How to Manage Your Asthma
Asthma is a type of chronic lung disorder that inflames your airways and makes it difficult to breathe. Physical activity often exacerbates asthma symptoms, and people who are diagnosed with asthma may also have issues with allergies.
All these factors can make managing your asthma more complicated, but not impossible. With the right combination of medication and lifestyle changes, you can lead a relatively normal life with asthma. Treatments, especially medications, may take some trial and error, so try to be patient as you and your health care professional develop a plan to manage and maybe even eliminate your asthma symptoms.
While asthma is a chronic condition, it can also be very manageable. The symptoms may include a pain or tightness in your chest, difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing, and trouble sleeping. Exercise, exposure to allergens, a change in seasons, catching a cold, or high-stress situations can make these symptoms worse. To live a normal life with asthma, you’ll need to develop a treatment plan, which will most likely involve prescribed medication from a health care professional.
Here are some lifestyle changes that you can make to manage your asthma and breathe better:
- Keep track of what makes your symptoms worse, such as allergens, stress, or cold weather. Also, pay attention to how severe your symptoms are when you’re exposed to each trigger.
- Avoid the things that trigger your asthma symptoms as much as possible. For example, you may need to wear a face mask when exposed to cold weather.
- Exercise and eat right. The healthier you are, the more manageable your symptoms may be. If exercise triggers your asthma symptoms, work with a healthcare professional to develop a plan that works for you.
- Keep a clean house. Dust, mold, and other allergens may be present in your home if not cleaned properly and regularly. This is especially important where you sleep.
Don’t make major lifestyle changes without first consulting with a health care professional.
If you need assistance with diagnosing asthma, managing asthma symptoms, or with another non-life-threatening medical condition, you can trust the medical professionals at FastMed Urgent Care. We provide prompt, personal, and cost-effective medical services. If you need to see a specialist to manage your asthma symptoms, such as an immunologist or allergist, we can refer you to the right one and will even make the appointment for you.
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