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How can I reduce the effects of asthma?
People who successfully manage their asthma learn to reconize their triggers and avoid them. They make lifestyle adjustments to minimize symptoms and use long-term medications to control symptoms. If you are having trouble controlling your asthma or if your asthma symptoms worsen, a pulmonologist, a specialist who has advanced training in diseases of the respiratory tract, is a good source of expertise.
There are known risk factors for asthma that you can change. If you are overweight or a smoker, you are at a higher risk. Exposure to secondhand smoke, pollution, toxic fumes and occupational chemicals increase your risk of developing asthma. Risk factors that you can't control include low birth weight, having a blood relative with asthma, a mother who smoked and having allergic conditions.