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Remedies for asthma

Asthma is a chronic condition that causes inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial tubes and the passageway of the air that enters and leave the lungs. Those who have asthma and end up exposed to the elements that changes their regular breathing patterns can cause the symptoms to worsen.

Asthma that is not properly treated begins with mild symptoms such as coughing or wheezing and eventually an asthma attack. This condition can cause difficulty breathing that deprives the body of oxygen.

Symptoms of asthma

  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
    Asthma

    Asthma that is not properly treated begins with mild symptoms such as coughing or wheezing and eventually an asthma attack.

  • Tightness of the chest
  • Wheezing which is a squeaky or whistling sound that can be heard in the chest especially when exhaling

Causes

  • Taking certain medications and additives
  • Outdoor allergens such as pollen from trees, weeds and grasses
  • Indoor allergens such as dust mites, pet dander and mold
  • Stress
  • Irritants present in the air such as chemical fumes, smoke and strong odor
  • Common cold, flu and other illnesses
  • Exercises
  • Cold air or very hot, wet and windy weather

Treatment

  • Use a short-acting bronchodilator inhaler which is a short-acting beta-2 agonist that opens up the airways. This short-acting inhaler also relieve wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath and tightness of the chest.
  • Take the prescribed oral medications to minimize the symptoms of asthma. It relaxes the muscles around the airways for easy breathing. Take the prescribed medication to treat severe symptoms of asthma and should be taken when needed.
  • Perform regular exercises and maintain a healthy weight to strengthen the lungs and lessen the pressure felt when there is difficulty breathing. Regular exercises such as taking a walk during lunch break at least 15-20 minutes and engage in continuous, moderate activities every day.
  • Eat a diet that includes well-balanced foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Use an air conditioner to lessen the humidity and clean the air inside a room. Clean the filters and furnace regularly. Maintain the cleanliness of a room to lessen the presence of allergens to prevent cough.
  • Wear a face mask or cover the mouth using a clean scarf if the cold and dry air makes the asthma becoming worse.
  • Avoid being stressed and remain calm. Asthma can cause episodes of coughing that can last for a few seconds even for several minutes that can make the person anxious and fearful. Breathe deeply or drink some water to minimize coughing. Perform some breathing exercises such as yoga and meditation to prevent becoming stressed.
  • Drink plenty of water regularly to keep the bronchial tubes moist.

Disclaimer / More Information

The material posted on this page on asthma is for learning purposes only. Learn to recognize and manage asthma properly by taking a first aid and CPR class with one of our training providers.

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