Many things can start an asthma flare-up. They are called triggers. Know your asthma triggers and avoid them.
- If you smoke, get help to quit.
- Don’t allow smoking in the house or car.
- Don’t use wood-burning stoves, fireplaces, or kerosene heaters.
- Keep mattresses and pillows in dust-proof covers.
- Wash your sheets and blankets each week. Use very hot water.
- Remove stuffed toys from the bedroom, or wash them weekly in hot water.
- Stay out of rooms that are being vacuumed.
- Take rugs or carpets out of the bedroom.
- Don’t keep pets with fur or feathers in your bedroom or home.
- Don’t keep food in your bedroom.
- Keep food and garbage sealed.
- Fix leaky faucets and pipes.
- Clean moldy surfaces with bleach.
- Keep shower curtains clean.
- Avoid perfume, talcum powder, hair spray, and scented products.
- On cold days, cover your nose and mouth with a scarf or wear a turtleneck.
- Stay inside and keep windows closed when pollen levels are high.
- Ask your doctor if you should take asthma medicine before you exercise.
- Avoid people with colds.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Try to stay calm and breathe slowly.
- Focus on things that keep you calm or happy.