Written by Denise Bogacki
Tips To Help You Overcome Your Asthma
A respiratory condition like asthma can be a frightening prospect for someone who is newly diagnosed or if you are friends with someone who has been diagnosed with the affliction. Fortunately, the information found in this handpicked selection of tips and tricks, is likely to shed some amount of light on the subject.
Get a bronchodilator or an inhaler. These products usually allow you to breathe better a few seconds after you use 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.
One of the most common things people do to make their asthma condition worse is putting their hands near their face. Your hands touch many different things throughout the day and when they are dirty, the particles can transfer from your hands to your face and then ultimately to your lungs. In order to prevent further complicating your asthma condition and reduce the chance of an asthma attack, wash your hands frequently and keep them away from your face.
Be sure that everyone involved with your child knows about his or her asthma and knows where to find "rescue medications" and how to administer them in the event of a severe asthma attack. Also, understand that in the majority of states, children do have the right to carry their rescue medications in school.
Pay attention to local "ozone alerts" on your news and weather reports. Ozone alert days generally occur during periods of high heat which can already be a problem for some asthmatics. The ozone in the air irritates the airways and can trigger an attack. Limit your time outdoors on these days and carry your inhaler at all times.
Asthma is caused by certain triggers, therefore the easiest way to avoid painful attacks is to avoid them. These triggers can be anything from pollen to pet hair so it is important to seek professional help to determine the underlying cause. If this is not an option for you keep an asthma diary, listing your activities before an attack to help to identify the real cause.
When it is humid outside, it is best for asthma sufferers to remain indoors. The pollen count is high during high humidity, and that can cause an asthma flare up. It is also a good idea to stay inside when the seasons are changing for the same reasons as the humidity.
For temporary relief of asthma symptoms there are quick-relief medications. They are oral corticosteroids and bronchodilators. Bronchodilators are often called rescue medication and open up airways and allow more air to flow through. Corticosteroids are designed for short-term use and are either swallowed or given by injection. They work by treating inflammation in airways.
Like any other medical condition, asthma may seem especially scary, if you are unfamiliar with its most basic symptoms and treatment options. Use the information that you have just read, to arm yourself and be better prepared, if you or someone you know is faced with overcoming the condition on a daily basis.