Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Wheezing due to Asthma Prevention

Strategies to prevent asthma attacks include:

  • Stop smoking.
  • Avoid exposure to secondary smoke.
  • Do not use a vacuum indoors:
    • Ask someone else in your household to vacuum.
    • Use a dust mask if you must vacuum.
  • Avoid food color.
  • Avoid substances that trigger your asthma
  • Clean heating and cooling ducts in the house.
  • Do not use aerosols or spray cleaners in the bedroom.
  • Install allergy filters in the heating and cooling system:
    • Change them once per month.
  • Place plastic covers over mattresses and pillows.
  • Remove carpeting.
  • Remove stuffed furniture and stuffed animals from the bedroom.
  • Use a dehumidifier to keep humidity below 50 percent.
  • Wash all bed linens in hot water every week.
  • Wear an alert bracelet that identifies your allergies.
  • Do not go outside when it is windy. This increases your exposure to pollen.
  • Do not sleep on upholstered furniture.
  • Do not mow or rake your lawn.
  • Ask your doctor about vitamin D supplements

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Last Updated: Nov 17, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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