What is asthma? How to prevent asthma?

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An asthma attack leads to breathing difficulties. It blocks and inflames the airways to the lungs. An asthma attack can be very severe and last for a short period or can be chronic and last for many days. Timely care is very important to prevent further complications due to asthma.

What is asthma?

Asthma is a respiratory disease that affects the airways. Asthma inflames and narrows the airways through which air reaches the lungs. This triggers asthma symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest and cough.

The best way to prevent asthma is to avoid exposing yourself to sources that act as asthma triggers.

How to prevent asthma?

Exposure to dust can trigger asthma symptoms. Vacuuming thoroughly removes all the dust from the floor and from nooks and corners.

Vacuum mattresses and sofas to remove any dust mites that may be present.

Use allergy-proof pillow and mattress covers that help to prevents allergic reactions, this will prevent the onset of an asthma attack.

Wash bed and pillow covers regularly to keep them free of any dirt, germs and dust mites that can trigger asthma symptoms.

Keep pets outside your home. Hair from pets can trigger an asthma attack.

Mold acts as a trigger for asthma. Keep your bathrooms clean, dry and free of mold.

Smoking cigarettes can trigger asthma, do not smoke. Being around people who smoke can also trigger an asthma attack.

Avoid using strong household cleaning agents. Inhaling fumes from strong cleaning agents can trigger asthma.

If you have seasonal allergies then ask your doctor if you can take medication to ease the allergy symptoms.

If you react badly to a certain type of food note it down in a book and avoid eating that again. Certain types of foods trigger off allergies and lead to asthma attacks.

Asthma can be triggered by high counts of pollen in the air. Avoid going outside on a windy day, as wind can easily transport huge amounts of pollen.

Keep your medication in hand all the time so that you can quickly take them in the case of an asthma attack.

Monitor your condition regularly and keep in touch with your doctor. Inform people at home and at work about your condition and tell them what to do in case of an emergency. Inform the school clinic if your child has asthma.

Doctors sometimes prescribe reliever inhalers to take before exercising. This will prevent asthma during an exercise session.

Paint fumes can trigger asthma. Wear a good breathing mask that will filter out the fumes.

Wear a breathing mask when you clean your house. This will help to prevent dust from entering the airways to the lungs.

Use a damp cloth to wipe off dust from surfaces in your home. Using a feather duster will spread the dust into the surrounding air.

In winter wear warm clothes. Cold air can trigger a severe asthma attack.

A flu-shot every year will help to prevent asthma attacks.

Use a humidifier to prevent an asthma attack

Humidifiers help to release moisture into the air and prevent the onset of an asthma attack. According to “Mayoclinic.com” breathing air that is dry and cold can trigger off an asthma attack. Using humidifiers helps to keep the air moist. Place the humidifier away from curtains and carpets.

Check to see if the carpet or the floor near the humidifier is damp. Dampness encourages the growth of mold and bacteria, this makes breathing all the more difficult.

Air filters and purifiers also help to prevent asthma. They help to clean and purify the air and eliminate asthma triggers such as pollen, mold spores, dust, tobacco smoke. Remember to clean the filters regularly.

Stress can trigger asthma symptoms. Sleep well and learn to relax to prevent asthma.

If you are a smoker quit smoking. Remember to take your medication regularly. Keep your inhaler where you can easily reach it. Prevention is better than cure.

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References
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air-n-water.com
asthma.org.uk


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Hi!! My name is Mrs. Nithya Venkat. Writing is my passion, nature my inspiration. I write about topics that interest me.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
26th Jan 2014 (#)

Interesting post and thank you for sharing it with the forum!

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
26th Jan 2014 (#)

Very informative and interesting vellur . Thank you for sharing
God bless you
Stella

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author avatar vellur
27th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Mark Gordon Brown for the moderation.

Fern Mc Costigan thank you.

Stella Mitchell thank you.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
28th Feb 2014 (#)

very helpful...thanks vellur...

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author avatar vellur
28th Feb 2014 (#)

Delicia Powers thank you.

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