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Asthma Prevention When You Have Allergies

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  • Try to avoid extreme temperature changes -- they are causes of asthma for some people with asthma.
  • To protect yourself from insect stings, wear shoes, long pants and sleeves, and do not wear scented deodorants, perfumes, shampoos, or hair products.

Pet Dander Prevention

To prevent asthma symptoms when you have pet allergies, try the following suggestions:

  • It is best not to own any pets if you or your child is highly allergic.
  • Long visits to friends and family who own pets should be avoided. If you do visit, make sure you or your child takes asthma or allergy medicines before the visit. Exposure to the pets should be kept to a minimum when visiting.
  • If you must have a cat or dog in the home, restrict its living area. It should not be allowed in your or your child's bedroom at any time. If possible, keep the pet outside.
  • Wash your pet weekly.
  • Remove as much carpeting as possible. Animal dander deposits in the carpet and stays there, even after the pet is gone from the home.

For more detail, see WebMD's article on Allergies and Asthma.

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.


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