Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that affects the airways and makes it difficult to breathe. There are certain things that people with asthma should avoid in order to reduce the risk of asthma attacks and flare-ups.
- Exposure to triggers
Every person with asthma has their own unique triggers that can cause an asthma attack. Common triggers include dust, pet dander, pollen, mold, and cigarette smoke. Identifying and avoiding these triggers can help to reduce the risk of asthma attacks.
- Cold air
Cold air can cause the airways to constrict, making it difficult to breathe. People with asthma should avoid going outside in cold weather, especially during an asthma attack.
- Physical exertion
Physical exertion, such as exercise, can be a trigger for asthma. People with asthma should avoid vigorous activities and opt for low-impact exercises, such as swimming or yoga.
- Respiratory infections
Respiratory infections, such as the common cold or the flu, can worsen asthma symptoms. People with asthma should avoid close contact with people who are sick and get a flu shot every year.
- Certain medications
Some over-the-counter and prescription medications, such as beta-blockers, can worsen asthma symptoms. People with asthma should talk to their doctor about the medications they are taking and any potential side effects.
- Air pollution
Air pollution can worsen asthma symptoms. People with asthma should avoid exposure to pollutants such as smog, smoke, and chemicals.
- Strong fragrances
Strong fragrances, such as perfumes or scented candles, can be a trigger for asthma. People with asthma should avoid using strong fragrances in their homes and personal care products.
It is important to note that asthma can be unpredictable, and triggers can vary from person to person. It’s important to work with a healthcare provider to develop a personalized treatment plan to manage asthma and identify triggers.
In conclusion, people with asthma should avoid exposure to triggers, cold air, physical exertion, respiratory infections, certain medications, air pollution and strong fragrances. It’s important to work with a healthcare provider to develop a personalized treatment plan to manage asthma and identify triggers.
About The Author
Dr. Leo is a highly-qualified and dedicated primary care physician who graduated from Manila Central University College of Medicine in 2018. He passed the Physician Licensure Exam in 2019, and has since gained valuable experience practicing in various settings such as being a company physician, doctor-on-duty for outpatient clinics, and a telemedicine practitioner.
What sets Dr. Leo apart is his dual-certification as both a physician and a registered nurse, having passed the Philippine Nurse Licensure exam in 2012. He has a unique perspective on healthcare as he believes in taking a holistic approach addressing the root cause of an issue rather than just treating symptoms. He is dedicated to finding long-term solutions for current disorders and preventing new ones.