Managing Your Asthma Symptoms in Spring

Even if your symptoms are relatively mild, asthma can be disruptive, which is why treatment is essential. In addition to taking medications, you should identify and avoid anything that may trigger your symptoms.

One of the most effective ways to treat asthma is by taking long-term control medication, such as an inhaled corticosteroid. These types of medications are usually taken daily and can reduce the symptoms of asthma and prevent attacks. If an asthma attack happens, however, quick-relief medications can be taken to immediately treat it.

Key Facts About Asthma

Asthma does not go away, but it can change over time. Without treatment or with insufficient treatment, lung function can deteriorate with age. You may also become more sensitive to certain triggers, resulting in frequently inflamed airways that make it difficult to breathe. These symptoms often worsen at night.

Some of the most common triggers of asthma symptoms include cold weather, dust mites, air pollution, exercise, cigarette smoke, pet dander and fur, and viral respiratory infections. That said, exercise is one trigger asthma patients do not have to avoid since it is also key to staying healthy. Instead, try to avoid exercising when the weather is cold and always be sure to have an inhaler with you.

Signs of Asthma

  • Coughing attacks
  • Wheezing
  • Chest pain or a tight feeling in the chest
  • Feeling short of breath
  • Trouble sleeping

Can Anyone Get Asthma?

Although the underlying cause of asthma is unknown, some factors seem to increase the likelihood of it developing. If you have a family history of asthma, you were born prematurely, or you suffered from a viral respiratory infection as a child, these factors could contribute to the development of asthma.

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Talk to Texas ENT Specialists in Spring 

Texas ENT Specialists was founded in 1997 and, ever since our inception, we have been helping patients manage the symptoms of their asthma. Reach out to our Spring office for the top-rated care you deserve.

Asthma Treatment FAQs

How can I avoid dust mites?

Dust mites are a major trigger for those who have asthma. There are a number of steps you can take to reduce your exposure to them, including washing your bedding in hot water once a week, having non-carpeted flooring, regularly changing filters on heaters and air conditioners, and frequently dusting all the surfaces in your home.

Can certain medications trigger asthma symptoms?

There are many medications that can trigger asthma symptoms or an attack, including aspirin, NSAID pain relievers, and beta-blockers.

What sort of chemicals should I avoid if I have asthma?

When you have asthma, your lungs can become incredibly sensitive to chemicals in the air. Diesel exhaust, flour dust, sawdust, perfumes, and cigarette smoke can worsen asthma symptoms.

Can relaxing exercises improve my asthma?

Learning relaxation techniques can help reduce panic when you are experiencing an asthma attack. When you panic, your heart rate increases, which can make your symptoms more severe.

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