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Breathe Easy –
How to Prevent Asthma Attacks

Easy ways to avoid an asthma attack

Asthma is a chronic (long-term) lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. If you’re experiencing wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness, you might have asthma and you should consult your doctor. Asthma can be caused by exposure to various irritants and substances that trigger allergies. These include pollen, dust mites, mold spores or pet dander.

The treatment for asthma consists of identifying and avoiding allergens that trigger symptoms, using drug therapies and having an emergency plan for severe sudden attacks.

Asthma is a chronic lung disease
Caused by various irritants and substances, asthma is a chronic lung disease
that can be remedied by following certain steps to minimize the attacks.

Here’s a list of easy ways to prevent or keep future attacks to a minimum.

Try not to catch colds

Common colds can cause asthma attacks, so do what you can to avoid them. Make sure you get vaccinated for influenza and pneumonia, especially in spring and autumn. Avoid contact with people who have the flu as much as you can. Wash your hands thoroughly after touching items that could be infected (this means basically any public spaces). Try to stay warm and dry whenever you can – if you can, have an extra pair of clothes at the office in case you get caught in the rain.

Pets

This might be a bit hard, but you should avoid having pets if you have asthma. All animals have a certain amount of dander and it can trigger an attack. There are shampoos created exactly for this issue, but there’s always going to be some hairs around. Other proteins found in pets hair and saliva can also be an allergen. If you can’t part with your furry friends, make sure you wash your hands every time you pet them. Also, animals should sleep in a separate room from you. Vacuuming frequently (twice a day) can also help.

Always carry your inhaler
Even if you take steps to minimize a potential asthma attack, always have with you the inhaler.

Keeping the air fresh

Controlling the air in your home is the most important part of asthma attacks prevention. This means being extra careful about dust, keeping the humidity at the right level (both humid and dry air can cause an attack) and getting an air purifier. Do some research and check out air purifier rating online so you can choose the right purifier for your needs and circumstances. You should definitely place air purifier in the bedroom first. Others should be arranged depending on the amount of time you spend in each room (obviously the kitchen should have one because of the cooking scents).

Exercise

Exercise can trigger an attack, but this is one trigger you definitely shouldn’t avoid. Physical activity is too important for your overall health, so you should take the risk. Maybe it’s best to talk to your doctor before you start working out – there are medications that can help with sudden flare-ups. Also, use common sense – you shouldn’t be jogging around huge amounts of pollen and try to find a gym that doesn’t have wall to wall carpeting (to avoid dust).

Asthma causes breathing difficulties
Even though exercise can trigger an attack,
there are also benefits of physical activity for asthmatics.

Take magnesium pills

According to recent studies, magnesium boost can help ease the attacks. It works as an emergency treatment by relaxing and dilating your airways. In these cases, magnesium sulfate is added to your inhaler. But, it can also be a prevention tool when taken in form of pills. Consult your doctor before using magnesium, because there are some mild side effects.

Asthma is a condition to be taken seriously, but is definitely manageable and it doesn’t have to affect your lifestyle or comfort. Consult your doctor about the treatments and take the right allergy tests. Try to keep your home clean and dust free, and your air fresh and purified, and you’ll be able to manage just fine.

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Diana Smith

Author bio:

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a passionate writer. In her free time she enjoys writing interesting and informative posts on women's health and fitness related themes.

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