« »

Understanding an Asthma Action Plan & Prevention Strategies

asthma action planIf you have asthma, you’re likely familiar with an asthma action plan. It entails an approved list of medicines, potential triggers, early symptoms of an asthma attack, and what to do if a flare-up occurs. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with asthma, Dr. Langford can help you create this asthma action plan so you can feel prepared. While asthma is not curable yet, there are certain ways you can prevent an onset of an asthma attack. Discover the details:

Cold Weather

As the weather cools, be mindful that cold weather can negatively affect the airways of an asthmatic person. Because cold air is often dry, the fluid in the air evaporates faster than normal. This causes your airways to become irritated and swollen. Additionally, cold air causes your airways to produce histamine, a chemical that is part of your body’s defense system that acts out during an asthma attack.

Exposure to Allergens

By far, the most common asthma that affects Middle Georgia citizens is allergic asthma. This type of asthma is caused by the same allergens that trigger an allergic reaction. So, when your body is exposed to allergens, your immune system is sending alarm bells throughout your body and asthma symptoms are triggered. If you suffer from allergic asthma, it’s important to be extra mindful of staying away from harmful allergens.

Respiratory Infections

Respiratory infections such as the flu, pneumonia, and the common cold can negatively affect the lungs. If you’re experiencing one of these infections, your lungs are likely swelling and/or narrowing which can cause an asthmatic attack. If you have one of these infections, it’s important to take medicines to treat it and call medical professionals if your symptoms worsen.

We Can Help Create Your Asthma Action Plan

If you’re unsure whether you or your child has asthma, don’t hesitate to contact the Langford Allergy team today. One of our skilled doctors will accurately diagnose you, discuss the creation of an asthma action plan, and answer all your questions.