Asthma, a chronic condition of the lung airways, is a nightmare in many lives. From acute wheezing to severe breathlessness, if not managed well, it can severely affect the daily activities of the person suffering from it. Life with asthma also depends a lot on “triggers” which intensifies the severity of the condition. Many times, the patient even fails to identify a few of the triggers and constantly gets exposure to that leading to further deterioration of the condition.
If you or someone in your family is a victim of this chronic condition, then make sure you avoid doing the below things.
Exposure to irritants: Your irritants can come from the AC you use, the pillow or mattress you sleep on, the floor covering you walk on, or the closet you open frequently. Avoid having too much of fabrics in your room that attracts dust, pollens, and particles that can irritate you. Always sleep on your bed or carry a bedsheet if you need to sleep on a new bed.
Extensive exercising: Exercise is always recommended but in asthma patients only mild exercise is recommended that too guided by a doctor. Usually, yoga and brisk walking is best advised for them. For children suffering from asthma, encourage sports activities and ensure a warm-up and cool-down period before and after the activity. If physical activity is causing any problem, then seek doctor’s advice immediately.
Smoking: Do not smoke. Also, do not allow others to smoke in your house or car. In restaurants or outdoor, always prefer to sit in no-smoking area. Smoke or its odour can trigger your symptoms.
Problem causing food: Food plays a major role in your health, especially if you are suffering from asthma. You are the best one to identify as what triggers your problem. However, a few common irritating food stuffs include milk, eggs, peanuts, soy, and fish. Others who are sensitive to cold and get cough problems should avoid refrigerated stuffs, ice-creams, cold drinks, cakes, and pastries.
Strong perfumes and odours: Avoid things with strong smell like perfume, deodorants, room fresheners, car fresheners, cleaning products, fresh paint, or insect repellents.
Apart from taking all the precautions and refraining from triggers, you must keep on following up with your doctor. Keep the inhalers and asthma medications handy. If you are going out, make sure you have the meds with you because even smoke, dust, or outside food can trigger your problem anytime. Keep stock of the medicines at home so that you never run out of them. You can order medicines online and get delivered at your doorstep to never miss even a single dose.