When you have asthma, it can be very scary. You can have trouble breathing, and have serious coughing attacks very often. Here are some tips to help you learn to deal with your asthma better. The more knowledge you have, the better you will be able to prevent an attack.
It is important that you know what triggers your asthma symptoms. It may be wise to keep an asthma diary so you can see a pattern of when and where your asthma attacks happen. By knowing what triggers attacks, you will know what to avoid or stay away from as much as possible.
Asthmatics should not smoke. If you smoke – quit immediately. Smoking is horrible for people, it is really bad if asthma becomes worse and blocks oxygen to your body, you need oxygen to work and stave off asthma.
Beware of certain medications like aspirin and penicillin if you suffer from asthma. These medications can actually worsen your asthma symptoms or trigger an attacks. Try to use substitutions such as paracetamol when you have a headache, or you are in pain, and be sure to ask your doctor what medications are safer to take.
If you get a bad cough that isn’t clearing up, ask your doctor if it could be related to your asthma. Asthma can trigger both coughs and bronchitis. The treatment for asthma trigger bronchitis is different from the treatment for a normal cough, and finding out if asthma is part of the issue will help you get relief for your cough quickly.
During a mild to moderate attack, force all of the air out of your lungs. When you breathe out, exhale the air quickly and as hard as you can. Really expel the air from your lungs! Follow this by breathing in three times quickly, and a fourth time deeply to ensure your lungs are filled to capacity, then exhale again as forcefully as possible. This creates a rhythm to your breathing, making you pay attention to the breaths you take. It pushes air from your lungs so you can breathe more in. You might cough or produce sputum, but that is fine; you are trying to get breathing under control again.
While exercising, to avoid an attack or to overcome a mild attack take these two steps. Step One: thrust all of the air out of your lungs, really force it. Step Two: create an “O” shape with your lips, almost like you are about to whistle, but not that narrow, then forcibly suck air back into your lungs until you are comfortably filled with air. Repeat these steps as long as you are exercising and are worried about an attack. The breathing creates a rhythm so that you are aware of your breathing. It also causes you to mildly hyperventilate, pumping more oxygen into your bloodstream.
You know how scary it is when you have asthma and you are having trouble breathing. The more panicked you get, the harder it will be to breath normally. Use this article as a reference and learn it so you will know what to do next time you are having asthma trouble.