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Wednesday 24 October 2018
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How to prevent asthma in adults

Asthma is a condition that causes your airways to narrow and swell, making breathing difficult. Unfortunately, asthma cannot be cured, but its symptoms can be managed.

The best method for managing asthma is a strong partnership with your GP, and carefully following their advice.

According to the experts at House Call Doctor, identifying your triggers, following your asthma action plan and taking medications as directed can help manage symptoms. But here’s what you should do to help prevent symptoms from occurring in the first place.

At home

Reduce your exposure to allergens by using allergen-free covers on mattresses and pillows. Wash your bed linen in hot water to remove dust mites.

Ban pets from your bedroom – they can increase the presence of allergens.

Make sure your bathroom is well ventilated. If there isn’t a fan installed, make sure the window is opened after showers to reduce the possibility of mould growing.

Reduce the amount of carpets and rugs in your living spaces. If this isn’t possible, vacuum regularly.

Consider staying indoors as much as possible during peak pollen times, such as Spring. Aim to exercise indoors during these times as well, and when it is particularly hot or cold outside.

Try not to burn candles or incense, as the smoke from these can trigger an attack.

At work

Avoid any smoking areas around your workplace. Research indicates smoke and the odour of tobacco can trigger an asthma attack in some people.

Some cleaning products can also be a trigger. Find out when your office is cleaned and what products are used to prevent an attack.

If comfortable, inform your colleagues of your asthma and your known triggers. If fragrance is particularly harmful to you, kindly request they keep their perfume and cologne application to a minimum.

If someone close to you is displaying cold or flu symptoms, avoid close contact and do what you can to stay well.

Do you suffer from Asthma?