Avoid Your Asthma Triggers

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Unfortunately, your asthma can act up whether you're at work, at home, or at play. And each person may have different triggers. Along with taking medication as prescribed by your healthcare provider, here are some steps you can take to avoid potential triggers and better manage your asthma:

Monitor all your medicines

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

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Care for colds and infections
Your healthcare provider can help you care for yourself when you have a cold or infection. It's also a good idea to get an annual flu shot. And of course, try to stay healthy by eating right, exercising, and avoiding others with colds.

Avoid eating foods that seem to trigger your asthma
Some patients are sensitive to certain foods and drinks, like shrimp, dried fruit, processed potatoes, beer, or wine. If you are, talk to your healthcare provider and try eliminating them from your diet. If your doctor has diagnosed you with a food allergy, you should completely avoid eating those foods.

Avoid pollen or outdoor mold
During allergy season, consider staying inside at midday and in the afternoon, when pollen counts are high. Close your doors and windows to keep out airborne pollens and molds that may trigger your asthma. And ask your healthcare provider if you should adjust your asthma treatment.

Remove indoor mold
Fix leaky faucets and pipes. Use bleach to clean any mold lingering on shower curtains and surfaces. If the bleach triggers your asthma, try wearing a mask or ask someone else to clean for you. Added moisture encourages mold to grow. Using a dehumidifier can help.

Reduce smoke, strong odors, and sprays
Smoke from cigarettes, pipes, or even a stove may irritate your asthma symptoms. So can perfumes, paints, hair spray, and powders. What's more, these scents and odors may often linger in your house. Your best bet is to avoid them as much as possible.

Turn on the air conditioning
If airborne pollens and molds trigger your asthma, closing your windows and using your air conditioner can reduce your exposure.

Pace yourself during physical activities
Warm up, then cool down to help avoid an asthma flare-up. And don't forget to pace yourself. If you can't carry on a conversation, you may be working too hard. If your asthma symptoms act up, take a break and treat your symptoms as directed by your healthcare provider. Of course, you should also take any recommended medications, as well as consult your doctor before starting an exercise program.

Take cover in cold weather
Cover your nose and mouth with a scarf on cold or windy days to help avoid asthma symptoms.

Control pet dander
Your pet may trigger your asthma. Pet dander can even spread throughout your home. So keep pets clean and away from your bedroom, furniture covered in fabric, carpets, and even stuffed toys.

Eliminate mites and cockroaches
To reduce exposure to dust mites, cover mattresses and box springs with dust-proof covers, wash all bedding in hot water (at least 130° F) once a week, and vacuum once a week. To avoid cockroaches, use traps and avoid leaving food out.

Use man-made fibers, not feathers
While feather and down pillows, quilts, and cushions may be comfortable, they may also cause your asthma to act up. Instead, use ones filled with man-made fibers. Also, consider replacing curtains with blinds, and carpets with wood floors.

Approved Uses for ADVAIR DISKUS

ADVAIR DISKUS is for the treatment of asthma in patients 4 years and older. ADVAIR is available by prescription only.

ADVAIR should be used only if your healthcare provider decides that your asthma is not well controlled with a long-term asthma control medicine, such as an inhaled corticosteroid.

ADVAIR is not for, and should not be used to treat, sudden, severe symptoms of asthma. ADVAIR won’t replace a rescue inhaler.

Important Safety Information About ADVAIR DISKUS® (fluticasone propionate and salmeterol inhalation powder)

  • People with asthma who take long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA) medicines, such as salmeterol (one of the medicines in ADVAIR), have an increased risk of death from asthma problems. It is not known whether fluticasone propionate, the other medicine in ADVAIR, reduces the risk of death from asthma problems seen with salmeterol.
    • Call your healthcare provider if breathing problems worsen over time while using ADVAIR. You may need different treatment.
    • Get emergency medical care if:
      • breathing problems worsen quickly and
      • you use your rescue inhaler medicine, but it does not relieve your breathing problems.
  • ADVAIR should be used only if your healthcare provider decides that your asthma is not well controlled with a long-term asthma control medicine, such as an inhaled corticosteroid.
  • When your asthma is well controlled, your healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking ADVAIR. Your healthcare provider will decide if you can stop ADVAIR without loss of asthma control. Your healthcare provider may prescribe a different asthma control medicine for you, such as an inhaled corticosteroid.
  • Children and adolescents with asthma who take LABA medicines may have an increased risk of hospitalization for asthma problems.
  • Do not use ADVAIR to treat sudden, severe symptoms of asthma or COPD. Always have a rescue inhaler medicine with you to treat sudden symptoms.
  • Do not use ADVAIR DISKUS if you have severe allergy to milk proteins. Ask your doctor if you are not sure.
  • Do not use ADVAIR more often than prescribed. Do not take ADVAIR with other medicines that contain a LABA for any reason. Tell your doctor about medicines you take and about all of your medical conditions.
  • ADVAIR DISKUS can cause serious side effects, including:
    • serious allergic reactions. Call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical care if you get any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction:
      • rash
      • hives
      • swelling of the face, mouth, and tongue
      • breathing problems
    • sudden breathing problems immediately after inhaling your medicine
    • effects on heart
      • increased blood pressure
      • a fast and irregular heartbeat
      • chest pain
    • effects on nervous system
      • tremor
      • nervousness
    • reduced adrenal function (may result in loss of energy)
    • changes in blood (sugar, potassium, certain types of white blood cells)
    • weakened immune system and a higher chance of infections. You should avoid exposure to chickenpox and measles, and, if exposed, consult your healthcare provider without delay. Worsening of existing tuberculosis, fungal, bacterial, viral, or parasitic infections, or ocular herpes simplex may occur.
    • lower bone mineral density. This may be a problem for people who already have a higher chance of low bone density (osteoporosis).
    • eye problems including glaucoma and cataracts. You should have regular eye exams while using ADVAIR.
    • slowed growth in children. A child's growth should be checked often.
  • Common side effects of ADVAIR DISKUS include:
    • upper respiratory tract infection
    • throat irritation
    • hoarseness and voice changes
    • thrush in the mouth and throat
    • bronchitis
    • cough
    • headache
    • nausea and vomiting

In children with asthma, infections in the ear, nose, and throat are common.

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