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Living With Asthma: How to Take Control

Mar 22, 2023

Have you ever wondered how to control Asthma in your home. Well we have some tips can certainly help your health.

Approximately 25 million people in the U.S. have asthma. This disease causes inflammation and swelling of the airways.  Symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing and tightness in the chest. Allergens, like dust or pet dander, are common triggers.

There is no cure for asthma, but with proper treatment, you can enhance your quality of life.

What Triggers Asthma

If you inhale something you are allergic to, it can trigger asthma symptoms.  Common allergens include dust mites, cockroaches, pollen, molds, pet dander and rodents. Asthma symptoms can also be brought on by strong scents, cold weather and smoky air. Irritants in the environment, like pollution, can also trigger an asthma attack.

How to Manage Asthma

Here are some key ways you can reduce the impact of asthma.

Avoid smoke.  It can make matters worse.  Identify what triggers your asthma.  Stay away from airborne allergens, especially during allergy seasons.  Find the right medication that works for you.   Keep your home clean. Vacuum, mop and dust regularly.  Have a game plan in case of an asthma attack.

Natural Asthma Treatments

You can also control your asthma the natural way.  Here are some ideas to consider.

Eat healthy foods so your body gets proper nutrients.  Colorful produce is rich in antioxidants that help fight inflammation in your body.

Caffeine.  If you are having mild asthma symptoms, a caffeinated drink can help open up your airways.

Spend time in the sun.  Soak up some vitamin D.  People with severe asthma often don’t have enough.

Reduce your stress.  Massage, meditation, and yoga can help lower this common asthma trigger. Research suggests tai chi can also help people control their asthma symptoms.

Spice it Up. Fresh garlic cloves and ginger root have anti-inflammatory compounds that can ease asthma symptoms.   Make tea with them or cook with these spices more often.

Get Moving.  Regular exercise can reduce asthma symptoms by improving lung health.  Exercise makes it easier to perform activities, like walking up stairs, without getting winded.  Consult your doctor before starting any exercise program.

Best Exercises for Asthma

Exercise can help prevent or reduce asthma symptoms. Here are some of the best ones to consider.

Certain breathing exercises can reduce asthma symptoms.  Diaphragmatic, nasal, and pursed lip breathing exercises can open your airways. Swimming is often recommended for people with asthma. It’s less likely to cause symptoms than other forms of exercise. Walking is a low-intensity activity that is gentle on the body.  It’s best to head outside when it’s warm. Cool, dry air can trigger asthma symptoms. Recreational biking and playing sports with short bursts of activity are also good options.

Other Ideas to Control Asthma

Watch the air you breathe.  Cold or dry air can aggravate your symptoms.  Indoor air matters too. A dehumidifier or humidifier can help control the moisture level.  Close the windows and keep the AC on during peak allergy season to keep pollen out.

Cut back on fat and calories. Extra weight around your chest and belly can make it harder to breathe.

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