How to Live With and Manage Asthma

Posted on February 24, 2011

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Unfortunately for people who suffer from asthma, there is currently no way to cure it or get rid of it. If you have heard that there is a way to do this, it simply is not true. There are also many misconceptions associated with asthma such as the belief that children will outgrow this condition as they get older. It is true that the symptoms may lessen for roughly half of them and become inactive during their teenage years, but the truth is that the condition will still be present and it can return anytime during their adult years. There are also those people who believe that asthma is a psychosomatic disease meaning that it is “all in the head.” This can prove to be dangerous as it encourages people to ignore the symptoms which in some cases can be fatal when an attack occurs and it is not dealt with in the proper manner.

If you have asthma, you have to accept the fact that you are going to have it for life. The good news is that there are several ways that you can control the condition and also other steps that you can take to manage the disease and lessen its impact on your life.

Inhalers are used for the more serious cases of asthma and they should be taken on a regular basis and in some cases, they need to be taken during context specific attacks. These types of inhalers are referred to as ‘preventer’ and ‘ reliever’ inhalers and they include steroids or bronchodilator drugs which work as relievers to relax the muscles in the airways. They are inhaled directly into the airways so a small dose should be given.

If you are suffering from a mild case of asthma, then a preventer inhaler may be sufficient for you for a while to control the condition. You can also use a reliever to cure your instances of an asthma attack. This is referred to as an asthma management plan and it will be provided to you by your physician.

Another way that you can help manage your asthma is by moving to a new location. This can really help with your symptoms especially if you move to a place that is warm and has unpolluted fresh air and no allergens with fewer smokers and less traffic with fewer hills to climb. All of these will combine to give you less triggers to set your condition off and you will suffer less as a result of this. This is not a cure, but something to help out your condition.

Relaxation methods and breathing techniques are other ways to lessen the impact of asthma on your life. By doing these, you can help yourself regain control of your breathing and help relax the muscles in your neck which will make you feel better. Exercise is another good thing for you as it reduces your chances for an attack as it improves your bodies ability to use the oxygen that is in the air and distribute it around your body. One of the best forms of exercise for asthma suffers is swimming.

With a lot of hard work and dedication, you can manage the impact that asthma will have on your life and make things better for yourself, so you can hopefully lead an active and productive daily life.

I hope that you found this information useful and if you would like more information on ways to live healthy, then please visit my healthy living web site where you will find great information to help you live a long and healthy life.

I am a 53 year old retired mill worker from Northern Maine. I am happily married with 3 wonderful boys. My main interests are my family and God. I own a healthy living web site with great information designed to help you live a healthier and longer life.

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