Live, laugh, run, jump, shout, and scream. We all love to do these things! Nevertheless, these things, which many of us take for granted are difficult for a large number people because of Asthma. So, what can we do to help counteract this problem? As Asthma has no cure, we can only implement preventative measures to assist those who suffer from it.
The medical definition for Asthma is a chronic (long-term) condition that causes inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial tubes cause wheezing, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Bronchial tubes are the pathways in the body that allow air to enter and leave the lungs. People with Asthma, however, will often suffer from wheezing (a hissing sound while breathing), chest tightness, breathing problems, and coughing when their condition presents itself.
Asthma can make it difficult for people to participate in everyday activities such as, running, going for long walks, exercising, walking up the stairs, and more. To understand how and why these tips are practical for people who have Asthma, it is important to know how Asthma attacks can be triggered.
Common triggers include:
3. Severe weather conditions
4. Allergens such as dust mites, pollen, animal dander, and mold
5. Airborne irritants such as strong smells, smoke, and air pollution
So the question is: how can we combat these things? The common way is for people to rely on their Asthma medication. While these are necessary, the medication keeps the symptoms at bay, rather than improving your quality of life. Some quick and straightforward tips to coping with Asthmatic conditions are:
- Have an action plan –
- Learn everything you can about Asthma
- Recognise and know what to do when the symptoms of wheezing, chest tightness, breathing difficulty, and coughing appear
- Access to medications –
- Know where medications are kept
- Know how to use the medications and have spares
- Be in control of your pets –
- Dander from your pets can trigger Asthma attacks
- Keep your pets outside the house or limit where they can go in the house
- Keep your indoor environment clean –
- Remove carpets
- Mop, vacuum using a HEPA filter which you change regularly, and dust thoroughly at least twice a week
- The person with asthma should wear a surgical mask while cleaning
- Practice adequate pest control
- Use dust mite repellent bedsheets and pillow cases
- Do not allow smoking in the house
- Make an investment in a healthy lifestyle –
- Get at least 30 minutes of exercise 6 days a week, even if it is just walking
- Do not forget to pace yourself in all your daily activities
- Make healthy food choices by eating low-fat, low-sugar foods, whole grains, and fruits and nuts
- Drink plenty of water
- Maintain a healthy weight
- If you are the one with asthma, it’s recommended that you don’t smoke or drink alcohol; if you are living with someone who has asthma, use that as motivation to quit smoking and drinking, or at least attempt to refrain from doing those things in their presence
- Make sure to get sufficient sleep (it is advisable for Asthma sufferers to use their inhalers just before they go to sleep. This can help prevent an Asthma attack during the night)
Whether you or someone you live with has Asthma, doesn’t matter in the scheme of things. By choosing to make healthy lifestyle choices, everyone in your home will benefit. At first, it might seem like a lot to remember or to keep track of, but it is important to stay positive while adapting your lifestyle. Positivity reduces stress, which is significant because stress is one of the factors that can trigger Asthma attacks.
Make sure that you are aware of your limitations; however, make an effort to be creative in finding other ways in which you can reach your goals. All in all, our health experts at Apollo Hospitals have noted that being positive, slowing down, and communicating with your family are all things that can make your life wonderful whether you have Asthma or not.