If you’ve just been given an asthma diagnosis, you may not know what to do. Asthma has no cure, and as such the condition is chronic. Believe it or not, however, life does go on even after you are diagnosed with this condition. This article offers ways in which you can effectively and safely manage asthma.
Stay away from smoking, or being around any smoke, vapors or fumes. That means you have to avoid all tobacco, and seriously consider think about what jobs you take; for example, factories are probably not a healthy place for you because of all the vapors and smoke.
If you have any children who suffer from asthma, avoid smoking around them at all costs. There’s a long list of environmental asthma triggers, and secondhand smoke is at the top of it. You should never put your children in a situation where they are exposed to people who are smoking.
Learn what triggers your asthma so that you can avoid it. Asthma triggers will vary greatly between individuals. If you have allergy related asthma, you will want to avoid pollen and dust. For others, certain physical activities may be the trigger. Try to determine your asthma triggers, so you can avoid them and prevent attacks.
The symptoms of asthma might not always be apparent, but for those that suffer from the disease, the condition never goes away entirely. Be sure to take the correct medicines to keep your daily asthma symptoms under control, and always have emergency medication available in case an attack occurs. A variety of options are available for the treatment of asthmatic attacks. Consult your doctor and an allergist.
During an attack that isn’t severe, force all air from your lungs. When you breathe out, exhale the air quickly and as hard as you can. Expel the air in your lungs with great force! Inhale three times with short breaths, and then on the fourth one take a deeper breath so your lungs are full of air but still comfortable. Then breath out as hard as you can again. Breathing in this rhythmic manner helps you to concentrate on the breaths you’re taking. It pushes air from your lungs so you can breathe more in. Do not be alarmed if you cough or generate excess mucous; this is perfectly normal. Your only concern is to return your breathing to normal.
Don’t turn on any fans if you see that your room is dusty. This can move the dust around and can trigger an attack easily. Open a window to bring clean, cool air inside instead.
If you are having trouble preventing asthma attacks, you may find success with a leukotriene inhibitor. This type of inhibitor is designed to prevent leukotrienes. Leukotriene, a chemical substance, can provoke an inflammation that causes an asthma attack. The inhibitor will prevent leukotrienes, which can decrease the amount of asthma attacks that you have.
90% of dealing with asthma is about preparing for attacks. Educating yourself on your particular asthma challenges and requirements will keep you healthy and minimize the risks you have to live with. Hopefully, this article will leave you better informed and well prepared to effectively combat this very serious and potentially life changing disease.