How to Control Things That Make Your Asthma Worse

Staying Active with Asthma

Exercise, Sports, Work, or Play

If your asthma worsens with exercise, try these suggestions:

  • You should be able to be active without symptoms. See your doctor if you have asthma symptoms when you are active — like when you exercise, do sports, play, or work hard.
  • Ask your doctor about taking medicine before you exercise to prevent symptoms.
  • Warm up for about 6 to 10 minutes before you exercise.
  • Try not to work or play hard outside when the air pollution or pollen levels (if you are allergic to the pollen) are high.

Other Things That Can Make Asthma Worse

Here are some tips for avoiding some other common asthma triggers:

  • Flu: Get a flu shot.
  • Sulfites in foods: Do not drink beer or wine or eat shrimp, dried fruit, or processed potatoes if they cause asthma symptoms.
  • Cold air: Cover your nose and mouth with a scarf on cold or windy days.
  • Other medicines: Tell your doctor about all the medicines you may take. Include cold medicines, aspirin, and even eye drops.

To find out more about this topic, visit the helpful links below. 

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More Great Links

Allergy and Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics, Inc. (1-800-878-4403)

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (1-800-822-2762)

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (1-800-727-8462)

National Jewish Medical and Research Center (Lung Line) (1-800-222-5864)

Source: National Asthma Education and Prevention Program, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health