One of the ways you can control asthma symptoms and reduce your need for medication is to avoid exposure to common asthma triggers. Asthma triggers irritate your airways and cause them to become narrow and inflamed, which triggers symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing.
Tips for avoiding other types of asthma triggers:
- quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke
- if you are exposed to chemicals at work, be sure you know how to handle them safely and use all recommended protective gear (such as breathing masks)
- avoid foods and medications that make your asthma worse
- if you have GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), get it treated
- ask your doctor if you need to take asthma medication before physical activity
- get a yearly flu shot (unless you are allergic to eggs or thimerosal, have had a severe reaction to a previous flu shot, or have an active infection)
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more tips on avoiding asthma triggers. Remember, all you need to do is ask - they're there to help!
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