Knowing what you can do and what you can avoid to keep your asthma in check, can give you a new lease on life and reduce the constant fear of when the next attack will be. The tips below will give you that information you need to live more peacefully.
When you suffer a medium-intensity attack, try and forcefully exhale all air from your lungs. Exhale quickly and hard. Get the air all out of the lungs. Then take three quick breaths, next a deeper breath till your lungs fill with air, then repeat the forceful exhalation again. This gives your breathing a rhythm and makes you focus on your breathing. Expelling the air from your lungs in this fashion also allows you to breathe in deeper. You may cough or generate sputum, this is okay, your main goal is to get your breathing back on track again.
If you have been diagnosed with asthma, you must avoid cigarette smoke at all costs. If you smoke, try quitting. Avoid vapors and chemical fumes from cigarettes. This can cause an asthma attack, and you may be unable to bring it under control. If you are around others who are smoking, remove yourself.
Try to avoid animals, as much as possible, if you have severe asthma. Even those who aren’t allergic to pets, should still limit their contact, since the animals’ fur can house dirt, dust, pollen and other asthma triggers. If you must have a pet, look into breeds that are hairless.
If you have asthma, and you have no choice but to live in a cold environment, try not to spend too much outside when it is cold. The cold will worsen your asthma symptoms or cause attacks. Spend as much time as you can in a hot environment and when you have to go outside, wear a scarf.
Quick relief or preventative treatment inhalers are medicines that need to be administered properly. Make sure you breath deeply into your lungs as you depress the inhaler. Hold the medication in your lungs for at least 3 to 5 seconds before you exhale allowing it to take better effect.
For asthma patients who are purchasing new furniture, try to make sure that you keep your windows open for a few days when you get your furniture so that it can air out. Many people who suffer from asthma find that the smells of new furniture make their asthma symptoms much worse.
Make sure you use your preventative inhaler that is prescribed by your doctor. Note that a preventative inhaler is different than a rescue inhaler, which is used during an acute attack. A preventative inhaler, on the other hand, dispenses medicine designed to keep the air flowing, which reduces acute attacks.
Having asthma doesn’t have to mean that you live in constant worry or fear of the next attack. It means that you have to be smart about what you do and avoid. The information here should help you to stay breathing easy for a long, long time.