Fast Five Quiz: Allergic Asthma Management

Zab Mosenifar, MD


May 14, 2021

Environmental control is an important component of the management of allergic asthma. Because most people spend 30%-60% of their time at home, specific efforts to control allergen exposures in the home are important. Increasing evidence suggests that a home environment assessment is an effective strategy for improving environmental quality, respiratory symptoms, and asthma control.

Activity restrictions are not generally recommended for patients with allergic asthma, and the 2021 GINA Report, Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention, recommends encouraging patients with asthma to engage in regular physical activity. Studies have even shown that winter outdoor exercise in moderate temperatures can reduce airway inflammation. However, susceptible patients with allergic asthma should avoid outdoor activity during midday and the afternoon when pollen counts are highest.

Annual pneumococcal pneumonia vaccination is not mandatory for patients with allergic asthma unless it is indicated based on the patient's age (ie, older than 65 years). However, an annual flu shot is essential, and patients are also encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

Learn more about treatment considerations in the management of allergic asthma.


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