What are the triggers?
- Cigarette smoke or air pollution;
- Illnesses like colds, flu, or pneumonia;
- Cleaning supplies or other chemicals;
- Gases, particles, or fumes from wood or home heaters.
What can I do to avoid triggers?
- Do not smoke or allow others to smoke around you. If you need help on quitting smoking, talk to your doctor about giving-up programs and medicines. These can increase your chances of quitting for good.
- If there is a lot of pollution, pollen, or dust outdoor, stay at home and keep your windows closed. Use an air conditioner or air filter in your home. Check your local weather report or newspaper for air quality and pollen reports.
- Have influenza (flu) vaccination every year. Talk to your doctor about getting a pneumococcal shot.
- Wash your hands often to prevent infections.
How can you manage a flare-up?
- Use your inhaler or nebulizer as directed by your doctor. If your symptoms do not get better after taking medicine, have someone take you to the emergency room. Call an ambulance if needed.
- If your doctor has given you other inhaled medicines or steroid pills, take them as directed.
- If your doctor has given you a prescription for antibiotics, fill it if you need to. Call your doctor or nurse if you have any concern about the prescription.
Review Date: February 13, 2017 | Last Modified: February 13, 2017
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