Living With Less Asthma Attacks
Anyone suffering with asthma knows how serious it can be and what a scary condition it is to have. Right now there is not a cure for this diagnosis, only ways to put a band-aid over the problem. This article will go over the most common ways that are recommended to deal with asthma, and what you can be doing so that you will see a significant drop in the number of asthma attacks that you have.
The first thing that you should do is go see a doctor, if you have not been given a diagnosis. Sometimes there are other sicknesses that may present asthma-like symptoms. You need to make sure that you are treating the real problem. Once your doctor confirms that you have asthma, they will prescribe a bronchodilator. This is a medication that will dilate the bronchi along with the bronchioles so that more air can get into the lungs. You may be given a slow-acting medication, which will be taken every day, or a fast-acting one that is used in emergencies. Your doctor will probably also show you how to use an inhaler and when you should be doing so.
Along with medication, it is important to find out what triggers your asthma. The most common triggers are dust, animals or intense physical activity. Keep a journal of when you have an attack so that it is easy to pinpoint what is causing it. Once you have properly identified your triggers, do your best to avoid them at all times. Make sure to wash your sheets often and inspect your house for any triggers that you might not realize are there.
Some people with Asthma also suffer from food allergies, which can be the cause for an attack. If you cannot pinpoint any triggers though are still having asthma attacks, start keeping a food diary. You might find that every time you eat a certain food you start having an asthma attack. If you are unable to figure out what is causing your attacks, discuss this with your doctor, and they may refer you to an asthma specialist that will be better able to help.
Flu shots are very important for those that have asthma, along with staying away from others that have a cold or any other illness. When you have asthma, a cold can easily trigger asthma attacks. You will probably notice that your immune system will be lower. You can catch the flu or any other sickness easier than others, which is why it is important to take all necessary precautions.
Medication, avoiding triggers, proper cleaning and taking extra precautions against sickness might seem like a lot of work at first, though doing all of this on a consistent basis will help avoid a lot of future asthma attacks. These things will become habit over time, and doing the extra laundry or taking the proper medication will not seem like a lot of work. Once you see a reduction in your asthma attacks, you know you are doing the right thing.
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