Asthma refers to a respiratory condition characterized by spasms in lung bronchi that causes difficulty in breathing in general. It mainly results from hypersensitivity and allergic reactions, which qualifies it as a chronic disease. Difficulty in breathing begins when airways are inflamed, or when swelling and tightening of muscles is triggered by stimuli. It makes it quite difficult for passage of air in and out of the lungs.
Experienced and otherwise healthy Asthma patients time the symptoms in relation to physical activity. For others, management is a difficult and stressing activity due to the untimeliness of attacks. This article aims at aiding and educating patients on how to manage the disease with ease.
How to manage allergic asthma
Be aware of your triggers
To avoid triggering allergic asthma, you first have to have an insight of what they are. Get your blood, and skin tested for allergic reactions. Specialists in pulmonary infections advice keeping a diary or notebook to note down the where and when an attack occurred and activity you involved yourself in. Once you learn about your triggers, is when you can now take steps toward avoiding exposure.
Kick out Dust mites
Studies have proven time, and again that dust mites hold the first position as indoor asthma allergens. This is according to a survey by AAAI. To minimize these little triggers especially in the bedroom, ensure you use dust-proof covers preferably zipped for your beddings. Make sure to wash your beddings at least once or twice in a week using hot water ensuring its above one hundred and thirty degrees Fahrenheit, also use dehumidifiers to aid in the reduction of excess moisture that prompts growth of mold.
Check your cats and dogs
Dander produced by pets (with or without fur) is a big trigger for attacks on allergic asthma patients. Note that not all people with asthma could be affected by pets, also trying to restrict pets from the bedroom also doesn’t warrant you from getting an attack since this won’t be enough. The protein contained in your pet’s dander could stick to your clothes and still affect you anywhere you go. Remember it can also be spread using air as an agent. If you find it difficult parting with a pet, at least take the initiative in reducing the number of locations where allergens could be housed. Note to use furnishings over fabric for easier cleaning.
Constantly check for air quality changes
Make it a ritual to each morning to check your local air index report. You will find forecasts in news programs, newspapers or from a local website. This will help you condition and schedule activities in line with the management of your condition. If you never smoke, people in your surrounding that do maybe a big problem for you. A patient cannot afford to be a passive smoker since it affects him/her either way. Same applies to aerosols (deodorants and strong perfumes) since they are also irritants and should be avoided at all costs.
Follow physician’s orders
Your local or trusted physician may give you different medication either for quick relief or for long-term use. In many cases, many patients think it’s harmless to skip medication if they don’t feel irritable and this is dangerous for their health. Patients have to understand that a chronic disease ids long-term and if you have one, it means you carry it with you every day of your life. This means management and control should be an overlooked activity.