As every year passes by, I see Asthma becoming a lot more common. In fact, my husband suffers from it too and this is the time of the year his allergies flare up and his breathing gets the worst because of a mix of culprits – pollen in the air and heat/humidity to name just a few.
Asthma is a disease of the respiratory system which can disrupt life badly. I believe that more and more people are becoming prone to this respiratory disease as the list of allergens grows longer every year and pollution rates sky-rocket. Is there a way to reduce the symptoms and risk to this tiresome disease that’s growing at an alarming rate? A lot of people suffer from asthma attacks but all it takes is avoiding a few triggers to make it possible to prevent an attack.
There are a number of things that could worsen this health condition. If you are an asthmatic, you should know a few things.
What Are The Most Common Triggers For Asthma?
- Unwashed carpets, bed covers pillow cases
- Tobacco smoke as in passive and active smoking
- Pets and stuffed toys
- Strong fragrances
- Room fresheners
- Dust and pollution
- Humidity and extreme temperatures
Precautions That Can Make A Huge Difference
The best thing for any asthmatic patient is to approach a doctor to find out all the different reasons for their condition, and take necessary precautions accordingly. You could also discuss the allergens that bother you most with the doctor and see how he/she recommends changes that can help you out in an effective manner.
Here is my personal check-list of precautions every ‘asthma’ season:
1. Bedrooms are the first places to check out. It is the place where you rest and sleep, hence it should be free of all triggers that can cause an asthma attack.
2. Trying out even the simplest of things can help you well. One of the biggest reasons that can trigger asthma is dust mites. Dust mites cause allergic reactions in most people suffering from asthma. These dust mites are nothing but bugs in tiny size which cannot be seen by the naked eye. They thrive mainly in the carpets and other pieces of clothing, especially upholstery. To prevent allergic reactions, use a bedcover to keep your sheets covered and hence clean when not in use.
3. Every week use hot water to wash pillow cases, bed sheets and mattress covers. The water used for washing should be at 130 degrees at least to kill dust mites. These should be carefully dried and put out in the sun. Make it a regular practice to wash the blankets and air out all carpets. In fact, I think it’s best to remove all carpets from the bedroom.
4. Toys made from soft fur are breeding grounds where dust mites thrive. Make sure any toys in your home are placed out of the bedroom. In case you have to retain the stuffed toys then they have to be washed in hot water at least once in seven days.
5. Pollen of flowers, strong fragrances of incense sticks, candles, room fresheners, dust, pollution, chalk dust, certain food items, temperatures that are of extreme nature and many other causes could lead to an asthma attack.
6. Another thing to do is manage and reduce stress levels as this could lead to flaring up of asthma. Day to day stress needs to be well managed for which you can meditate, get massages, do yoga, exercise etc. Aerobics proves to be an effective exercise form for individuals suffering from asthma. However it is very necessary to avoid over exercising; consult the doctor to get a better idea on the intensity of exercise to be done.
7. Tobacco smoke or cigar smoke triggers asthma attacks. Remember, passive smoking is equally harmful for those prone to asthma attacks.
8. Maintain indoor humidity in summers by using your Air Conditioners. At work, centralized air conditioners and dehumidifiers can be requested for.
9. A healthy diet consisting of omega 3, vitamins A, C, E, B12 and B6 is a MUST. This will cater to building a better and stronger immune system that can deal well with asthma.
For an asthma patient, quality of life is directly related to the care and caution he/she takes to ensure that triggers are avoided on a day to day basis. It really isn’t as hard as it seems; just take it one step at a time and you’ll see that you can enjoy life even with Asthma, with just a minimal amount of effort.