Ensure your house is clean and tidy. Make sure you wash your bedding often. This will eradicate dust mites, which can cause asthma attacks. When dust builds up, the air becomes more and more irritating to asthma sufferers and increases the likelihood of an attack.
Be sure you understand how to use your asthma medication, especially emergency medication. A typical asthma treatment plan is daily medication backed up with an emergency inhaler. Asthma is a lifelong condition; you should correctly take your regular medication and use your rescue medication only as needed.
If you frequently use your inhaler (more than two to three times per week), you should talk to your doctor about alternative methods of treatment or a different prescription. If you need to use your inhaler that often, the medicine in it isn’t working as well as it should. This also applies to anyone who needs to refill their inhaler more than two times in a single year.
A humid home will cause mold or mildew to appear. These substances are prime triggers for asthma attacks. You should do your best to maintain a dry home. Whenever you use a heater, you should use a dehumidifier, and air conditioning will help in the summer.
You may want to use a leukotriene inhibitor if your asthma is being particularly problematic. A leukotriene inhibitor stops the release of a chemical that causes the inflammation that is responsible for some asthma attacks. A leukotriene will cause inflammation in the respiratory system, causing an asthma attack. This inhibitor can prevent leukotrienes, which makes you less likely to have an asthma attack.
If you suffer from asthma, don’t smoke or expose yourself to smoke, fumes or vapors. Stay away from jobs that would expose you to toxic or heavy vapors, and refrain from any tobacco use. Asthma is sometimes caused by genetics, and sometimes by environmental causes. If you have a family member with asthma, watch your children and yourself for asthma symptoms. You should try to prevent yourself and your children from being exposed to potentially hazardous environmental elements that can trigger asthma attacks, such as smoke, pollution, dust and mold spores.
Be prepared for your asthma treatment to be increased if you have a cold or hay fever. Adjusting your medication may be necessary to manage the symptoms of these and other illnesses. Your doctor may prescribe a new medicine or change the dose of your existing medication until the hay fever or cold passes. Consider consulting a social worker if your asthma medication is not covered by an insurance policy. Asthma medications are a necessity, and a social worker can help you find an affordable way to keep your prescriptions current.
If you use any more than four kinds of cleaning product around your home, then the risk of an asthma attack is increased. Organic products are preferable to more chemically loaded, commercially produced cleaning products.
Asthma sufferers should take care to warm up before doing and strenuous exercise and cool down well afterwards. Being vigilant about warm-ups and cool-downs greatly lowers the probability that you will suffer an asthma attack in the course of exercising.
During an attack that isn’t severe, force all air from your lungs. Breathe out fast and hard. Push that air from your lungs with all that you’ve got! Take three short breaths, and then take a fourth, deeper breath to fill your lungs comfortably; then, breathe out with force again. This gives your breathing a rhythm and makes you focus on your breathing. In addition, it repeatedly empties your lungs of air, so that you can draw in more oxygen-rich air. You might cough or produce sputum, but that is fine; you are trying to get breathing under control again.