Asthma can restrict your daily lifestyle, or even be a threat to your life without the knowledge you need to control it. You should take all appropriate measures to try and manage the disease. By using the tips in this article, you will be able to control your asthma better.
Asthma is a chronic disease that requires ongoing, consistent management and care. You need to always take your medications for your everyday symptoms, and keep your quick relief medication with you in case you do have an attack. Speak to your allergist and doctor to see what they recommend for you.
If you have moderate asthma attacks, exhale forcefully, so that you force air from your lungs. Breathe out hard and fast. Truly pump all air from your lungs! Take three breaths in succession. These breaths don’t have to be deep, just breathe a little. Then take a deep breath, pulling as much air as possible into your lungs. When your lungs are as full as you can stand, force the air out. This technique develops a breathing rhythm, allowing you to notice the breaths that you take in. 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.
Make sure you are using your inhaler properly. An inhaler is most effective if used in a relaxed location and according to the maker’s instructions. Remember that using an inhaler is only going to help you if the medication contained within makes its way to the lungs. Spray the stated dose of medicine into your mouth as you inhale. You should keep your breath held for 10 seconds at a minimum to let the medicated mist fill up your lungs.
If you are an asthma patient, be sure to stay away from people who smoke, even if you are not a smoker yourself. When you breathe in smoke, especially in small spaces, it diminishes breathing ability, which greatly increases the probability of an asthma attack.
If you or someone in your family has asthma, all family members need to get flu shots every year. Make sure your child’s vaccinations are up-to-date to avoid as many infections as possible.
Pay attention to your symptom triggers. The more aware of your triggers you become, the easier it will be to avoid them and reduce the number of attacks you suffer. If you have asthma, it’s most likely triggered by things such as being around animals or pollen. Most asthmatics also can’t tolerate smoke. If able, avoid anything that results in symptoms of asthma or an asthma attack.
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.