Asthma Lifestyle Management Make an Appointment Refer a Patient Ask a Question Reviewed by Flavia Cecilia Lega Hoyte, MD (February 07, 2023) How does asthma affect your day-to-day activities? Learn some great tools to help you take control and manage your asthma every day. General Tools for Managing Asthma There are some general tools to help manage your asthma, including an asthma action plan and a peak flow meter. If you know what to watch for and what steps to take, you will be able to make timely and appropriate decisions about managing asthma. Asthma Action Plan An action plan is a written, customized pla`n to help you manage asthma attacks. This tool will give you information about when and how to use long-term control and quick-relief medications. Using the plan can help you and your family take action to manage your asthma. Learn more about an asthma action plan. Peak Flow Meter A peak flow meter is a small, easy-to-use instrument that measures your peak expiratory flow, which usually decreases with worsening asthma control. Nutrition Management for Asthma Good nutrition is important for people with asthma, so you should know how to avoid foods that trigger asthma symptoms. Learn more about nutrition management for asthma. Exercise & Asthma Exercise can cause asthma symptoms in some people. However, that does not mean these people have to avoid their favorite activities. For instance, many individuals with asthma may use a metered-dose inhaler before exercise to prevent asthma symptoms during exercise. Learn more about exercise-induced asthma. Environmental Management for Asthma Things in your immediate environment, such as tobacco smoke, air pollution, pets, and even the air inside your home can affect your asthma. Learn more about environmental management for asthma. Asthma in the Fall Autumn is a time for increased exposure to things that can aggravate asthma, but there are ways to cope. Learn more about asthma in the fall. Asthma Treatment Air Pollution & Asthma Through the Generations Clinical Trials For more than 100 years, National Jewish Health has been committed to finding new treatments and cures for diseases. Search our clinical trials.