read more...

How could I prevent asthma from triggering?

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. Read more...