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How can you prevent an asthma attack?

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You may not be able to prevent all severe asthma attacks. But you can take steps to make them less likely:

1. Take your asthma medication as often as your doctor recommends.

2. Use a peak flow meter several times a day. These devices help to check on how well your lungs are working. Start treatment immediately according to your asthma action plan, if you notice a lower reading, even if you feel fine.

3. Keep up with your doctor's appointments to find out how well your lungs are doing and to make sure your medicines are working well for you.

SOURCES:

Smolley, L. and Bruce, D. New York, Random House, 1998. Breathe Right Now,

American Family Physician , 2003.

American Academy of Family Physicians: "The Crashing Asthmatic." Expert Panel report 2: guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma.

National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 1997; NIH publication no. 97-4051.

Guidelines 2000 for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. Part 8: advanced challenges in resuscitation: section 3: special challenges in ECC.

The American Heart Association in collaboration with the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. 2000. Circulation,

UpToDate: “Management of asthma exacerbations: Emergency department and hospital-based care.”

Medscape: “Status Asthmaticus.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 21, 2019

SOURCES:

Smolley, L. and Bruce, D. New York, Random House, 1998. Breathe Right Now,

American Family Physician , 2003.

American Academy of Family Physicians: "The Crashing Asthmatic." Expert Panel report 2: guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma.

National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 1997; NIH publication no. 97-4051.

Guidelines 2000 for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. Part 8: advanced challenges in resuscitation: section 3: special challenges in ECC.

The American Heart Association in collaboration with the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. 2000. Circulation,

UpToDate: “Management of asthma exacerbations: Emergency department and hospital-based care.”

Medscape: “Status Asthmaticus.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 21, 2019

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