Asthma is the seventh-ranked chronic health condition in the United States and the leading chronic illness of children. It is a chronic inflammatory disease that makes airways (bronchial tubes) particularly sensitive to irritants. It is currently estimated that as many as 300 million people world wide suffer from asthma, and that number continues to rise.

But an asthma sufferer can lead a happy life with very few days to no symptoms. By making certain adjustments to your lifestyle, you can dramatically increase your ability to relieve asthma symptoms.

Self-care tips to help you cope with asthma include:

1. Avoid exposure to allergens such as pollen and dust.

2. Avoid eating foods to which you are allergic. Some of the common foods to which most of them show allergic reactions include fish and yeast.

3. Restrict or even avoid in worst cases fruits with high sugar content like bananas and apples; these will increase the problem of mucus secretion.

4. Avoid fried foods and foods that are hard to digest.

5. Drink plenty of water. This will not only ease the digestion but also helps to reduce the formation of highly thick mucus.

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