Making changes to lifestyle habits can help some people avoid asthma attacks. Here are some steps you can take:
Allergens may irritate asthma symptoms in some people. Reducing contact may help.
Get treatment for these warning signs:
Exercising can improve a person's health and mood. It can also reduce asthma attacks. People with asthma should:
Weight loss may improve control in people who are overweight or obese.
Asthma can lead to a higher risk of flu-related problems. Adults and children older than 6 months old should get a yearly flu shot.
Smoking can trigger asthma and make symptoms worse. There are tools that can help people to quit.
Other sources of smoke can also trigger asthma, such as wood stoves or campfires.
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Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD Last Updated: 8/14/2020