Top 10 Ways To Treat Asthma
Who likes asthma raise your hand… That’s what I thought. Nobody. Nobody likes having to deal with wheezing, not being able to breath, carrying around an inhaler, not being able to really participate in sports etc.
I have asthma and trust me I hate it, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not there and it shouldn’t be treated.
So here are the top 10 ways to treat asthma so you don’t have to deal with that embarrassing, “Where’s my inhaler?” moment.
1. Get an Inhaler
Inhalers, although sometimes embarrassing, save lives. Make sure you talk to your doctor to see what the best inhaler for you would be, but here’s a list of some of the leading inhalers out there today. I’ve personally been in situations where if I didn’t have an inhaler I would’ve been in super big trouble and I don’t want anything like that to happen to you.
2. Pace Yourself
I know you want to jog super hard, be up next for the basketball game, and do 5K marathons, but make sure when you are doing a lot of extraneous activities that you pace yourself as to not over exert yourself. A good tip from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is to
3. Have an Asthma Action Plan
An asthma action plan is a plan that has information and instructions on how to treat your asthma, such as what medicines you use, in certain situations such as your breathing going from great, to good, to bad, and worse and what to do at each level. It’s a handy thing to have especially if you have children with asthma and they are left with a babysitter or family member who isn’t as knowledgeable about their asthma as you.
You can download an Asthma Action Plan Here
4. Avoid Asthma Triggers
Asthma triggers are simply things that trigger your asthma. You want to make sure you avoid these triggers to a certain extent so you are not constantly having asthma hiccups. Common asthma triggers are
For a more detailed list visit this website.
5. Do Breathing Exercises
According to Health Central, people with asthma tend to breath faster than others and often are mouth breathers rather than nose inhalers. This means that if you take some time to slow down your breathing you will help your lungs circulate air better and reduce asthma flare ups. Try finding a nice quiet space and breath from your diaphragm slowly for about 5 minutes a day. Not only will you feel more relaxed but your asthma is less likely to bother you. For a list of breathing exercising go here.
6. Give an Inhaler to a Close Friend or Family Member
We forget things all the time and the last thing you want to be without in case of an emergency is your inhaler. A good way to make sure you got it even if you don’t have it is to give your friends and family an inhaler and have them keep it somewhere like in their car glove box or purse so that you're much more likely to be able to receive potentially life saving treatment at all times and places.
7. Get Vaccinated
I know there is a lot of controversy around being vaccinated these days but asthma increases the chances for you to get certain preventable diseases such as the flu. If you get vaccinated, it decreases the chances you will get these diseases which can also serve as a trigger for your asthma in the first place.
8. Track Your Symptoms
Make sure to write down what makes your asthma specifically start to flare up. Is it every time you walk past that one bush? Is it only when you play sports? Knowing your own symptoms and causes will help you to avoid things in your life that will have a negative effect on your asthma and overall make you healthier in the long run.
9. Try Acupuncture
According to VeryWell health some studies have shown that acupuncture has helped with asthma treatment. Acupuncture involves the stimulation of certain points on the body, often with needles or electrodes, to gain a therapeutic effect. This is one of the most common complementary procedures with millions of American participating each year for a number of different indications.
Use with caution as this can have some side effects, but if you are looking for an alternative way to treat your asthma it may be worth a try.
I know it sounds crazy, but don’t take my word for it. According to healthline.com hypnosis is an alternative way to treat asthma. Who knew?
Hypnosis has been used clinically to treat a variety of disorders that are refractive to pharmaceutical-based therapies, including asthma, but relatively little attention has been given recently to the use of clinical hypnosis as a standard treatment for asthma.
Significant data suggest that hypnosis may be an effective treatment for asthma, but it is premature to conclude that hypnosis is unequivocally effective. Studies conducted to date have consistently demonstrated an effect of hypnosis with asthma. More and larger randomized, controlled studies are needed.
Existing data suggests that hypnosis efficacy is enhanced in subjects who are susceptible to the treatment modality, with experienced investigators, when administered over several sessions, and when reinforced by patient auto hypnosis. Children in particular appear to respond well to hypnosis as a tool for improving asthma symptoms.
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