Tips for Managing Your Asthma Symptoms

 

Did you know that you’re more likely to suffer from asthma symptoms if you have allergies? Allergies can actually trigger your asthma symptoms when allergic reactions take place in the lungs and airways. Fortunately, allergy doctors can recommend treatments and lifestyle changes that can alleviate the symptoms of both conditions. Here’s a look at some of the recommendations your allergy doctor might make for asthma management:

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Understand Your Triggers

  • Work with your allergy doctor to identify your asthma triggers. Air pollutants, including tobacco smoke, fumes, and strong odors are common triggers for many people. Other triggers can include infections, certain medications, some foods, and vigorous workouts. Exposure to dry, cold air or emotional stress may also trigger an asthma attack. In addition, your allergy triggers might cause an asthma attack. These may include animal dander, dust mites, and certain foods. Once you have identified your asthma triggers, take steps to avoid them as much as possible.

Make Lifestyle Changes

  • It can be difficult to avoid all of your triggers. For example, exercise is necessary for a healthy lifestyle. Your allergy doctor may recommend a few lifestyle modifications to allow you to enjoy activities without having an asthma attack. When it comes to exercise, asthma symptoms most commonly occur with sustained aerobic activity—particularly if the air is cold and dry. During the winter months, exercise indoors. Choose sports that do not aggravate your symptoms as much. For example, instead of running, try swimming, which is generally well tolerated by asthma sufferers. Additionally, maintain a healthy weight with a well-balanced diet; those who are obese are more likely to have severe asthma symptoms.

See an Allergy Doctor for Treatment

  • The treatments prescribed by your allergy doctor form the cornerstone of your asthma management plan. Your doctor might prescribe inhaled corticosteroids or oral bronchodilators. There is no cure for asthma, but these treatments can help control it. Follow all dosage instructions carefully.

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