Asthma Management Handbook

Primary prevention of asthma


This section contains guidance and information about preventing asthma from developing in people who do not already have a diagnosis of asthma (primary prevention).

Although evidence is emerging about the aetiology of asthma and the role of various predisposing factors, there is no reliable evidence that interventions to prevent asthma are effective in individuals.

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For information on preventing asthma symptoms or flare-ups, see

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