Asthma can be deadly if you don’t take it seriously. For that reason, you need to draw up a comprehensive care plan as soon as you are diagnosed. This article will give you some tips that make it simple to tackle your asthma and get back to living your life.
You may be unaware that certain medications you might be on could cause asthma symptoms. Some NSAIDs and aspirin might do this. Beta blockers, such as those used to control high blood pressure or heart disease may also have this effect. If you suffer from any of these conditions along with your asthma, make sure you tell your doctor.
Be sure you and your family members get a yearly flu vaccination. Do everything you can to avoid a respiratory infection if you have asthma. It’s important to take the standard precautions against these illnesses, such as hand washing and vaccinations.
If you are an asthma patient, be sure that you are drinking water that has been filtered. Unfiltered water could possibly contain allergens which could cause a severe asthma attack or flare up your symptoms. If you can afford it, you may want to consider only drinking water that has come from a bottle.
Pay attention to your attack triggers. If you know what is likely to trigger your attacks, such as smoke, animals, or pollen, then you can make a better effort to avoid them. Asthma triggers are different for everyone. Unfortunately, the only real way to know what will trigger an attack is to have one, and then remember what happened.
Make sure you use your preventative inhaler that is prescribed by your doctor. Note that a preventative inhaler is different than a rescue inhaler, which is used during an acute attack. A preventative inhaler, on the other hand, dispenses medicine designed to keep the air flowing, which reduces acute attacks.
If you run a fan inside your house, make sure that it is in an open area that has very little dust. A fan will stir up loose particles, and could stir up enough of it in an enclosed area to spark an asthma attack. Dusting your house often is also a great help.
Many people that have asthma also have allergies. These allergies can trigger asthma symptoms. Some common allergens include animal dander, dust mites, molds and pollen. If you have allergies, you can visit a doctor and he can let you know exactly what you are allergic to and help you find ways to avoid it.
Monitor how many times, on a weekly basis, you are using your rescue inhaler. You should not have to rely on a rescue inhaler more than twice per week. If you find yourself needing it more often, it could be a sign that your asthma is not being controlled well or that there is a new environmental factor causing attacks more frequently. The number of times you use your inhaler can serve as a good reminder to monitor your environment and other aspects of your asthma management plan.
If you suffer from asthma, avoid being around smoke. Smoke can seriously affect the lungs and is a common asthma trigger. Vapors, cigarette smoke, and chemical fumes should be avoided. All of those things can trigger and aggravate asthma symptoms. If you live with or near a smoker, find a way to politely ask that they not smoke around you or your living spaces.
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 commonly linked to allergies. People with allergies tend to develop asthma more often than people who do not, and also allergic reactions can serve as triggers for asthma attacks. It is therefore important to have your allergies properly diagnosed, and more specifically to be aware of which allergens you have to watch out for. This knowledge will allow you to avoid situations where you could be at risk of an asthma attack.
Now that you have a bit more knowledge about how to take on asthma, you are at less risk of dying due to improper management. By taking decisive action to manage your asthma, which includes using the tips in this article, you cannot just survive with asthma, but thrive as well.