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Prevention of Asthma

Prevention of asthma

      Avoidance of allergens is the most important element for avoiding asthma attacks. The most common irritant for asthma sufferers is tobacco smoke. There are literally thousands of indoor and outdoor irritants, which makes avoidance of all irritants very difficult to impossible for some asthmatics. Managing asthma requires constant effort on the part of the individual with the disease and their doctor. Depending on the type of asthma, the severity of the disease and the elements that can trigger it, patient and doctor should work together to discover the best medications and lifestyle strategies to manage the disease. For the patient, understanding the triggers affecting asthma attacks is essential.

Patients should:

      1) Develop a well thought out plan for the medications used to manage the disease, as well as a plan for managing an asthma attack. Regular visits with the doctor are necessary to monitor and continually manage the disease.
2) Monitor breathing so that any sign of an attack can be addressed before a full scale asthma attack occurs. Coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath can all indicate an impending attack. Regularly and consistently monitoring lung functioning with a peak flow meter can indicate potential onset of an attack prior to wheezing and other signals.
3) Act quickly when an attack occurs so that the amount of medication needed to control it is as small as possible. If symptoms continue after taking medication, seek medical help as determined in your 'action plan'.

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology provides outstanding resources for those suffering from asthma and it's complications. For parents of asthmatic children, the Allergy & Asthmatic Network Mothers of Asthmatics offers excellent information for both parents and children.

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