Handling Asthma at Work

Managing Your Asthma On the Go

If you’ve ever been on a work call or in a meeting and felt your chest tighten, you’ve likely experienced your asthma getting in the way of your job. Working with asthma can be tough, but there are ways to manage your symptoms to make your daily life easier. Here are some tips from our allergy and asthma specialists at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia:

Know Your Triggers

Asthma can be triggered by allergens, irritants, weather changes, physical activity, or even stress. Keep track of what seems to trigger your asthma and try to avoid those things if possible.

If you're not sure what your triggers are or if your asthma is left undiagnosed, it’s important to talk to a board-certified Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia allergist for treatment and to ensure you’re taking the right inhaler.

Have an Asthma Plan

Our team at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia can help you create an individual asthma action plan to help you manage your asthma at home, at work, and on the go. This plan will outline what to do when you have asthma symptoms and how to prevent them.

Make sure you know where to find your asthma medication and inhaler, and be sure to carry them with you when you're working. You may also want to alert your employer of your asthma in the event that you have a medical emergency.

Avoid Smoke

Secondhand smoke can aggravate asthma symptoms and make breathing difficult. Try to avoid workplaces or areas where smoking is allowed.

Stay Cool and Dry

Asthma symptoms can worsen in hot, humid weather. Try to stay cool and dry by drinking plenty of fluids, wearing light clothing, and avoiding strenuous activity. If possible, try to keep your work environment cool as well.

Take Breaks

If you're feeling overwhelmed or like your asthma is acting up, take a break. Get some fresh air, drink some water, and relax for a few minutes. You can always come back to work later.

Start Your Asthma Management Plan Today

Managing asthma can seem like a lot of work, but it doesn't have to be. By following these tips, you can help keep your asthma under control and make working with asthma a little easier.

Book your same-day or next-day appointment with your local Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia allergist to start taking control of your asthma and allergy symptoms! Contact us online, or by phone at: (770) 459-0620

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