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Self-help: Living with asthma

Without doubt, the single most important aspect of controlling your asthma is the careful and planned use of drug treatments.

Living with asthma
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However, there are several things that you can do to reduce your risk of an attack and to decrease the severity of your symptoms:

  • Do not smoke and try to avoid polluted or smoky atmospheres.
  • Take regular exercise to improve your stamina. Swimming is a particularly beneficial form of exercise. Avoid exercising outside when it is cold because this may provoke an attack.
  • Avoid substances that are likely to provoke an allergic response; do not keep furry animals as pets if you are allergic to them.
  • Always carry a reliever inhaler, and be sure that you take medication with you on holiday.
  • If your attacks are triggered by stress, try to practise relaxation exercises.

 

Posted 09.09.2010

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