Asthma Prevention When You Have Allergies
Asthma Prevention In the Car
For allergic asthma prevention when driving in your car, try these tips:
- Keep windows closed and set the air conditioner to use recirculated air if you are allergic to pollen.
- Don't permit smoking in the car.
Asthma Prevention in Hotels and While Travelling
For allergic asthma prevention when you travel, use the following suggestions:
- Pack your asthma drugs with you in your carry-on bag.
- Bring an extra bronchodilator and asthma inhaler in case you need them.
- Ask for a nonsmoking room.
- Remove feather pillows and ask for synthetic, nonallergenic pillows -- or bring your own plastic pillow cover from home.
- If possible, keep the vent on the room air conditioner shut.
Asthma and Allergy Prevention at Restaurants
For asthma prevention when you have food allergies, avoid allergy triggers at restaurants with these tips:
- For food allergies, avoid the foods that cause your allergy symptoms by carefully reading ingredient labels and asking about the food preparation methods when dining out. Choose fresh foods rather than prepared or processed foods. If you have severe asthma attacks or anaphylaxis, carry two epinephrine injection kits with you at all times.
For Children With Allergies and Asthma in School
For asthma prevention when your child has allergies and childhood asthma, use the following suggestions to protect them at school:
- Discuss your child's allergies and asthma with school personnel.
- If your child suffers from food allergies, discuss them with school officials, teachers and lunchroom staff.
- Educate your child about his/her allergies and asthma early, so your child can learn to avoid situations where he or she may eat a food that will trigger an allergic reaction. Arrange for an epinephrine kit to be left at the school, and make sure school officials (and your child when they are old enough) are able to use it correctly.
- Inform school personnel about the asthma treatments your child is taking and make arrangements to leave necessary medication at school.
- Encourage sports participation, but inform coaches of medicines that may need to be taken before activities to prevent exercise-induced asthma.
For more information, see WebMD's Asthma in Children.
Avoiding food triggers can be challenging. For asthma prevention when you have food allergies, it's important to always read food labels and, when dining out, ask how foods are prepared.
For more detail, see WebMD's article on Food Allergies and Asthma.
Consider Allergy Shots
To help prevent asthma flares when you have allergic asthma, it may be beneficial to use allergy shots to “train” your body not to overreact when exposed to allergens. Physicians (typically allergists) inject you with gradually increasing amounts of the allergen to help your immune system become more tolerant when exposed to allergies. Allergy shots cause your reactions to become milder or disappear entirely.
For more information, see WebMD's Allergy Shots for Asthma.