Smoking tobacco not only increases your chances of developing lung cancer, but also your risk of asthma and COPD. Secondhand smoke also carries this risk. Therefore, avoid these allergens or triggers when possible.
Be up-to-date with your vaccines
Additionally, getting vaccinated against preventable illnesses can reduce the risk of asthma later on. Some of the most important vaccines for potential asthmatics to receive are the flu, pneumococcal, varicella, and DTaP or Tdap vaccines. Because people with asthma are more at risk of developing more severe COVID infections, getting a COVID vaccine is also recommended.
Prepare during pregnancy
Pregnant women can also influence their baby’s risk of developing or preventing asthma. According to the latest GINA report, mothers who ate food that commonly trigger allergies like peanuts and milk during pregnancy actually decreased the risk of allergies and asthma in their children. However, doctors do not yet recommend a specific diet for pregnant mothers to prevent allergies and asthma.
On the other hand, smoking or secondhand smoke exposure during pregnancy increases the risk of the child developing asthma later on.