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How to Lower Your Risk for Asthma Complications

Did you know that more than 27 million people in the United States have asthma? If you or a loved one is among this population, managing your condition is important to you and your long-term health. Although asthma cannot be cured, its symptoms can be effectively managed, so you lead a normal healthy life and avoid complications. 

Here at South Plains Rural Health Services, we see patients with asthma all the time and offer the following tips that can help you reduce the likelihood that you’ll experience complications. 

Identify your triggers

Understanding the specific factors that trigger your asthma symptoms is a critical step in preventing attacks. Whether it's pollen, dust, animal dander, or outdoor pollutants, identifying and avoiding these triggers allows you to avoid them. This can significantly lower your risk of asthma complications.

Have an asthma action plan

Work with us to develop a personalized asthma action plan. This plan should outline daily management strategies, medications, and steps to take in case of an asthma attack. Having a clear plan in place empowers you to take control of your respiratory health.

If you have a child with asthma, make sure their caregivers and school have a copy of the action plan.

Schedule regular check-ups

Regular visits to one of the locations of South Plains Rural Health Services for asthma check-ups are another important step in keeping asthma under control. We monitor your lung function and discuss any changes in symptoms with you, so we can determine if you need changes to your treatment or action plan.

Manage your environment

Rural areas often have rugged surroundings that can be full of allergens that trigger asthma. When you can, take environmental control measures, such as using air purifiers, keeping living spaces well-ventilated, and cleaning regularly to minimize exposure to potential asthma triggers.

Stay active, but be cautious

Regular physical activity is important for overall health, but if you have asthma, you should exercise caution. We can help you determine what activities are good for you and ensure your asthma is well-managed before starting any exercise regimen. If you work outdoors, we can help you determine the best times of day to expose yourself to the elements.

Be prepared

Living in a rural setting may mean longer distances to our or other health facilities. You have to be prepared for emergencies. Keep your rescue inhaler accessible, share your asthma action plan with family or close friends, and have an emergency kit with necessary medications readily available.

Keep yourself informed

Stay informed about asthma management strategies, treatment options, and any advancements in respiratory care. If you have questions about your symptoms, reach out immediately. Our caring and skilled team stands ready to help. 

At South Plains Rural Health Services, we want to help you manage your respiratory health. If you have asthma, we have resources that help you learn more about the disease and how you can still live a full, productive life. Call us at South Plains Rural Health, or book online using our scheduling tool

 

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