What is included in patient education about asthma?

Updated: Oct 07, 2019
  • Author: John J Oppenheimer, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Patients should be informed that upper airway allergic symptoms can be an early warning system for allergic asthma.

Parents with a history of allergies should be advised that some evidence suggests that environmental control measures may potentially prevent sensitization in their children. Simple, but unproven, measures include removing bedroom carpet, avoiding passive smoke exposure, venting gas appliances, increasing fish and vegetable intake, and breastfeeding.

For patient education information, see eMedicineHealth's Asthma Center, as well as Asthma, Asthma FAQ, Occupational Asthma, and Asthma Medications.


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