Asthma and lifestyle: easy tips to make your life better!

Asthma treatment involves not only drug therapy, but also adherence to an anti-allergic regimen and diet, maintaining healthy habits, eating vitamins, physical activity, following some medical recommendations and rules, which will reduce the need for emergency drugs and anti-inflammatory therapy.

Asthma is not compatible with smoking

Whatever the cause of an asthma attack may be, and whatever the cause of the disease in the first place, it is clear that there are factors that can both worsen attacks and make the more frequent. As this is a breathing condition, it is obvious that cigarette smoking is going to make it considerably worse. All asthma sufferers are advised to quit smoking, but for many, it is not that easy. It is critical to keep trying and never give up on the goal of becoming smoke-free, as it is critical to successfully controlling the condition. Also, try to avoid becoming overweight as this increases pressure on the breathing.

Anything which affects the breathing, for example, thick smoke, could make a bronchial asthma attack worse. Among the top focal points in treating bronchial asthma would be to make certain the individual quits smoking. Often special help with this is needed – for example, hypnosis might be a very good idea if there have been not successful tries to quit previously. Also avoid places where others habitually smoke, particularly if there’s poor ventilation.

Avoid excessive consumption of drugs

Asthma can be successfully managed in the vast majority of patients, although some will need stronger drugs than others. Finding the right level is critical for the successful long term control of the condition, as excessive drug intake can aggravate the immune system and make the general health of the patient worse. It is also important to avoid stress, either physical or psychological. The exercise which is normally healthy for the body can be detrimental to an asthma sufferer, and can even bring on an attack.

An asthma attack is never going to be a pleasant experience, but with the right long term plan, it can be a lot easier to manage. Look after the body well, and don’t put an excessive strain upon it. Only use as strong a drug as is necessary to keep the condition under control, and avoid contact with any pollutant or irritant which you know can aggravate the condition. This should lessen both the severity and frequency of attacks, and when those attacks do occur they can be successfully managed with a reliever inhaler. This combination should ensure that you never again fear an asthma attack.

An effective action plan will help you to live a normal life in spite of asthma. Try the tips to make your own asthma management plan.

Take the consultation from your physician

Learn from your doctor what the best ways to control and prevent asthma are. Bronchodilators and steroids are the common medication used for controlling asthma. Learn from your doctor, which the best medication in your case is. Also, avoid triggers. Learn the preventive steps when you are feeling that an attack is coming. Do not make the mistake of abandoning the asthma management tools like daily preventive medicines and peak flow meters if you go fine for a continuous span of time. Also, go for regular lung check-up. Thus learn how to win over asthma and do not let it dominate over your life.

Proper nutrition

“You are not sick with asthma, you are just too fat!”. Are you sure this advertising slogan exaggerates the role of nutrition in asthma? You will be shocked when you find out that some food can kill you.

Allergic food asthma is simple to treat; in most cases, you avoid the foods you are allergic to. (Don’t eat them). This may require that you start actively reading food labels because many processed foods contain hidden ingredients. Other foods may be processed in manufacturing plants that also manufacture the foods you are sensitive to. If you have severe allergies, you may have to limit your food selections to organic foods handled and processed under very controlled environments.

The good news is because allergies are so much more common these days, you can usually easily find stores carrying special lines of food products geared toward individuals with multiple food sensitivities.

Top tips from asthma specialists:

Avoid excess weight.

– Dust the furniture with a damp cloth and whenever possible use the vacuum cleaner.

– Ventilate the house often.

– Do not use fluffy clothes.

– Avoid clothes and facts that have remained stored for a long time.

– Avoid dusty rooms in meetings, visits to antique shops.

– Do not mess around with old stuff, especially old books.

– If you use heating, humidify the air first.

– Avoid open fires.

– Avoid contact with domestic animals in confined spaces, especially in cases of suspected sensitivity to these animals.

– Avoid contact with dyes and preservatives.

– Avoid mold indoors.

– Avoid irritants, strong odors (varnish, paint), car exhaust, fumes and perfumes of any kind.

– Avoid sudden temperature changes.

– Treat and quickly correct any infectious foci.

– Make a normal life without excesses, playing, running, jumping rope and playing ball.

– Live your life as physically active as possible, with a preference for swimming in a heated pool, especially during the winter.

– Make daily breathing exercises, such as playing a wind instrument (flute), make balls of soap; candles delete or repeat respiratory gymnastic exercises.

Gain control over your environment

Keep your home clean and dust-free. Take extra care to break molds and mildews. Also, avoid pets. Passive smoking may lead to inflammation of air passage, so try to keep away from the smokes breathed out by a smoker.

If you are badly suffering from an asthma attack, then you must never think about scuba diving. They might risk your life because they trigger all the factors for asthma cause. Asthma patients not only get affected by scuba diving but also get affected when they get engaged in the underwater breathing system. Intake of chill breeze and cool air is awful for asthmatic patients. Diving gas will be basically dry and while released via small and tiny valve they cause chill effects. By doing so, the diver will inhale chill and dry air that is unquestionably dangerous for individuals suffering from an asthma attack. Hard physical activities and other exercises like swimming will create breathlessness and moreover they sign with asthma attacks. Accidental inhalant of salty water will also result in cough, and they make the airways to become narrow and finally cause irritation.

Also, the stress is given while diving will make the diver experience the sign for an asthma attack. Are you able to imagine a person suffering from asthma attacks underwater? It is really tedious and unimaginable. While the diver gives their force to reach the land surface, the effect of asthma will block the lung area and finally, the air inside will never find any mode to escape. Thus, individuals with asthma attacks are at high risk to barotraumas, while they attempt to scuba diving. Asthma and scuba diving are closely connected, and they should be dealt with carefully. In case, if they aren’t treated with good care, the person might even risk death.

Just remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.    With proper planning, you can whack an asthma attack before it whacks you.


This article is written by Carl Lawyer, M.D. pulmonology and sleep medicine specialist, a general practitioner who provides a wide range of services for the treatment of lung diseases and sleep disorders. Dr. Carl Lawyer graduated from medical school at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, Colorado. He is available for inpatient and outpatient consultation on a variety of pulmonary-related issues, including acute and chronic respiratory failure, asthma, lung cancer, and COPD.

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