Asthma is a serious problem that millions of people suffer around the world. If your asthma medication isn’t working, or isn’t as effective as you’d like it to be, then follow these simple tips in this article to help relieve and lessen the symptoms and help you lead a healthy, enjoyable life.
If you suffer from asthma, it is crucial that you are using your inhaler properly. Make sure that you take a deep breath before taking your asthma pump. By not using your asthma inhaler properly, you may not be getting the proper treatment in order to control your asthma symptoms.
It is important that you know what triggers your asthma symptoms. It may be wise to keep an asthma diary so you can see a pattern of when and where your asthma attacks happen. By knowing what triggers attacks, you will know what to avoid or stay away from as much as possible.
Medications that will help you control symptoms when you have an attack are oral corticosteroids and bronchodilators. Bronchodilators, usually referred to as “rescue medications”, are usually inhaled but also come in liquid, tablet, or they are injectable. These are the most popular forms of ‘rescue medications’ that you can get.
Do not use a reliever inhaler as a part of your everyday treatment. Although reliever inhalers cannot cause you any harm by using them when they are not needed, they just will not help. Instead, be sure to use preventers daily. These inhalers usually come in brown, red or orange.
Avoid eating foods that make you gassy or bloated. The added fullness of your abdomen will put extra pressure on your abdomen. This makes it even harder than usual for your diaphragm to expand and contract while breathing. While bloating will probably not trigger a full-on attack, it will interfere with your breathing.
Take a friend or member of your family with you when you visit your doctor. Often, you are discussing so much information with your doctor that it can be difficult to keep track of all the data. Having someone with you gives you another set of ears to listen to the information and think of relevant questions. As a side benefit, having someone with you hear what the doctor says can help you engage your support network in your efforts to manage your asthma.
Be aware of how your pets may affect your asthma. Ideally, an asthma sufferer should not have any fur bearing pet because of the pet dander shed by all furry animals, even those considered low allergen. At the same time, if you frequently visit friends with pets, take appropriate precautions to lessen the effects of exposure to dander during your visit.
Asthma should be the least of your concerns in your life. But controlling your asthma takes effort and patience, and will not come easily. However, if you follow these tips in this article and watch out for warning signs, you should be able to improve your symptoms over time and also the quality of your life.