Here are the tips to deal with asthma and allergy.
Did you know? 1 in 12 Americans have asthma, meaning that 25 million people have asthma in the USA.
Asthma is a lung or chronic respiratory condition characterised by difficulty in breathing due to attacks of spasm in the bronchi of the lungs.
Surprisingly, the same allergens cause sneezing fits and watery eyes in some people trigger asthma attack in others.
If you have asthma, you can’t play your favourite sports or do workouts. You may need to miss your school or work because of your asthma. It holds you back from your routine things. And one more thing—you have to carry your inhaler every time with you.
It means that your life is bit different with limited physical activities and lots of precautions to avoid getting dust and allergens. In this way, asthma affects your routine life.
Following the Precautions is Important than Anything Else
If you have asthma, you understand well how important is it for you to follow the precautions. You can’t afford to skip an inhaler. You have to protect yourself from dust, pollens and allergens to avoid having wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. In nutshell, following precautions and medications are the important part of your life to minimize discomfort and pain associated with this lifelong disease.
Although a person with asthma has to rely on medications to prevent and ease the signs, you can do several things on your own to minimize the onset of asthma attacks while keeping yourself healthy.
Keep Your Surroundings Neat and Clean:
Although it is difficult to minimise all the potential asthma triggers, keeping clean indoor environment can help. Here are the some simple things you can do to keep your rooms free from dust, pollen's, dander and mites
- Get your carpets removed as they are accumulated with the dust over the time. Instead, you can use tile, wood, or laminate flooring as these are easier to keep dust free.
- Use washable curtains and blinds.
- Make sure to mop and vacuum the rooms, at least twice a week.
- Schedule an annual cleaning of filters installed in furnaces and HEPA machines.
- Do pest control to get rid of roaches and rodents
- Use neat and clean bedding and toys and wash them every week
- Use dust mite covers to avoid getting dust on your mattresses and pillows
- Use dehumidifier to minimise excess moisture and mold in your rooms
Maintain a Healthy Weight:
Obesity may aggravate your asthma symptoms or make it difficult for you to control them. Research shows that asthma medications may not work for the people with obesity. Therefore, it is essential for you to maintain a healthy weight. You can do certain workouts (please ask your GP) and take a healthy diet to shed your pounds.
Reduce Pet Dander:
It is challenging for an asthma patient to live with the pets with fur or feather. Pet dander is one of the major causes of an asthma attack. Having pets regularly bathed and cleaned is an easy way to minimize the amount of dander in your living environment. Besides, limit their access to your bedroom.
Be Clear with Your Asthma Action Plan:
How to take medications? What to do if you have certain symptoms or attack? What should I avoid? What are my rescue medications? Who I should call if the symptoms turn worse? When to ask for help?
These are the things you should keep in mind while palling your action plan for asthma.
Avoid Smoking Completely:
Smoking can worsen your problem as it fills the respiratory system with many toxins, making you prone to asthma attack. These toxins cause bronchial spasms and respiratory infections. Besides, avoid the areas where people smoke and ask for a smoke free hotel room.
Manage Your Stress:
Stress has been counted among the asthma trigger as it makes you feel short of breath, anxious and panicked. It is likely to worsen your asthma sings. Therefore, it is important to find the ways to manage your stress. Here are some things you can try to bring down your stress level:
- Avoid stressful events
- Get some workouts (consult your GP first)
- Take plenty of rest
- Practice relaxation exercises like deep breathing
Take Care of Your Diet:
Although there is no clear evidence how diet affects asthma, it is always good to take nutritious diet. Some foods keep the asthma symptoms like allergic reactions at bay.
Take plenty of fruits and veggies, especially rich in Vitamin C. Opt for strawberries, blue berries, melons and oranges. Likewise, food rich in vitamin E contain Tocopherol, an oxidant which lowers the risk of asthma signs like cough and wheezing.
Herbs like rosemary, peppermint, marjoram, oregano and peppermint are the great source of rosmaniric acid, which helps the lungs breathe easier.
Omega-3 Fatty acids, which are found in fishes like salmon, tuna and sardines, are known for lowering the inflammation. Flaxseed is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. However, you should avoid trans-fat and omega-6 fatty acids, found in some processed foods and margarines, can aggravate asthma. Besides, minimize the intake of dairy products, egg, and salty food. Monosodium glutamate, an ingredient used in Chinese dishes, may aggravate the condition. Also check if the product contains tartazine (artificial food coloring), benzoate (soft drinks) and anything with preservatives.
So these are some tips to deal with asthma and allergy. One more thing—visit your doctor for a routine checkup.