Asthma is such a common ailment that plenty of information is available about how to treat and control it. The following tips can guide you through the more important points to remember when taking treatment for asthma.
You may want to avoid getting pets, especially those with longer fur, if you have asthma. For many people, pet dander and fur is one of the major triggers of asthma attacks. If you really want to get a pet, try to get one with short fur or get an aquatic animal, like a fish.
Do not swim in pools that contain chlorine if you have asthma. The chlorine can trigger asthma attacks or make your symptoms worse. If you are unsure if the pool that you are going to swim in has chlorine or not, ask a lifeguard or the manager of the facility.
Limit contact with animals, especially long-haired indoor/outdoor pets. Many people with asthma also suffer from diagnosed or undiagnosed animal hair allergies. Even if you aren’t allergic to animal fur or dander, long-haired animals that spend time outdoors will track in dirt and dust that can trigger an asthma attack or otherwise exacerbate asthma symptoms.
If you have been diagnosed with asthma then you want to be sure that your doctor prescribes for you a rescue inhaler. You will want to bring this rescue inhaler with you wherever you go. The reason for this is very simple: you simply never know when you will have an asthma attack.
Stay hydrated, especially during an asthma attack. As you breath in and out, moisture is evaporated from your nose and mouth. When you are having an attack and breathing at a much faster pace than usual, you are also evaporating moisture at a faster rate. It is easy to become dehydrated which will only make matters worse.
It is important to know how to use your asthma medication correctly. You need to find out all about your medicine. You need to know how to take it and when, any potential side effects and exactly how it controls your asthma. If you use a metered inhaler, find out how to correctly use it.
If you are traveling with an asthmatic family member, make sure they bring along their own pillow. If they are particularly sensitive, they may want to bring along their own bedding. Most hotel bedding, especially pillows, is prone to dust mites and other allergens, or they may use detergents that set off your symptoms.
Using your preventative inhaler should be done daily. It’s important to know, though, that it can cause sores and infections near your gums and teeth. To best method to prevent these side effects and complications is by brushing your teeth, then gargling directly after using the inhaler.
Having an asthma attack can be frightening. Certain triggers can set off a sudden asthma attack, and you always need to be ready with treatment in hand. There are many ways to treat asthma, and most depend on the severity of the attacks. Living with asthma is easier, as you know all the facts about how to treat it.