You have just been diagnosed with asthma, and you are panicking. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for asthma. However, your life does not have to come to an end upon being told you have asthma. This guide will give you a few ways on how you can manage asthma effectively and safely.
If you suffer from asthma, don’t smoke or expose yourself to smoke, fumes or vapors. Stay far away from any tobacco products. You should also consider where you work, as factories may expose you to harmful vapors or smoke.
Exhale as hard as you can during an asthma attack. If you can’t breathe at all, go to the hospital; however, controlling your exhalation rate can sometimes help stop a less severe attack. Blow your breath out as hard and fast as you can. Really force that air out of your lungs! Take three breaths in succession. These breaths don’t have to be deep, just breathe a little. Then take a deep breath, pulling as much air as possible into your lungs. When your lungs are as full as you can stand, force the air out. This will create a rhythm and will help you be aware of the way you are breathing. This technique also forces the air from your lungs to enable more air to come in. You might start coughing, and some sputum may come up, but this is no problem and your focus is to get back into a relaxed, rythmic breathing pattern again.
An annual flu vaccination is recommended for you as well as other members of your family. If you suffer from asthma, it is best to avoid respiratory infections of any type as much as possible. This means you should also be sure to wash your hands frequently and get vaccinated.
Vitamins C and E can greatly assist you in fighting asthma attacks. These vitamins help reduce asthma flare-ups by improving lung function. You are able to get these vitamins either from food or a supplement. These vitamins will also help prevent illnesses by boosting your body’s immune system.
Asthma is a dangerous disease – never ignore the symptoms. You need to do everything you can to prevent the symptoms from occurring, and seek help from a doctor if you feel that you can no longer control the symptoms on your own. Let the above advice help you to minimize the effects of asthma on your day-to-day life.