If you have recently been handed a diagnosis of asthma, you may find yourself in a panic. Asthma is a life-long health condition without a cure. However, your life does not have to come to an end upon being told you have asthma. This article will show you some ways you can manage your asthma in a safe manner.
Can you identify the exact type of asthma you’re dealing with? When you’re informed about your asthma, you’ll be able to do more to cope with the illness and prevent it from having a negative effect on your life. If your asthma is triggered by exercise, throw an inhaler into your gym bag. You can actually start preventing asthma attacks if you are aware and mindful of any patterns that your symptoms present.
Let your friends know that they should not give you gifts of household plants. Plants can be a severe trigger for certain asthmatics. Having them constantly in your home would be like fighting a war with your environment every day. If someone does give you a plant, see if it can be planted outside. If it can’t be moved outdoors, thank them nicely for the gift and then give it away later.
While exercising, to avoid an attack or to overcome a mild attack take these two steps. Step One: thrust all of the air out of your lungs, really force it. Step Two: create an “O” shape with your lips, almost like you are about to whistle, but not that narrow, then forcibly suck air back into your lungs until you are comfortably filled with air. Repeat these steps as long as you are exercising and are worried about an attack. The breathing creates a rhythm so that you are aware of your breathing. It also causes you to mildly hyperventilate, pumping more oxygen into your bloodstream.
Although it may seem trivial to most people, it is important that you live near your doctor or an emergency room if you have asthma. Living in a rural area can mean that paramedics cannot get to you in time to save your life if you have a severe asthma attack.
Make sure you know your breathing. Observe the way you breathe when you are calm and symptom free. When you realize that your breathing has changed you can consider relaxation and breathing techniques to calm you down to avoid severe asthma attacks. During an attack, try to return your breathing to its normal depth and rate.
If your child is exhibiting any symptoms of asthma, be sure that you take them to the doctor right away. Beginning treatment at a young age can help your child live a longer, healthier life. Be sure that your child’s doctor checks for asthma during yearly check-ups as well.
As this article has shown, being prepared can help you to live your life despite being diagnosed with asthma. Knowing all that you can about your particular type of asthma, and the different ways to address it is the best preventative course of action you can take. Reading this article has been the first important step in getting control of this disease.