Managing your asthma often requires some trial and error.
Whether you’ve been newly diagnosed with asthma or you’ve been around the asthma block, it’s never too early or too late to find a team that understands your needs and treatment goals. Here in Southlake and Fort Worth, TX, our allergists Dr. Rene Leon, Dr. Ali Shakouri, and Dr. Ernesto Ruiz-Huidobro, provide custom treatment plans that effectively help individuals control their asthma. Here are some tips to help you better manage your asthma,
Know Your Triggers
Understanding what triggers your asthma symptoms is essential so you can avoid them whenever possible. Some common asthma triggers include,
- Cold air or humid weather
- Sinus infection
- Cigarette smoke
- Dust mites
- Environmental pollutants
- Pet dander
- Cleaning products
Know the Weather
Before going out, you’ll want to check the air quality and weather conditions so you can decide whether you may want to limit your time outdoors or whether it’s safe to go out. We know it’s tough to stay in, especially when warm, sunny weather calls, but it’s essential to pay attention to what’s going on outside so you don’t get caught with a nasty flare-up of asthma symptoms.
Make Your Home Asthma-Friendly
As you can see from the list of triggers above, many of them can be found in your home, so you want to minimize your exposure to these triggers by dusting, vacuuming and washing your sheets and bedding regularly. A humidifier, especially in the bedroom, can also reduce lung inflammation and help keep asthma symptoms under control. It’s always a good idea to wear a mask while cleaning around the house to avoid triggering an asthma attack.
Get Regular Physical Activity
Studies have shown that even just getting 30 minutes of aerobic activity every day could help people gain better control over their asthma symptoms than those that don’t. Since we know that intense exercise can sometimes trigger asthma symptoms in some, you may want to opt for walking, biking or swimming or more high-intensity workouts.
Find the Right Asthma Medications
This is where our Southlake and Fort Worth, TX, allergists can help. Even with all the lifestyle changes in place, it’s still vital that you have and use your asthma medication as directed. Most individuals are given a long-term medication daily to control their asthma and a quick-relief medication to be used when they notice the early signs of an attack. Of course, it’s important to turn to us every few months to make sure that the dosage and medication are doing the trick. Sometimes this takes a little finessing, and it’s important that you have a doctor who can work with you to find the right asthma treatment for you.
If you are living with asthma and are looking for asthma specialists in Southlake, and Fort Worth/Keller, TX, you’ve come to the right place. Call Texas Regional Asthma and Allergy Center at (817) 421-0770 to schedule a consultation with our team, and together let’s get your asthma under control.