Beijing’s air quality is often cited as a key concern for travellers to China, particularly those suffering from asthma. Dr Fiona Newton, a family medicine physician at Beijing United Family Hospital, offers a thorough and practical guide for asthmatics interested in travelling to China. The article outlines simple effective ways of managing asthma, both before and after arrival in China. Initially, it is advisable to visit your local GP, to assess your asthma and prescribe relevant medication to bring with you. Immunization against influenza is also often advised to reduce the risks of an asthma flare-up. Once you have arrived in Beijing, where appropriate it is recommended that your wear a face mask and hire or purchase air purifiers. In the advent of an emergency or to ensure ongoing management, Dr Newton outlines clinics where foreigners can seek advice and treatment.
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