Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Pollution Triggers Asthma

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 11:10 AM

Question: I have a chance to travel to China, specifically Beijing. But I have asthma and I worry whether the air pollution could be a problem for me. What precautions do you recommend to lessen my risk?
Dr. Hibberd's answer:
As you know, a number of outdoor allergens and irritants — ranging from pollen to cold air and air pollution — can trigger asthma attacks. With your doctor and health care team, write a detailed plan for taking medications and managing an asthma attack. Then be sure to follow your plan. Recognize warning signs of an impending attack, such as slight coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath. Take your medication as instructed and immediately stop any activity that may have triggered the attack. If your symptoms don't improve, get medical help as directed in your action plan.
If you are anywhere near dusty, polluted areas, wear a facemask, and always carry your asthma inhaler or medications with you.

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Asthmatics should bring drugs when traveling to places with poor air quality.
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