Whether you have asthma yourself or someone in your family or close to you suffers from the problem, these practical tips to live with asthma may well help you or your friend/family member manage their condition better.
Though asthma can be limiting, with some effective management and control techniques, it is possible to live a near normal life for asthmatics as well.
- Get together with the consulting doctor to devise an asthma management plan that will help make environmental changes and lifestyle adjustments that help to reduce asthma triggers.
- Also consult with the doctor and decide what the best asthma medication for the severity of the given condition is, so the symptoms are most effectively managed.What to do in an asthma emergency is something else that should be discussed and decided upon with the doctor.
- Correct use of inhalers is crucial. Though it is rather like stating the obvious, one must learn to use their inhaler correctly to get the most and instant benefit, particularly a metered dose inhaler. Also use a spacer; many asthmatics recommend its use.
- While a doctor will be able to help you a bit with this, it has to be done mostly by the asthmatics themselves and the people around them – identifying triggers.
If required keep a journal to note down the circumstances of an asthma attack including possiblepsychological triggers so that you actually know your asthma better.
Once asthma triggers are identified, develop effective strategies to avoid them.
- Have an asthma action plan to help indentify if the condition of the asthma is getting worse or is becoming difficult to manage. Take note of peak flow meter readings and also pay attention to symptoms to indentify this.
- Don’t ignore signs such as more severe or more frequent attacks, or missed days of work or school. Don’t ignore the fact that response to medication isn’t as good as it used to be or that the inhaler is being used more often than before.
These are signs of a condition worsening or inadequately managed asthma and one should do all that is required to keep the condition from getting out of hand.
- If allergies are a problem along with the asthma, use tools such as a humidifier. Keep doors and windows closed to keep pollen out. Nasal sprays, or nasal/sinus washes can also be very useful at managing this combination of conditions.