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Prevention

To avoid further asthma attacks or asthmatic complaints, you should observe the following measures:

  • Avoid cigarette smoke (active and passive)!
  • Avoid pets in your household: Sensitive patients should refrain from buying fur or feather-bearing animals, as the development of an animal allergy cannot be ruled out.
  • Avoid occupational or other contact with irritants: In hazardous workplaces, the occurrence of asthma can be prevented by avoiding irritants at an early stage!
  • Make sure you have as little contact as possible with house dust mites (although there is no good scientific evidence that, for example, using mite allergen-impermeable covers on mattresses, blankets and pillows (so-called "encasing") prevents bronchial asthma.
  • Allergy-causing substances in the air (pollen, mold) and certain air pollutants (e.g. diesel exhaust, nitrogen dioxide and ozone) pose particular health risks in asthma. You should try to avoid these irritants.
  • Asthmatics cannot tolerate an indoor climate that is too humid. Try to avoid damp rooms in your home.
Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Sönnichsen

Andreas Sönnichsen

Head of the Department of General Medicine and Family Medicine, Center for Public Health, Medical University of Vienna

Univ.-Prof. Dr. med.

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