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January 14, 2010 at 1:27 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

5 Quick Tips to Control Asthma Attacks

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Asthma is a very serious disease that causes a person's airways to constrict, thus limiting the amount of air they can breathe in. If left untreated, asthma can kill, so it is important to prevent asthma attacks as much as possible.

1. Avoid Triggers

Triggers are things that cause you to have an asthma attack. Triggers can be environmental irritants like pollen or pollution, or they can be circumstantial, like stress or exercise. It is very important for you to identify the things that trigger your asthma and avoid them as much as possible. Some common triggers are:

  • Dust mites
  • Pollen
  • Mold
  • Pet dander
  • Cockroach feces
  • Dust
  • Foods to which you may be allergic, like shellfish or peanuts
  • Cigarette, wood fire, or charcoal grill smoke
  • Fumes or odors like household sprays, perfume, paint, gasoline, and scented soap
  • Respiratory infections
  • Colds or the flu
  • Exercise, especially in cold weather
  • Laughing
  • Crying
  • Hyperventilation
  • Dry wind
  • Cold air
  • Sudden weather changes
  • Strong emotions (anger, fear, excitement)
  • Medications (for example, some adults are sensitive to aspirin)

Any number of these examples and others may trigger an asthma attack for you. You should try to identify these triggers and avoid them. You might not react immediately to a trigger, so sometimes it is difficult to figure out what is causing your asthma attacks.

2. Take Prescribed Medications

  • Your health practitioner will probably prescribe some medication to treat your asthma.
  • You will probably receive a medication that you take regularly that is designed to prevent asthma attacks from happening.
  • You will probably also receive an inhaler for use during an asthma attack.
  • You should always take these medications as directed, and never alter your dosage without permission from your health practitioner.
  • If you need to use your inhaler more than twice a week, your asthma may not be properly under control. You should see your health practitioner if this is the case.

3. Treat Symptoms Immediately

If you feel yourself beginning to have an asthma attack, you should treat these symptoms immediately. Do not wait to see if they get better.

4. Eat Right and Exercise

  • A healthy diet and exercise is the key to great overall health.
  • Make sure you are getting enough whole grains and vegetables and avoid excess fat and calories.
  • Exercise is also very important. Even if you have sports induced asthma, meaning you have asthma symptoms a few minutes after beginning strenuous exercise, you still need to stay active and healthy. Low impact activities like walking or bicycling can help you stay fit.
  • If your asthma is under control, you should be able to do all the activities you enjoy without breathing problems.

5. Try an All Natural Supplement

There are many supplements on the market today that are designed to help alleviate asthma symptoms.

References:

http://www.getasthmahelp.org/userasthmaeducationmenu.asp

http://www.epa.gov/asthma/triggers.html

http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=8&cont=6

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