People don't remember their first breath. It is a remarkable moment that gets lost in time; yet, for some, there is a monster lurking in the dark. This monster is asthma, and it tries to steal those precious breaths from you. The following four steps will help you take care of yourself.
1. Learn the Triggers
It is estimated that 25 million Americans are suffering from asthma, so you are not alone. This is a good thing because there is a plethora of information out there to help you, including common asthma triggers to watch for. Some of the most common triggers are dust, smoke, pet danger, pollen, mould, or cold air, just to name a few. You should try to avoid these triggers when you can or do your best to prepare. For example, if you have to go out in the cold, be sure to bundle up and consider wearing an infinity scarf.
2. Maintain Your Weight
One way to control asthma and its symptoms is to keep your weight under control. Asthma attacks a person more often and more severely when the person is obese. This tends to happen to overweight people because the body is forced to over-exert itself due to the extra weight, which can end up triggering an attack. This makes it imperative that you or your loved one try to lose weight to keep yourself safe from asthma. However, a lot of people with asthma might tend to avoid exercises—especially anything that has to do with cardio, but there are a lot of other types of exercises out there that won’t immediately send them into an asthma attack. For example, they can do yoga! A participant in this activity can pretty much go at their own pace and push themselves to their personal limit without causing asthmas issues.
3. Get Respiratory Therapy
You should also consider respiratory therapy. This is usually done by a professional who has gotten their bachelors in respiratory therapy online or at a physical institution. This type of therapy teaches asthma patients how to use medical devices correctly. A therapist will help expose additional triggers if there are any. You will receive guidance and education regarding your condition. You will also learn a few breathing exercises that may help you deal with an attack a little more effectively.
4. Track Your Progress
It might be a good idea to keep a log of your attacks in a journal or on an app on your smartphone. You can record how many times you have an attack per week or each day. You should also jot down how many times you use the inhaler. Tracking the attacks and symptoms will help your doctor see how well the issue is being controlled. If necessary, your doctor can adjust the medication.
This could be a debilitating problem, but it does not have to be. Making a few adjustments to your life might help the condition. You have the power to regain control of each breath that you take.
Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake. Follow her on Twitter for her latest articles!