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Lifestyle Changes to Manage Asthma

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by Badash M
 

General Guidelines for Managing Asthma

Making some lifestyle changes can help you avoid triggers that may cause an asthma attack.

Reduce Your Exposure to Allergens That Trigger Asthma

Get a Yearly Flu Shot

You are at a higher risk for flu-related complications, such as pneumonia , because you have asthma. Adults and children older than six months old should get a yearly flu shot .

When to Contact Your Doctor

Stay in contact with your doctor between visits, especially if your symptoms are changing. Whether you stay in contact over the phone, through email, or through your doctor's website, good communication can help you stay out of the hospital and have better control of your asthma.
If you are having a mild to moderate asthma attack and your medication does not work in the time it is supposed to, call your doctor. If you are having a severe asthma attack, take your asthma medication and get emergency medical help right away.
 

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