Tips for controlling your Asthma symptoms

February 21, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Posted in Asthma | 1 Comment
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Asthma is a condition that affects many people. Asthma is caused by environmental factors, such as exposure to pollutants in the air, and genetic inheritance which means that living with it on a daily basis can be difficult. The tips in this article should be able to help you cope with your symptoms.

If you suffer from asthma you might want to check if you have any allergies to certain foods or your environment. There are many things that could contribute such as pets, cleaning products, feather pillows or bed, even certain perfumes. Dairy products as well as refined foods like white flour and sugar are known causes.

A dehumidifier is a great investment for the home of an asthma sufferer. It will control the humidity in the property and provide a clean and dry environment which is ideal for reducing the chances of an asthma attack occurring. Just make sure all humidifier and air conditioning filters are replaced regularly so they can effectively remove all unwanted air particles.

Get a bronchodilator or an inhaler. These products usually allow you to breathe better within seconds of using them. There are risks inherent to using these products, but if you use them as prescribed they should make your life easier. Ask your doctor about what kind of inhaler you should use to make sure the risks are lessened.

Shower or bathe each evening before going to bed to remove any allergens that can trigger an asthma attack. Sleeping with allergens on your skin or hair can not only cause an attack, but may make you even more sensitive to specific triggers over time.

If you are really suffering from your allergy, it is important to avoid allergens as much as possible. These irritants can trigger an attack and cause coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Things you should stay away from are tobacco smoke, pollen, dust, mold and pet dander. Some people are also sensitive to cold air or overexerting themselves. Learn to identify these triggers and you should be able to lessen their effects more easily and consistently. This will improve your quality of life considerably.

Control or eliminate cockroaches – this goes for everyone really! but on top of being a general health hazard to all of us, cockroaches produce dander that can trigger asthma symptoms and allergies. If you do have roaches, use boric acid or traps to kill them instead of chemical pesticides, which can irritate your bronchial pathways and trigger an attack too.

A great tip that can help you get a grip on your asthma is to bring your own pillow when you travel anywhere. You never how much dust there’s going to be when you’re staying at different places. Bringing your own clean pillow will reduce the risk of breathing in dust. We’ve all been to places where the cleanliness is less than desired, and when you factor in an allergy this compounds the issue.

Hopefully these tips can be put to use and aid you in reducing and potentially even eliminating your symptoms. Try some of these tips individually at first so you can identify which are actually helping. Then you can try others to see how much more you can improve.


Asthma Symptoms and Treatments

December 2, 2010 at 11:18 am | Posted in Asthma | 1 Comment
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Asthma affects over 7% of Americans, and is the reason for thousands if not millions of visits to hospitals each year. This figure has been increasing year on year and does not look like slowing in the near future. Asthma is a very common inflammatory disease that can affect people of all ages. It affects the sufferers ability to breathe normally and can cause chest tightness, breathlessness and whhezing and coughing, in more serious cases it can actually trigger asthma attacks that can be dangerous to the sufferer.

When the bronchial passageways are inflamed there is less room for air to flow and you then have trouble breathing naturally. In people that suffer from Asthma, the airways can be sensitive and irritable, whereby even the smallest trigger can cause the airways to react and the onset of symptoms will start. Triggers can vary, but the most common are animal hair, dust/smoke and pollen.

Genetics have been associated to causing asthma in sufferers. Although this has not been confirmed and has in fact been disputed by some studies. Separate reports have reported links between 25 genes and asthma, the majority of which are associated to the immune system or inflammation control.

Environmental and health factors are thought to be the cause of most symptoms. Different combinations of factors will affect different people, and some people will be at risk more than others from different causes. Any of the following factors can cause asthma sufferers to experience symptoms:-

Colds and Flu
Changes in Weather conditions
Allergens (pets, dust and pollen)
Allergies from foods such as nuts, eggs, milk or seafood
Smoke from cigarrettes
Additives in foods

When it comes to treating Asthma symptoms, there are many options available, from steroids and anti-inflammatory’s to inhalers and other prescriptive medications. A nebulizer might be prescribed by your doctor or physician if symptoms are more serious. Another option is a homeopathic remedy that is completely natural. It’s called Respitrol and can be a real benefit for sufferers alongside their prescribed medication.

This is a machine that will allow the prescribed medications that are normally taken through an inhaler or as a liquid to be inhaled using a mask after they are converted to a mist for quick and easy absorption. This method is extremely helpful for elderly and children who may have difficulties with other methods of treatment. Another treatment for asthma symptoms that is natural, that you may want to try if you are worried about using prescriptive drugs or steroids, is called Respitrol. It is a homeopathic treatment for asthma symptoms that has no side effects, is non-toxic and can relieve your asthma symptoms naturally.

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