ABC of Asthma: CHRONIC ASTHMA—GENERAL MANAGEMENTBMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6991.1400 (Published 27 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1400
- John Rees,
- John Price
Obvious precipitating factors should be sought and avoided when practicable. This is possible for specific allergens such as animals and foods, but is not usually feasible with more widespread allergens such as pollens and house dust mites. A common non-specific stimulus is cigarette smoking. Up to a fifth of asthmatics continue to smoke andstrenuous efforts should be made to discourage smoking in both asthmatic patients and their families. Precipitating factors should be carefully explored on one of the first visits but they should also be reassessed periodically.
Many hospitals have concentrated their patients into specific asthma clinics for …