Keeping Allergy and Asthma Symptoms Under Control in the New Year
Newswise – ARLINGTON HEIGHTS (December 17, 2021) – New Year’s Resolutions can seem overwhelming and guilty if you can’t keep them. This year, why not assign yourself a few tasks to keep your allergy and asthma symptoms under control in 2022, while making sure you don’t contract COVID-19?
“The best way to tackle health problems is in small chunks, and that goes for allergy and asthma control,” says allergist Mark Corbett, MD, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). “The past few years have been tough for everyone, but you still want to find ways to improve your health routine. Making small, manageable adjustments is a great start to moving on a healthier path and seeing improvements in controlling allergy and asthma flare-ups.
Here are five ACAAI New Years Resolutions that those with allergies or asthma might want to consider.
- It’s tried and true – blow the smoke out of your life – No New Years Resolutions list would be complete without the suggestion to quit smoking. If you or your children have asthma, you need to rid your home and life of cigarette smoke.. Second-hand smoke is particularly harmful to the lungs of children, and studies have shown that children with asthma who are exposed to second-hand smoke at home are almost twice as likely to be hospitalized as children with asthma who are not. not exposed.
- Do all you can to avoid COVID-19 – With the virus still circulating in communities across the United States, including the Delta and Omicron variants, experts expect a significant number of cases this winter. You can take precautions, including immunizations, reminders, masking, and social distancing, to prevent you or your family members from contracting the virus. Anyone with a respiratory illness like asthma needs protection because you don’t want to end up in the hospital, whether it’s from COVID or the flu. So get your flu shot too.
- Pay attention to your mental health – The stronger your emotional health, the better your body will feel and the more efficient you will be at staying healthy. Studies have shown that stress can have negative health effects, including more symptoms in people with allergies and asthma. Try calming therapies to improve symptoms. Consider downloading a meditation or relaxation app to use at night before bed. Soothing music can be beneficial, as can activities that you enjoy and that lift your spirits.
- See a certified allergist – Did you know that most people think their asthma is under control when it really isn’t? You may also not be aware that allergists are trained to diagnose and treat symptoms of asthma. An allergist can make a plan tailored to your allergies and asthma to help you live the life you want. The New Year is a great time to make an appointment with an allergist in your area, or to check in with your allergist if you haven’t seen them recently. The ACAAI has an allergist locator to help you find an allergist near you.
- Make healthy eating a priority – If you have food allergies, you already know that you need to be careful about what you eat to avoid the foods you are allergic to. You may also want to confirm – for you and your children with food allergies – that you always have two epinephrine auto-injectors with you and that they are up to date. Teens and college kids sometimes avoid mentioning food allergies so they don’t stand out among their peers. Encourage them to continue educating their friends and enlisting their help in the battle to stay allergen free.
For more information on allergy and asthma treatment, and to locate an allergist in your area, visit AllergyAndAsthmaRelief.org.
About the ACAAI
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