Except for asthma related to the work environment, no one knows for certain how to prevent asthma from developing. However, individuals can lower the chance of having an asthma attack. Right now many researchers are trying to understand what causes the development of asthma so that it can be prevented.
Until we know more about what causes asthma, the best way to prevent attacks is to avoid the triggers, like secondhand smoke, that make asthma worse. Other preventative actions include:
- Minimize or eliminate dust, pet dander, mold, allergens and irritants at home, school or workplace
- Be aware of pollution levels in your area before going outdoors
- Properly using medications
- Getting regular check-ups from a healthcare provider
To improve asthma at a societal level, the California Department of Public Health has coordinated the development of the Strategic Plan for Asthma in California 2015-2019. This plan outlines strategies and recommendations for different stakeholders throughout the state to work collaboratively to reduce the asthma burden for California.
For more information on how to prevent asthma, visit:
- The Center for Disease Control's Asthma website
- The Healthy Homes resource from the California Department of Public Health's Environmental Investigation Branch.