Spring Tips for Controlling Your Asthma

file_thumb-600x400Springtime can really take a toll on the 67,000 children and 320,000 adults in Oregon with asthma. The American Lung Association and Enhabit are working in partnership to empower those who suffer from this disease to learn how to go from just coping with symptoms to taking active control of their health.

Below are four tips to begin breathing easier and lead a healthier, more active life.

1. Get Tested for Allergies

Asthma and allergies often go hand-in-hand. Talk to your healthcare provider about a simple allergy test to determine whether allergy triggers may be causing your symptoms to flare-up. There are specific medications available for allergic asthma that may help.

2. Protect your Lungs from Air Pollution

Pollution makes air unhealthy to breathe. Know the state of your community’s air and check out the air quality forecast each morning can help those with asthma minimize exposure on poor air quality days.

3. Schedule a Checkup for your Home

Mold, moisture, and particulates can all add up to very unhealthy indoor air, especially for people with asthma. If you’re a homeowner, weatherization analysis by a contractor is a great start to assess home health, ensuring good ventilation and moisture control—by looking for evidence of mold and mildew, dust, radon, and other allergens.

4. Reduce Exposure at Work

Among working adults with asthma, 21.5 percent report their symptoms are made worse from exposure to indoor air pollution found at work. From cleaning products to stress, the workplace can be filled with asthma triggers. The American Lung Association’s Guide to Controlling Asthma at Work can help working adults with asthma take steps to prevent symptoms.