Asthma can be a life-altering disease which can be difficult, frustrating and challenging to live with. Whether it is you, a partner or your child that suffers with this lifelong inflammatory disease of the airways of the lungs, there are always steps that you can take to make managing asthma much easier. These are important as the symptoms (wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath) are not only difficult to live with, but it is a disease that can lead to death. Unfortunately, there is no cure for asthma, but you can make life easier and safer with the following tips:

Identify Triggers

One of the most important steps to take is to identify what factors trigger the symptoms to get worse. These will depend on the person, but the most common triggers are dust, pets, mold, air pollution and cigarette smoke. Once you have identified what the triggers are, you can take steps to remove them from your life as much as possible and this will have a huge impact on your daily life.

Keep A Clean Home

Keeping your home environment clean and tidy is important and especially if dust is a big trigger. Mopping and vacuuming a few times a week, washing bedding and regularly changing filters are all great ways to alleviate symptoms. In addition to this, consider removing carpets or rugs which can be a magnet for dust.

Regular Exercise

People who are overweight will experience more symptoms than those that are a healthy weight, so regular exercise and a healthy diet are important. However, be careful with exercise as many children and adults can experience exercise-induced asthma and may require the use of an inhaler.

Keep An Inhaler Close By

Following on from this, always make sure that there is an inhaler close by as this can provide quick relief when symptoms get worse and could stop an attack.

Follow Doctor’s Orders

Your doctor will know best, so always listen carefully to what they have to say and follow their instructions to a T. In addition to having an inhaler for quick relief, your doctor may also prescribe a long-term medication, such as the type available from this website. Taking long-term medication may mean that you require an inhaler less, but you must continue to take the medication as prescribed.

Mediation/Yoga/Breathing Exercises

Many sufferers find it beneficial to start mediation, yoga, breathing exercises or anything similar. In addition to being a good way to practice deep breathing, it can also do wonders for stress which is another major trigger to be aware of.

Living with asthma can be difficult, but it is possible to manage and the above will have a huge impact on your symptoms and quality of life. You should always be responsible and proactive when it comes to asthma whether it is you that has the disease or a loved one as it can be scary when your symptoms get worse but it is manageable with a few lifestyle tweaks and by following the doctor’s orders.