Monitor & Maintain Your Asthma with Interactive Tools Interactive tools, such as a Peak Flow Meter and Asthma Action Plan, can be used to help you monitor and manage your asthma symptoms on a day-to-day basis. Breathe easier by getting started with these free tools today.
Reduce Asthma Symptoms by Avoiding Allergens A variety of triggers can make your asthma symptoms worse, such as irritants, allergens, infections, exercise and weather. You can avoid allergen triggers with simple steps, such as the following:
Limit outdoor activities when higher pollen and mold counts are present, which is typically midday in the fall, and avoid wet leaves or trash
Wash all bedding in hot (130° F) water weekly to eliminate dust mite exposure
Do not use down comforters and pillows to avoid feathers
Wash bathrooms with a mold-preventing or mold-killing solution at least once a month
Choose a pet without feathers or fur such as fish, reptiles and amphibians and avoid visits to friends and relatives with feathered or furry pets
New Lung Cancer Screening Saves Lives If you have a significant history of smoking, lung cancer could be a concern. Lung cancer is treatable and survivable if caught in the early stages. Recently released results of the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial showed the Lung Cancer Screening Chest CT to be an effective early detection test for those who are at high risk of lung cancer, which includes people between 50 and 75 years of age with a smoking history of 30-pack years. You can determine pack years by multiplying the number of packs per day times the number of years smoked, for example 30-pack years might be smoking 2 packs a day for 15 years, or smoking 1 pack a day for 30 years.
The test is a low dose Chest CT, or computerized tomography, which takes a series of pictures from several views inside of your body. The scan is done while lying down and holding your breath. There is no pain and the reduced radiation dose of this test makes it extremely safe. Currently, this test is not covered by private insurance, but is generally priced affordably and can help identify lung cancer at an early, treatable stage.
Ask an Expert:
Question: How can I avoid the triggers for exercise-induced asthma? Answer: Almost all asthmatics have some degree of exercise-induced asthma. The differences between them are the amount of exercise that is required before someone has difficulty. Someone who is quite stable might not experience any difficulty at all unless extremely challenged. For those experiencing an infection with wheezing, it might take very little activity at all to cause difficulty. The main "trigger" for exercise-induced asthma is exercise. However, other factors (infection, allergy, changes in the weather) can make someone more sensitive to exercise. One way to deal with exercise-induced asthma is to pre-treat with a beta agonist right before activity.
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"I have had no asthma attacks, I sleep at night" Margarita Welling developed asthma three months into her pregnancy and spent the years following the birth of her son gasping for air and in and out of the hospital. After numerous tests, National Jewish Health physicians discovered that sleep apnea and pneumonia had worsened her asthma symptoms. With a proper diagnosis and treatment plan, Margarita is finally able to sleep at night and no longer suffers from asthma attacks.