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Environmental Control

Clinicians should review each patient's exposure to allergens and irritants and provide a multipronged strategy to reduce exposure to those allergens and irritants to which a patient is sensitive and exposed, i.e., that make the patient's asthma worse.

EPR-3 Recommendation

The Expert Panel recommends that patients who have asthma at any level of severity be queried about exposure to inhalant allergens, particularly indoor inhalant allergens, tobacco smoke and other irritants, and be advised as to their potential effect on the patient's asthma. The Expert Panel recommends that allergen avoidance requires a multifaceted, comprehensive approach that focuses on the allergens and irritants to which the patient is sensitive and exposed – individual steps alone are generally ineffective.

Environmental Links

Environmental Patient Handouts

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