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.
If you are going to exercise, start very slowly. Sudden exercise such as taking off running can trigger asthma for most people. You can exercise, but do some warming up exercises that will gradually increase your heart rate until you feel comfortable with harder exercises. Do not force yourself to exercise if you feel you are going to have an asthma attack.
You may want to avoid getting pets, especially those with longer fur, if you have asthma. For many people, pet dander and fur is one of the major triggers of asthma attacks. If you really want to get a pet, try to get one with short fur or get an aquatic animal, like a fish.
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.
People that have asthma are often known to have allergies that can trigger your symptoms. Make sure you know what you are allergic to so that you can learn to stay away from the things that can hurt you. An allergist is the best one to give you a broad allergy test.
Medications can be taken on a regular basis to control inflammation in your airways. Inhaled corticosteroids such as cromolyn and leukotriene modifiers are some such medications. Consult with your doctor about which one is the best for you. You may need to try several of them.
For those who have severe asthma, make sure you are using a nebulizer treatment before you go to sleep. Your lungs will be more open and it will be easier for you to sleep throughout the night by using a nebulizer treatment. Try to keep your rescue inhaler near your bed.
If you suffer from asthma then you should avoid using NSAIDS or aspirin. These can trigger asthma or make it worse. Stick to Tylenol or acetaminophen for your pain control and fever reducing needs. You can also talk to you doctor about other possible substitutions.
Asthmatics should avoid being exposed to smoke, regardless if you are a smoker. You can suffer an asthma attack if you are around cigarette smoke because it makes your lungs function poorly. You are even more exposed to an attack when the smoke is in a closed-in room or area.
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.