Asthma Prevention

How do you prevent asthma?

  • Early recognition of condition
  • Control of the disease
  • Rest breaks as needed
  • Avoid aggravating activities


What puts an individual at risk for asthma?

As asthma is a disease which may be developed at any time in life, the risk factors presented here describe not only the risk of having an asthmatic episode, but also those which influence the development of the disease.

Intrinsic Risk Factors

  • Genetics
  • Family history of asthma
  • Obesity
  • Male gender


Extrinsic Risk Factors

  • Allergens (indoor and outdoor)
  • Respiratory illness (primarily viral)
  • Time of day (early morning or night time)
  • Poor asthma control
  • NSAID medications or aspirin
  • Cold weather
  • Environmental Factors (smoke, allergens, dust mites, pollution)