Having Asthma and Staying Healthy

by Mel on March 3, 2015

If you’ve been diagnosed with asthma and you’ve been given regular preventive and reliever therapy (usually in the form of inhalers, or tablets), it’s important to use the preventive treatment every day even if you’re feeling well. Woman with asthma using inhalerBecause asthma can’t be cured and triggers can’t always be avoided, using safe, regular medications is the best way of achieving a normal life.

Here are a few things you can do to stay well:

Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking is the best way to help yourself if you have asthma, Smoke acts as an irritant and can trigger asthma attacks. It makes inhaled medicine less effective. As a result, you’re likely to need to take bigger doses of inhaled steroid medication.

If you have asthma and you smoke, your chances of developing conditions such as Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis increases. Your lungs are already inflamed, and cigarette smoke can have an even more powerful effect. Airborne “irritants” such as secondhand smoke can be a trigger too. It’s important for people with asthma to stay in a smoke-free environment. See your doctor or pharmacist for help on quitting smoking.

Avoid asthma triggers

Everyone’s asthma triggers are different. For some people, asthma is triggered by exposure to pet hair or fur; others by pollens, and others by non-allergic irritants, such as perfumes. If you’ve noticed a possible trigger for your asthma, it’s worth discussing it with your doctor or nurse at your next visit.

Regular exercise

Although exercise or physical activity can trigger an asthma attack, it shouldn’t happen once you have the appropriate treatment, such as inhalers. People with asthma should regularly exercise. Walking, swimming and cycling are all activities you can do as a lot of top athletes have asthma.

If you find that exercise gives you troublesome asthma symptoms, discuss this with your doctor. You may need more preventive asthma treatments. Sometimes, using your reliever inhaler 20 minutes before planned exercise helps to reduce symptoms that will follow.

Be in control

It’s good for people with asthma to be in control of their condition. Form a partnership with your doctor or asthma nurse. Make sure that you understand your condition, and that you have a personal action plan. Know what to do when things change. Sit down with your doctor or nurse and discuss your medication, and any changes to your dosage. This could prevent a crisis, such as having to call your doctor in an emergency. Everyone should have a check-up at least once a year.

Stay warm in cold weather

Cold air is a major trigger of asthma symptoms, such as wheezing and shortness of breath. Be especially careful in winter. Stay indoors on very cold, windy days. If you go out, wear a scarf over your nose and mouth. Be extra careful about taking your regular medications. Keep rescue inhalers close by and in a warm place.

Eat a healthy diet

Eating a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables with few additives may help with asthma in the long term. Obesity has an adverse impact on asthma, so people with asthma should try to stay at a healthy weight.

Take your shots

If you take inhaled or oral steroids to control your asthma, you will need flu and pneumonia vaccinations to reduce your chances of a serious respiratory illness. The flu and pneumonia shots are available free from your doctor. The pneumonia shot is a one-off shot that protects against certain types of pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis. You can have the flu and pneumonia shots at the same time.

Check your painkillers

If you have asthma and you take aspirin or other painkillers, there’s a very small chance that you’ll have a bad reaction to the medication. If this happens, stop taking the aspirin and seek advice from your doctor.

Mel

Mel

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
I always look forward to expressive my passions in life to others and helping people make lasting changes. I live a busy life like the rest of us with kids, work, and everything else that can get in the way. Making time for exercise, and making good decisions about what we eat can often be a challenge. We sometimes lack the motivation and momentum to make lasting changes in our lives. I've been fortunate enough to really get my life in order and have some simple strategies to help you do the same. Mel's favorite product is Garcinia Cambogia 1234
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