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Simple Tips that Can Help Asthma Sufferers Breathe a Little Easier

Simple Tips that Can Help Asthma Sufferers Breathe a Little Easier

According to one study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. loses about $80 billion every year due to asthma. That includes things like medical costs, missed school and work, and the unfortunate fatalities. The average patient pays more than $3,000 per year for asthma treatment.

While these are depressing numbers, it is also true that there may be better self-care options that can help you breathe better. At Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group we are proud to work with patients who have asthma ranging from minor to severe. Keep reading for tips on managing your asthma and then contact us at 805-658-9500 for help from the professionals.

Know What is Likely to Trigger You

It’s important that you know what is likely to trigger you so that you can try to avoid it. Common irritants can cause serious consequences for some people with asthma, while others may not react to the same trigger. There are literally dozens of things that could trigger your asthma so it will be up to you to keep track of what triggers you.

We recommend getting a notebook and writing down all the things that seem to trigger your allergies. This could include over-the-counter medications, changes in the weather, menstruation, pet urine or saliva (not just dander, as many people with pet allergies believe), blood pressure medications, sulfites, and chlorine.

Make Choices That Support Your Health

If you take care of yourself, you will have a better chance of breathing better. This includes eating plenty of fruits and veggies, making sure you get your omega-3s, and drinking plenty of water. If you have a good diet, your immune system will get what it needs to help build up your resistance to asthma, allergies, and other issues.

Exercise is important too. Not only does it help improve blood flow, which can help with asthma, but it can reduce stress and improve overall health. Of course, as a person with asthma you may be limited in what you can do. That said, do not use your condition as an excuse to avoid exercising at all. Talk to your allergist if you do not know how you can safely exercise.

Get the Treatment You Need

While it’s wise to do the natural things you can do to improve your health, these tips do not take the place of working with an experienced allergist. To begin the conversation, we recommend you contact Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group at 805-658-9500 now to set up your appointment. We look forward to helping you find the best options to move forward.