If you suffer from asthma, then you know just how debilitating this respiratory condition can be. Still, the good news is that with the proper treatment and medicine, most people with asthma can lead a relatively normal and healthy life. A lot of times, however, asthma symptoms can be made worse as a result of poor asthma management. Specifically, there are a few common mistakes you'll want to avoid when managing your asthma to lead a healthier life with fewer symptoms.

Waiting Until Symptoms Begin

One of the worst things you can do when you have asthma is to wait until your symptoms arise to begin taking any prescribed medications--including your inhaler. If you're on a prescribed daily medication for managing your asthma, you need to be taking the recommended dosage daily in order to prevent symptoms. Just because you feel fine doesn't mean you can stop taking your medications.

Not Being Careful With Cleaning Products

A lot of chemical cleaning products these days contain harsh ingredients that can agitate the respiratory system, thus bringing on symptoms in people who suffer from asthma. If you notice that you develop symptoms when cleaning your home, take a look at the cleaners you're using. You may want to consider switching to cleaners with natural ingredients, which are not only better for your respiratory system but are also better for the environment.

Failing to Get a Flu Shot

Many people with asthma don't realize it, but the flu is actually a respiratory disease. Therefore, when you contract the flu in addition to having asthma, your symptoms can become very severe and you could even develop a respiratory infection. By getting an annual flu shot, you can drastically reduce your risk of getting the flu and thus enjoy better management of your asthma and respiratory symptoms.

Using Your Inhaler Improperly

You probably don't think much of using your inhaler--especially if you've had asthma for most of your life. However, improper technique when using your inhaler can render it ineffective. Some common mistakes people make when using an inhaler include forgetting to exhale deeply before inhaling the medication dosage and not holding breath for a long enough duration. If you're not sure whether or not you're using your inhaler correctly, consider talking with your doctor or physician. He or she will be happy to provide you with a refresher course on proper usage of the device.as