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Best Tips for Managing Asthma

Asthma, Dr. Rafiquddin Rahimi, allergy Relief Clinics

Breathing is an involuntary body function that many take for granted. For people with asthma, the very act of breathing can be a frightening experience. Roughly 25 million adults and children suffer from asthma. Although there is no cure, you can learn strategies to manage your symptoms so that you can live a full life.  Controlling asthma is vital. If left untreated, severe asthma can be fatal. With our tips, you can get control of your asthma, stay healthy, and enjoy life.

The impact of asthma

Asthma can impact your life in a variety of ways. It can prevent you from participating in your favorite activities, like sports, and cause you to miss school or work days. At Allergy Relief Clinics in Richardson, Texas, Dr. Rafiquddin Rahimi and his team see many adults and children who report limiting their physical activity because of asthma symptoms. From shortness of breath, to wheezing and coughing, asthma can interfere with your day-to-day life. The good news is there are steps you can take to get relief.

Tip # 1 - See a specialist

Scheduling an appointment with an asthma specialist is one of the best steps you can take toward getting your asthma symptoms under control. An allergist is a physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating asthma and other allergic conditions. Dr. Rahimi is specially trained to identify asthma triggers to help reduce your exposure and prevent attacks. This is a key aspect of getting your asthma symptoms under control.

Tip # 2 - Schedule routine checkups

It’s not enough to see your doctor once and go on about your life. Scheduling and attending routine checkups are vital parts of living well with asthma. Routine checkups give your provider the opportunity to check your lung function and ensure that your current regimen is working. Your doctor can spot problems and make adjustments to keep you well.

Tip #3 - Know your triggers

Knowing your triggers can help you reduce asthma attacks and get symptoms under wraps. Many people with asthma have allergies. Dust mites, mold, pet dander and pollen are common allergens that can trigger asthma. Dr. Rahimi can perform an allergy test to help determine whether your asthma is triggered by allergies. The results play an important role in guiding your treatment.

If your asthma isn’t triggered by allergies, other things in the environment may trigger or exacerbate symptoms. Tobacco smoke and breathing in certain fumes can trigger asthma attacks in susceptible people. Sometimes certain medications can worsen your symptoms. That’s why it’s important that you tell your doctor about all of the medications and supplements you’re taking.

Tip # 4 - Keep a peak flow asthma diary

A peak flow meter can help you monitor your asthma. A peak flow meter is a portable device that measures how well air moves through your lungs. The meter can detect and alert you to changes hours or even days before an attack. Keeping a diary of your day-to-day activities, along with your peak flow readings and symptoms can help you connect events or things in your environment that are setting off your asthma attacks. Using a peak flow meter is an important part of managing moderate-to-severe asthma.

Don’t let asthma control your life. You can get relief from attacks and enjoy your life again. Call our Richardson office to schedule an appointment, or book online today.

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