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Reactive Airway Disease—Adult
|Airways to Lungs|
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- Family history of reactive airway disease or asthma
- History of allergies
- Tightness in the chest
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- Bronchodilators to open the airways
- Corticosteroid medications to reduce inflammation
- Mast cell stabilizers or leukotriene inhibitors that can prevent inflammation
- Combination of these medications
Preventing Flare up
- Take precautions by getting the seasonal flu and pneumonia vaccines.
- If seasonal allergens are a trigger:
- Keep windows closed when possible. This is especially important during high pollen seasons in late morning and afternoon.
- Talk to you doctor about any adjustments that need to be made to your care plan around allergy season.
- Consider getting allergy shots, if your symptoms are chronic and you are not responding to other treatments.
- If household dust is a trigger:
- Have someone else vacuum for you. If you must vacuum, wear a dust mask. Consider getting HEPA filters for your vacuum cleaner.
- Use dust cover on mattress or pillows. If you don't have a cover on your pillow, wash it once per week in hot water.
- Wash all towels and linens in hot water.
- Avoid exposure to pets. Do not allow pets in the bedroom.
- If chemicals and strong scents are triggers—Avoid breathing in chemicals or anything with a strong scent like perfumes or scented candles.
- Be cautious around wood-burning stoves or fireplaces. This can be triggers for some.
American Academy of Asthma & Immunology http://www.aaaai.org
FamilyDoctor—American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
The Asthma Society of Canada http://www.asthma.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Asthma and reactive airway disease (RAD). Nationwide Children’s Hospital website. Available at: http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/gd/applications/heh/pdf/HH-I-11.pdf. Accessed July 8, 2013.
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 08/2014
- Update Date: 08/29/2013