If you have asthma, you know the feeling – chest tightening, coughing and the sensation that you can’t catch your breath. Asthma is an inflammatory disorder of the lungs, and symptoms can range from mild to severe.
Managing your asthma can sometimes be a hassle, but there’s no reason to let it run your life. Below, Dr. Jeremy Katcher with Mercy Clinic Allergy, Asthma and Immunology shares 11 simple ways to take control of your asthma no matter where you are or what you’re doing.
The most effective way to prevent an asthma attack is to avoid any triggers in your home – like dust, tobacco smoke (or secondhand smoke), mold and pet dander.
While it may be impossible to avoid every single trigger, there are a few things you can do to breathe a little easier.
You’ll have less control of asthma triggers in your work environment than in your home. It’s important to identify common triggers found in the workplace, including mold, airborne dust, cleaning chemicals, pests (cockroaches, dust mites, mice) and even stress and try to minimize your exposure.
Asthma management can be a nuisance when you’re on the go. Keep these tips in mind when you’re out seeking adventure:
Talk to your Mercy allergist about managing your asthma symptoms and eliminating triggers. He or she can help create an asthma action plan based on your specific symptoms that tells you how to treat your asthma on a daily basis. It can also help you deal with sudden asthma attacks.
Download a template to develop your own action plan with your doctor.
Jeremy Katcher, MD, is a fellowship-trained allergist at Mercy Clinic Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.