In trying to manage asthma, its important to ask help from a doctor. However, you need to understand that self help is an important part in helping yourself recover. Your doctor can only prescribe you with the medication that can help treat your asthma. And yet the most important part of treating it, which is taking good care of yourself and keeping your asthma under control, is something that only you can do, with the help of your family or the people around you. In this article, youll learn some self help techniques to help you experience asthma relief, and to prevent it from restricting you with your day to day activities.
Its important to always remember to take your medication as instructed by your doctor. Even if you think that youre already feeling better, that is still not a reason why you would stop taking the medicines that are prescribed to you. Also, you need to follow all of the self-help tips offered by your healthcare provider about how you can manage your asthma. If your doctor has asked you to measure your peak flow, which is an important part of preventing an asthma attack, make sure that you follow carefully.
One of the things you can do to help you experience relief from asthma is to avoid the factors that can trigger it, which include cigarette smoke and dust. If you smoke, its important that you quit. If there are others in your family who are also suffering from asthma, this can also affect them. Furthermore, make sure to keep your house clean using the right cleaning tools. Wash and disinfect your bathroom and floor regularly. And if possible, keep it free from dust. If not, do your best to at least keep the dust to a minimum. One thing you can do to is to remove the dust collecting items in your house, such as the carpets, curtains, stuffed animals, books and magazines. If you cant remove them, be sure to clean them regularly by using a canister vacuum cleaner with special filters.
In addition to keeping your house clean and dust-free, see to it that you dry your wet laundry as soon as possible. Mold can easily grow on wet clothes. Avoid hanging your wet clothes indoors, as this can lead to an increased moisture level in your house, which can then lead to dust mite growth.
Another factor that can trigger asthma is the cold air. During the cold winter months, its important that you always keep yourself warm. Before going outside, make sure to wear warm clothes, and a scarf to cover your mouth and nose.
Avoid consuming drinks or foods that you may be allergic to. Allergies can trigger asthma attacks as well.
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Studies show that mindfulness based interventions are effective in reducing the symptoms of asthma and other illnesses caused by inflammation. To learn more about mindfulness exercises and other interventions that use mindfulness strategies, its helpful to talk to a therapist or a mindfulness coach about it.