One of the ways you can control asthma symptoms and reduce your need for medication is to avoid exposure to common asthma triggers. Asthma triggers irritate your airways and cause them to become narrow and inflamed, which triggers symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing.

Tips for avoiding other types of asthma triggers:

  • Ask your doctor if you need to take asthma medication before physical activity.
  • Avoid foods and medications that make your asthma worse.
  • Get a yearly flu shot.
  • If you are exposed to chemicals at work, be sure you know how to handle them safely and use all recommended protective gear (such as breathing masks).
  • If you have GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), get it treated.
  • Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more tips on avoiding asthma triggers. Remember, all you need to do is ask – they're there to help!