Take steps to reduce your risk of an asthma attack and you'll breathe easier.
Do you live with asthma? Approximately 25 million Americans do, according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology. While the disease can't be cured, it can be treated. In honor of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, here are a few ways in which you can reduce your risk of suffering an attack.
• Avoid triggers. What triggers an asthma attack can vary from person to person, but some common asthma triggers include dust mites, mold, pollen, smoke from grills or fires, fumes from paints and household sprays, vigorous exercise in the cold air, cold or flu and more. Remember that laughing, yelling or crying that speeds up your breathing can bring about an attack.
• Make healthy choices. Don't smoke. Opt not to have a cat or dog, or bathe your pet regularly to avoid its fur causing you a problem. Use mattress and pillow covers to prevent dust mites or other allergens from coming into contact with your bedding. Consult pollen counts and air quality forecasts before spending extended time outdoors, hanging laundry on an outside line to dry or opening windows as a means of airing out your home.
• Take medication as prescribed. Use an inhaler and take other medication as directed by your doctor to manage your asthma symptoms. Consult your doctor if your medication isn't effective in controlling your attacks.
Read more about asthma on the Medical Center Arlington's online Health Information page. To get additional help managing your symptoms and reducing your risk of an attack, talk with your doctor or call us at 1-855-868-6262 for a physician referral.