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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.
Because there are many types of allergens that may trigger asthma, it is nearly impossible to completely remove all allergens from your environment. However, there are many things that you can do to help reduce allergens and your exposure to asthma triggers.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute offers these suggestions:
Other strategies for controlling allergens include:
Be sure your doctor knows the details of what you do at work. Do not overlook the effect of work, hobbies, and recreation as causes of asthma symptoms.
When you or your child has warning signs that an asthma attack may occur, begin treatment as recommended by your doctor.
Warning signs include:
Weather changes may worsen asthma symptoms, especially in children. If the humidity increases or the temperature changes, pay close attention to your child's symptoms.
Treat Symptoms Early TOP
Although not all asthma attacks can be prevented, early treatment can significantly reduce the severity of the symptoms. Take all the necessary precautions to prevent asthma attacks, and treat symptoms as early as possible to avoid having a serious attack.
Consider using an online program to manage your symptoms. These programs can help to improve the control of your asthma and your lungs' function. Organizations like the American Lung Association and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America offer information on web-based asthma management tools and support groups.
Ask Your Doctor About Physical Activity TOP
Your doctor may recommend that you limit strenuous physical activity after an asthma attack. In general, asthma should not limit your participation or success in physical activities. Consider the following when exercising:
Weight Loss TOP
While there is no specific diet to prevent attacks, weight loss may improve control in people who are overweight or obese.
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Last reviewed September 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
Last Updated: 9/8/2017
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