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.
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Last reviewed September 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
Last Updated: 9/8/2017
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