Lifestyle Changes to Manage Asthma
by Michelle Badash, MS
General Guidelines for Managing Asthma
Making some lifestyle changes can help you avoid triggers that may cause an asthma attack.
Allergens may irritate asthma symptoms in some people. Reducing contact with these allergens may be helpful. Allergy shots may help if allergens are a regular problem. It will introduce small amounts of allergen. Over time the body may adjust and decrease the reaction to tjhe allergen.
Do not ignore warning signs. Early treatment may make it easier to manage symptoms.
Warning signs include:
An online program may help to manage your symptoms. Groups like the https://www.lung.o... and the https://www.aafa.org/asthma-treatment-action-plan/ offer information on web-based tools and support groups.
In general, asthma should not limit your physical activities. You may need to limit strenuous physical activity after an asthma attack. Consider the following when exercising:
Weight loss may improve control in people who are overweight or obese.
Ask About Vaccinations
Asthma can lead to a higher risk for flu-related complications. Adults and children older than 6 months old should get a yearly flu shot.
Children with asthma should receive all recommended vaccinations
Cigarette smoke can trigger asthma and make symptoms worse. If you smoke, look for tools to help you quit. If you live with someone who smokes talk about ways to decrease smoke in your house.
Other forms of smoke can also irritate asthma. This includes wood stoves or camp fires.
Asthma exacerbation in adults and adolescents. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed... . Updated May 25, 2018. Accessed January 16, 2019.
Asthma exacerbation in children. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed... . Updated August 22, 2018. Accessed January 16, 2019.
Asthma in adults and adolescents. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed... . Updated November 16, 2018. Accessed January 16, 2019.
Asthma in children. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T500326/Asthma-in-children . Updated August 22, 2018. Accessed January 16, 2019.
Dogra S, Kuk JL, Baker J, Jamnik V. Exercise is associated with improved asthma control in adults. Eur Respir J. 2011;37(2):318-323.
Mapp CE, Boschetto P, Maestrelli P, Fabbri LM. Occupational asthma. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2005;172(3):280-305.
National Asthma Education and Prevention Program: Expert panel report III: Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-pro/guidelines/current/asthma-guidelines/full-report. Updated April 2012. Accessed January 16, 2019.
Reduce asthma triggers. American Lung Association website. Available at:
...(Click grey area to select URL)
Accessed January 16, 2019.
What causes or triggers asthma. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America website. Available at:
...(Click grey area to select URL)
Updated September 2015. Accessed January 16, 2019.
1/4/2011 DynaMed Plus Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.dynamed... : McLean S, Chandler D, Nurmatov U, Liu J, Pagliari C, Car J, Sheikh A. Telehealthcare for asthma. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010;(10):CD007717.
5/4/2012 DynaMed Plus Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.dynamed... : Woodfine L, Neal RD, Bruce N, et al. Enhancing ventilation in homes of children with asthma: pragmatic randomised controlled trial. Br J Gen Pract. 2011;61(592):e724-e732.
Last reviewed September 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
Last Updated: 9/8/2017
EBSCO Information Services is fully accredited by URAC. URAC is an independent, nonprofit health care accrediting organization dedicated to promoting health care quality through accreditation, certification and commendation.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
To send comments or feedback to our Editorial Team regarding the content please email us at email@example.com. Our Health Library Support team will respond to your email request within 2 business days.