Last year, 40 percent of people in the U.S. living with asthma were hospitalized or visited an emergency room or other urgent care center because their asthma wasn’t under control.
Today is World Asthma Day, and as such, we’re honoring the day with our #TuesdayTips and 4 ways “You Can Control Your Asthma.”
  1. world asthma day 2012, celebrating world asthma day, tips to control asthma, how to control my asthmaKnow your triggers. What sets off your asthma? Is it smoke? Pollen? Exercise? Emotional stress? If you know what causes your asthma to flare up, you can better control it.
  2. Consult with medical experts. While many people live relatively unaffected with asthma, it is still something to seek medical advice for. Doctors can prescribe medicine to help you control your asthma, as well as give you great, personalized tips for avoiding attacks.
  3. Try new things that might help. Exercise routines can help improve lung strength and other activities can help keep your asthma controlled. If you think something might better help you control your asthma, research it and consult with your doctor.
  4. Take care of your immune system. Coughing can often trigger asthma. So take care of your body and avoid colds and sickness that might cause cough or other respiratory stresses.
The group organizing World Asthma Day, the Global Initiative for Asthma, identified these barriers to asthma control:
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Education
  • Environmental Health
Since its first World Asthma Day in 1998 with more than 35 countries participating, the group and its supporters have aimed to increase awareness in these four areas and how those with asthma can live unaffected.
Want to learn more? Visit the Global Initiative for Asthma.

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