Asthma by hkksew3563rd

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									Asthma results in a narrowing of the airways and is one of the most alarming chronic
conditions, but also one of the easiest to manage. Ask your doctor to draw up an
action plan of medications for when you are symptom-free (you will still need your
regular controller medication), when you have mild symptoms (you will need a
reliever inhaler to open airways), and when you have severe symptoms you may need
additional medication like cortico-steroids and professional help).
  Avoid Triggers
  Infections are the most common triggers for asthma attacks, and flu shots are
recommended. Other potential triggers are cigarette smoke, fumes, dust, pollen or pets.
If your asthma is difficult to control, see an allergist to test what you are allergic to.
Certain medicines can lead to asthma attacks in susceptible people. These include
pain pills such as aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory tablets, beta-blockers for
heart disease and glaucoma, and some cold and flu remedies.
  Check your Weight
  Maintaining a healthy weigh puts less strain on-your heart and lungs. Drink lots of
water to help keep mucus in your airways loose.
  Move
  Regular workouts will help you cope better by strengthening muscles, boosting your
immune system and helping you stay a healthy weight. Swimming is particularly
recommended, but any exercise is good. Warm up and cool down slowly. Keep your
inhaler handy at all times, but if you are having an attack, don't exercise. If you find
you're not able to exercise freely, your asthma is not under control. Make an
appointment to see your doctor to discuss your medications, how you're taking them,
and any trigger factors.
  Stop Smoking
  Even second-hand smoke is a common asthma trigger.
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