Asthma is not only life-threatening but also causes depression and anxiety. Being depressed will make your asthma worse. It is like a vicious cycle. To stop it, asthma sufferers need to know the symptoms and how to control Asthma.
Early Warning Signs
In general, asthma is a chronic lung disease. Suffers cannot breathe easily because their airways are inflamed. The muscles in the airways often tighten, making the swollen airways even narrower.
To prevent asthma, you should notice some early symptoms. Here are some common early warning signs:
- Shortness of breath
- Dark Circles under Eyes
- Itchy chin
- Chronic Cough
In some cases, these symptoms can be misleading. While breathing disorder could be asthma, it can be other dangerous diseases. To be sure, you need to consult your doctor. They can help you to identify your type of asthma, too.
Asthma Emergency Symptoms
You may risk your life if you do not take immediate actions with severe symptoms as below:
- Unable to finish a sentence
- Nasal gets bigger
- Walk with difficulty
- Breathe very slowly or very fast
- Get bigger nasal
- Have pale, gray, or blue lips
Tips to Control Asthma
Air-hungry affects every aspect of your life with its regular visit. Patients need to take steps to control asthma effectively.
1) Know your triggers
People with asthma can be sensitive to a lot of allergens such as fur, pollen, dust, mites. Some get seasonal asthma. Understanding what triggers is the first priority.
If you are not sure, consider taking allergy test- blood and skin test. When asthma comes to visit, you can find out its source with help of an expert. Then be alert not to contact with those triggers. For example, you should not raise a cat if you are allergic to its fur, although you are an animal-lover.
2) Avoid smoking and passive smoking
If you are a smoker contracting to asthma, you should give up smoking. This reduces the frequency and seriousness of your disease. Smoking can make asthma medication less effective. The good news is, quit smoking can bring far more benefits to your health.
Being a non-smoker is great, but not enough if you expose to smoke frequently. Second-hand smoking poses negative effects on your health, worsens your symptoms. You may advise your family members to quit smoking or choose a non-smoking area in a restaurant or public places.
3) Get an action plan
As there are various causes and signs of asthma, getting an action plan is vital. An action plan has all the information you need to stop asthma from getting in the way of your life. Looking at the checklists to know if you are at risk or not. Then you can take action accordingly.
Doctors can make adjustments to this plan if the old treatments do not work anymore. Bring it with you daily in case you need to find medical help or when you are in an emergency.
4) Follow your prescription
Fighting asthma is a long-term battle. Sadly, but true! So, do not skip the prevention medications even if you feel completely all right. Control your asthma every single day, not just on the day when asthma kicks in your life.
A good advice is to keep quick-relief asthma medicines with you. If your child has asthma, be sure he has emergency medications and an inhaler ready in his schoolbags.
5) Improve air quality.
A lot of studies also show the connection between air quality and asthma. Although air pollution does not cause asthma directly, it makes your sensitive breathing even worse.
The hot and humid atmosphere is another factor which exacerbates the symptoms of asthma. People cough and sneeze more during severe weather. So, take advantage of pleasant days to go out.
When you are indoors, a humidifier is very helpful to control the humid. To those who are allergic to pollen and dust, an air purifier can protect you from dangerous dust, mites, or pollens.
6) Let others know you have asthma
Don’t struggle with asthma alone. Seek for help from family members, relatives, teachers, or colleagues. Let them know the symptoms and what to do to assist you in an emergency.
Parents with asthma children need to discuss with their teachers beforehand. Do not be afraid to go in details. Tell teachers and caregivers what you expect from them. For example, check if their children take prevention medication or help their small child with the inhaler. Or physical teachers can select an appropriate task for him.
7) Do exercise properly
People with asthma are hesitant to exercise. They afraid that working out makes breathing even shorter. It is true to do exercise with care. However, regular exercise increases your immune system and boosts your mood. You are less likely to see the annoying guest- asthma when you are healthy.
Meditation is a highly recommended exercise. There are significant respiratory improvements in asthma-sufferers when they practice deep breathing. Meditation also relaxes your mind and body.
8) Make bedroom asthma-safe
Do you know that your relaxing bedroom can be an ideal place for asthma allergens? Change your mattress covers and wash them regularly with hot water (above 130 degrees F) to eliminate dust mites.
To prevent mold in your bedroom, use a dehumidifier to set up a suitable moisture. Humidity level should be under 50 percent. Higher humidity increases dust mites and roaches in the air.
Stuffed toys are children’s best friends but they are not asthma-friendly. Remove them from bedrooms and wash them as often as possible. Freeze them often to get rid of dust mites, too.
9) Be optimistic but well-prepared
Be positive but keep in mind that asthma can attack you anytime. You need to catch up with important information when you have to go traveling or move home. For example, take note where the nearest hospital is, who you can call for help, so on, when you are in a new place.
You cannot kick asthma out of your life completely. But these steps will bring you a happier life for sure!