For millions of people who have a hard time breathing due to asthma the simplest physical tasks can see difficult. Fortunately, there are many options for treatment, which will take the stress out of everyday life. These tips can help you manage your asthma and help you learn more knowledge about your condition.
If you are going to exercise, start very slowly. Sudden exercise such as taking off running can trigger asthma for most people. You can exercise, but do some warming up exercises that will gradually increase your heart rate until you feel comfortable with harder exercises. Do not force yourself to exercise if you feel you are going to have an asthma attack.
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.
Asthma is caused by certain triggers, therefore the easiest way to avoid painful attacks is to avoid them. These triggers can be anything from pollen to pet hair so it is important to seek professional help to determine the underlying cause. If this is not an option for you keep an asthma diary, listing your activities before an attack to help to identify the real cause.
Avoid bringing plants into your home. Unfortunately, this includes decorative bouquets and similar gifts. The pollen and scents produced by these plants can trigger asthma symptoms, or they can trigger the environmental allergies that go along with asthma for many sufferers. If someone does bring flowers into your home, thank them politely but remove the flowers at the first sign of symptoms.
Be cautious when taking medications with asthma. Even some over the counter drugs, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, may worsen asthma symptoms. If you are taking an over-the-counter medicine, be alert to changes in your asthma symptoms or for indications of an asthma attack. It may be necessary to avoid certain medications, in order to keep your asthma under control.
Educate yourself on potential problems caused by your prescription medications. Many commonly prescribed drugs such as beta blockers can worsen asthma or interact with asthma medications. If you experience any of these side effects, talk with your doctor and make sure you are on a prescription regimen appropriate to manage your asthma as well.
Have your inhaler technique checked. Many people use their inhaler improperly. If you aren’t using your inhaler correctly, you may not be receiving the correct dosage of medication, which means that it won’t work as effectively for you. Any medical practitioner with experience in asthma treatment should be able to critique your inhaler technique.
Now that you understand a few effective and simple ways to handle asthma, you can be more confident about your ability to live a good life and support others. Having asthma isn’t the end of your life as you know it. The advice in this article can help comfort you or your loved one.