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.
Take medicines only when needed
Medications such as paracetamol and NSAIDs are useful and generally safe to reduce pain and fevers. However, studies have shown that frequent use can increase the risk of developing asthma or triggering an attack.
The reason for this is because some NSAIDs like aspirin and ibuprofen can to increase the production of leukotrienes. Leukotrienes are chemicals that trigger inflammation, mucus production, and airway tightening. All of these symptoms are also experienced during an asthma attack.
In summary, asthma is hereditary and environmental. Someone with a family history of asthma or atopy coupled with a number of environmental exposures has a greater chance of developing asthma than only one of these factors. Proper nutrition, routine vaccinations, and avoiding allergens are some of the ways to prevent asthma even if you have a family history. Talk to a doctor for a full evaluation to see if you are at risk or already have asthma.
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