Asthma is a very serious, potentially life-threatening disease. Take asthma seriously by learning all that you can to manage it properly. You can manage your asthma and reduce your symptoms by applying the tips below.
Know situations and conditions that cause asthma attacks for you, and stay away from them in the future as much as possible. This can vary from person to person, as small particles like dust can cause asthma attacks. While in other people, all it takes is physical activity and an attack can trigger. Keep a journal of your attacks so that you can start to learn what your triggers are so that you can prevent flareups before they begin.
There are certain medications that cause or exacerbate asthma symptoms. Not everyone knows this. Believe it or not, something as seemingly innocuous as aspirin can actually trigger symptoms. Beta blockers, such as those used to control high blood pressure or heart disease may also have this effect. If you have asthma paired with heart disease or high blood pressure, tell your doctor.
Asthma is a disease that is continuous. As such, it requires long-term health management. 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. Consult with your physician and allergist to find out what is best for you.
If you are experiencing a moderately severe attack, try to first exhale completely. Exhale in a hard and fast manner. You want to force all of the air from your lungs. Inhale for three quick breaths, and then take one deep breath so that you can allow your lungs to fill with air, and then force the air out again. This will force you to pay careful attention to all of your breaths. It also keeps air flowing out of the lung,s so that you can refill them. You may cough or generate sputum, this is okay, your main goal is to get your breathing back on track again.
If allergies lead to constant attacks from your asthma, there has been a recent solution that is administered via injection that provides long term care! Known as Omalizumab, this antibody medicine can control the body’s allergic senses and lower the symptoms or reactions that asthma patients suffer.
Many people underestimate asthma, or at least think that they can’t do anything about it since it is an incurable disease. However, you’ll be amazed at how much difference you can make simply by following these simple steps to try and relieve symptoms and reduce the sources of asthma attacks.