Asthma can restrict your ability to live and enjoy life by preventing you from doing even basic activities, such as taking a walk outside. But you should know that your symptoms can get better if you take the appropriate steps to improve your asthma. This article contains several easy tips for you to start getting your asthma under control.
Beware of certain medications like aspirin and penicillin if you suffer from asthma. These medications can actually worsen your asthma symptoms or trigger an attacks. Try to use substitutions such as paracetamol when you have a headache, or you are in pain, and be sure to ask your doctor what medications are safer to take.
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.
Make sure that you and your loved ones get a flu vaccination yearly. If you have asthma, try to avoid getting respiratory infections if you can. To do this you must take extra precautions against getting sick, like washing your hands often and getting vaccinated every year.
If you have asthma and you are going to be traveling by air, be sure to get a note from your doctor stating your condition and what medications you take. Airports are picky on what can be brought on board, but asthma patients are always permitted to bring medications and inhalers on board, as long as they have a doctor’s note.
If you have asthma and are going to exercise, be sure you take breaks in the middle of your workout, even if your asthma symptoms are not acting up. Many times, asthma symptoms can sneak up on you in the middle of the workout. This can be prevented if you take breaks.
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.
If you do hard, strenuous exercise, especially in cold and dry weather, it can cause your asthma to worsen, or act up. Avoid strenuous exercise. Instead focus on long range exercises that require less exertion. If you live in a cold or dry environment, then make sure you are getting your exercise indoors where the temperature and humidity are controlled.
You might find that just taking asthma medication isn’t enough to control all of the symptoms. If so, you should supplement your medication by applying these simple tips that will relieve your symptoms, improve the health and condition of your lungs, and prevent symptoms from going out of control.