Health Coping with Asthma
Everyone’s asthma is different, and you are the expert on your asthma. From a personal perspective, I have worked out my Asthma triggers and the best way to try and avoid them. Asthma attacks can be triggered by exposure to smoke, pollen, dust, mites strong odours. I find when the weather changes, I get flare-ups, and it makes me worse.
Colds and chest infections are a nightmare with asthma as it’s extra inflammation and coughing, which can lead to Pleurisy and Pneumonia, which wipes you off your feet as hospital treatment is usually needed and antibiotics. Try to avoid stressful situations so you don’t bring on attacks as strong emotions and asthma are often come together. Having regular Lung function tests monitors how well your medications are working by testing your lung function regularly. I must say I don’t like having the lung function test as you sit in a clear plastic box.
You have to wear a nose clip and breathe through your mouth in and out of a unique mouthpiece. The test only takes 30 minutes and is entirely painless. It’s just the tiny enclosure that gives me slight anxiety. These tests are vital as they can be a first step towards breathing easier and making sure you are on the correct medications.
The best tip I have for the cold weather and going outside is always have a scarf wrapped around yourself and loosely over the nose and mouth as cold air can trigger attacks. I always try to find a positive out of a negative, and I deal with living with asthma in the best possible way. Below are some tips on keeping healthy with asthma.
Stay away from all smoke.
Activity helps you stay a healthy weight, in turn cutting down your risk of an asthma attack.
Raising your heart rate regularly boosts your lung function, increasing stamina and reducing.
Yoga can help with asthma as you learn different breathing techniques.
Use dust mite covers on mattresses and pillows to prevent them from getting into pillows.
These mites are invisible to the naked eye but are present in dust, triggering an allergic reaction.
If you do feel a cold coming on, I swear to take Honey as it has antimicrobial properties which can
Help fight some bacteria and viruses. Just stir some honey into hot water and drink.
Learning to have a positive mindset can improve your ability to manage your asthma also.
You can practise diaphragmatic breathing, lie on your back with your knees bent, and a pillow under your knees, or sit up straight in a chair if more comfortable. Place one hand flat on your upper chest and the other hand on your stomach.
Breath in slowly through your nose.
Steam therapy, or steam inhalation, involves water vapour to open up the airways and helps the lungs drain mucus.
When it comes to your health, what you put into your body goes a long way. That’s no different with your lungs. Try adding Garlic as it has anti-inflammatory properties and reduces damage caused by free radicals. Try adding more leafy greens to your diet to support overall lung health.
I went through a craze of when the wheezing was worst at night and removing all the bedding I had and getting hypoallergenic bedding to see if this helps remove all clutter from the bedroom, so lowering the dust build-up. You have nothing to lose but trying something new to see if it gives you a little more relief.