13 Ways to Prevent an Asthma Attack

Smart habits and treatments can help prevent scary and dangerous asthma episodes (15 Photos)

Laurie Tarkan on Jan 24, 2012 at 4:53PM

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13 Ways to Prevent an Asthma Attack

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An estimated 16 million American adults have asthma, a chronic inflammation of the lungs, and many don’t control it as well as they could, putting them at risk for life-threatening attacks. When people with asthma are exposed to a trigger (allergy, pollution, cold virus, exercise), the inflammation in their lungs worsens and causes the airways to produce mucus, swell and potentially constrict. To prevent wheezing, coughing and a full-blown attack, you need to avoid triggers and reduce chronic inflammation. Here’s how.

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