Asthma affects all kinds of people and once acquired, will stay for life. However, there are things you can do in order to live normally even though you have asthma.
02. Learn all you can about your condition. Research on vital information regarding asthma such as the following: symptoms of asthma, effects and complications of the disease, what triggers it, who are susceptible in acquiring it, what treatments are available and where you could get treatments. You could read about it in the Internet in online articles and encyclopedias. Read books in the library under the health section or ask your doctor or health care providers about good sources of information where you could study asthma more.
03. Put out the cigarettes. Countless studies have shown that inhalation of cigarette smoke can have a pronounced effect on the development of asthma complications and the severity of symptoms and attacks.
04. Perform regular exercise. Physical activity increases the strength of your heart and lungs, and even increases your lung capacity. This will help you live a healthier lifestyle as you manage your condition.
05. Modify your habits and routines. Avoid getting in contact with allergens and irritants as much as possible. Stay away from places where there is air pollution or allergens such as pollen, smoke, dust and dander. If you are smoking, stop your habit in order to save your lungs. If you are in the presence of smokers, stay away from them or ask them to smoke somewhere else. Doing so may greatly reduce your chances of having asthma attacks, which would save your health and eliminate medical costs resulting from hospitalization and medication.
06. Avoid situations in which you might be exposed to asthma-inducing allergens, especially if you have a case of asthma that is triggered by your allergic reaction to an external irritant. Called “extrinsic asthma,” this is the most common form of the disorder that sufferers live with.
07. Keep your indoor air clean and well circulated. This will reduce the amount of allergens and airborne particles you will inhale, and it will in turn facilitate less labored breathing. You can help improve airflow by running your air conditioner and home ventilating system, as well as by opening up your windows.
08. Go to your doctor when you are experiencing asthma attacks. Letting your doctor know what is happening to your health allows him to recommend to you the proper medications and treatments to give you, as well as steps you could take in order to prevent another asthma attack in the future.
09. Try to keep humidity levels in the home between 30 and 50 percent. High humidity can promote growth of biological agents that may trigger asthma episodes. Use exhaust fans or open windows in the kitchen or bathroom areas when cooking, using the dishwasher, or taking showers. Make sure clothes dryers are vented to the outdoors, and use a dehumidifier in the basement if necessary.
10. Avoid sprays like deodorants, perfumes, or air fresheners, odours from paint.