Are You Living With Asthma? 7 Tips To Manage The Condition

Asthma is a chronic condition which can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Keep these tips in mind if you’re living with asthma

Arushi Bidhuri
Written by: Arushi BidhuriUpdated at: Feb 06, 2020 16:41 IST
Are You Living With Asthma? 7 Tips To Manage The Condition

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At least one in every 10 people suffering from asthma lives in India. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), over 80% of asthma deaths occur in lower-middle-income countries. Some of the biggest causes of asthma include pollens, dust and cockroaches. Health professionals tout genetic and environmental factors as the biggest culprits that trigger the problem. 


Symptoms of Asthma 

Asthma is a condition in which airways narrow and swell and produce extra mucus. Asthma can happen anytime and affect anyone, even in adulthood. A person with asthma may show symptoms such as: 

  • Tightness in chest 
  • Problem in breathing 
  • Coughing 
  • Increased mucus production 
  • Wheezing 

Also Read: Control Asthma Before It’s Too Late


Tips for Living for Asthma 

Know the Triggers 

Asthma is easily triggered by the presence of allergens and irritants in the air. It can make your asthma symptoms worse by irritating your airways. The best way to avoid such triggers is by keeping a track of such warnings and the ways to avoid them. 

Do Not Forget Your Medication 

People tend to skip their medications when they don’t feel the symptoms, which is not the right thing to do. Asthma is a chronic disease and you have to regular with your medications to avoid any attacks. It is important to manage your asthma every day, not just on the days you feel the symptoms. 

Keep an Inhaler in Hand 


An asthma attack comes without a warning and the only thing that could save you in a difficult time is an inhaler. It is the only quick rescue to the problem, which can save you from a disastrous situation. 

Also Read: Living In A Gas Chamber? Here's What Rujuta Diwekar Has To Say To Combat Air Pollution

Quit Smoking 

Asthma and smoking are one of the worst combinations ever existed. If you have asthma and you smoke, chances are your condition will only worsen. You should quit smoking to reduce the severity and frequency of your symptoms. Also, avoid second-hand smoke as it may trigger your asthma. 



Exercising has many health benefits like strengthening your breathing muscles, boosting your immune system and maintaining a healthy weight. Just keep in mind that your asthma must be under control before you start exercising. 

Calm Down 

Stress is the cause of various diseases, including asthma. It is vital to control extreme stress and associated risks to control the symptoms of asthma. 

Also Read: Asthma Prognosis: These Things Can Help Cure Asthma Naturally

More Fruits and Veggies 


Foods rich in antioxidants such as spinach, broccoli, strawberries and tomatoes can help manage asthma, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Eating a healthier diet may improve your asthma symptoms, but it depends on many other factors like the severity of your symptoms, overall health and how consistent you are in making changes. 

Keeping calm will help you deal with asthma. Stress has often been associated with asthma and increasing the symptoms of asthma. The American Lung Association suggests that deep breathing exercises or muscle relaxation can help a person calm down. 

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