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A Peek at the Pump
A Peek at the Pump

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Online learning resources for diabetes, asthma, hypertension, and nutrition.
Diabetes 101: Learn more about diabetes, managing your blood sugar levels, and your diet.
Diabetes 201: Learn more about diabetes, managing your blood sugars, and your diet.
Asthma 101: Learn more about asthma and dealing with shortness of breath.
Hypertension 101: Learn more about hypertension and managing your blood pressure.
Nutrition 101: Learn more about improving your nutrition and diet

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Lesson 3: Reducing Asthma Triggers

Busting 0ther triggers: viral infections, exercise, and emotional stress

  • Treat viral infections, sinusitis, and gastroesophageal reflux immediately and get your flu vaccine every year to prevent escalated asthma symptoms.

  • If you have exercise-induced asthma, keep you inhaler handy, avoid very cold, dry air, and try to exercise in a warm, moist environment if possible. Swimming is a good exercise for asthmatics.

  • Consult with your allergist before taking aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and beta-blockers. If you ever question a medication's effect on your asthma, consult a medical professional before taking it.

  • If you suspect a food allergy is aggravating your asthma, your allergist can help to determine which specific items are causing the reaction. There are many substitutes for common allergenic foods like milk, eggs, and wheat. Otherwise, allergenic foods must be avoided entirely.

  • Make adequate rest, exercise, nutrition, and relaxation a priority in your life and part of your normal routine. Emotional stress can wear you down and make asthma symptoms worse.

Assignment #3
Hey, we have a great idea! Try the Great Asthma Trigger Busting Quiz again to test what you've learned.

So, now you are not only an asthma trigger expert, but a trigger-busting expert as well! We're not done with you yet though. In Lesson #4 you'll learn all about the basics of daily care for asthma, which will keep your airways in top shape!

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