By The Allergy Center, PA
May 13, 2021
Even though asthma is a chronic condition, it can be properly managed by turning to an allergist and asthma specialist who can prescribe the necessary medication, identify triggers, and prevent flare-ups. There isn’t a singular way to manage asthma symptoms, because everyone’s symptoms are different. Even if your asthma symptoms are mild, a treatment plan is still necessary. Here are some of the ways to control your asthma symptoms.
Know What Triggers You
It’s important to understand what triggers an asthma flare-up or attack. Common triggers include,
- Stress and anxiety
- Cold weather
- Respiratory or sinus infections
- Certain foods
- Environmental pollutants
Find the Right Medications
Anyone who’s been diagnosed with asthma will need to take medication. The two most common types of asthma medications are long-term or maintenance medication and a fast-acting inhaler, which is only used when you feel the symptoms of an attack coming on. Your asthma specialist will provide you with comprehensive instructions on the medications you need and how to use them properly.
Get Stress Under Control
Stress can be a major trigger for those with asthma. By finding effective ways to relax and calm the body down, people with asthma can also see relief in their flare-ups. Some ways to manage stress include meditation, deep breathing, and mindfulness, massage therapy, and even exercise.
Clean Your Home Regularly
Dust mites, pet hair, and other indoor allergens can also trigger asthma, so you must be regularly vacuuming, disinfecting, and cleaning all surfaces, from the rugs and carpets to the countertops and bedding. If you have pets, make sure that they are getting bathed regularly.
Have an Action Plan In Place
Everyone with asthma should have an asthma action plan that will provide you with everything you need to know about handling your symptoms and when to seek emergency care. An action plan is something that your asthma specialist can create with you to make sure that you know what to do when a flare-up or attack presents itself.
Your medications, lifestyle, and treatment plan must be providing you with effective ways to control flare-ups and reduce symptoms. If you are living with asthma, an asthma specialist and allergist can provide you with the information, symptom management, and medications you need.