Do’s and Don’ts for People with Asthma
Asthma is a common lung condition in which the airways narrow and become swollen, and may produce extra mucus. This can make breathing difficult and cause coughing, wheezing (a whistling sound) when breathing out, and shortness of breath.
Although there is no cure for asthma, the good news is that you can take steps to control it and live an active, healthy life.
- Identify your asthma triggers and avoid them. Triggers can irritate your airways and worsen asthma symptoms. These include air pollution, allergies, cold air, a cold or flu virus, exercise (when asthma is not under good control), sinusitis, smoke, and fragrances, among others.
- Stay active. Exercise is recommended for people whose asthma is under good control. Talk to your doctor about the exercise regimen that’s right for you. Exercise helps strengthen your breathing muscles, boost your immune system, and keep a healthy body weight. All of these benefits can improve your asthma in the long run.
- Take your asthma medications as prescribed by your doctor. Asthma is a chronic (long-term) disease that requires daily maintenance medications – this means you need to take your medicines even if you don’t have asthma symptoms.
- Learn how to use your inhaler properly. Your doctor can show you how to use your inhaler correctly to ensure that the medication reaches your airways.
- Keep your house clean and free from allergens (allergy triggers). Common household allergens include pollen, mold spores and fragments, animal dander and saliva, dust mite feces, and cockroach feces.
- Get your flu and pneumonia vaccines to avoid worsening of asthma symptoms and hospitalization.
- Don’t smoke. Quitting smoking can significantly reduce the frequency and severity of asthma symptoms. Smoking can also lessen the effectiveness of asthma medication.
- Don’t forget to pack your asthma medications, especially your inhaler and nebulizer, when you leave the house or when traveling.
- Don’t get viral infections, which can make your asthma symptoms worse. Stay away from people with the cold and flu. Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face.
Consult your doctor for optimal asthma management.
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