Living With Asthma

Posted by Manav . . July 21, 2017 -
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Asthma is a chronic illness that can be debilitating and frustrating for everyone. Not being able to breathe at ease can definitely be stressful. By creating disruptions in daily life, it can change a positive self-image to a negative one and lead to withdrawal from family, friends and activities. Yet despite the challenges, there are many ways to manage the condition and live without letting it take control over your life and activities.

Here are some suggestions.

  1. Make an asthma plan with your doctor. Asthma is an ongoing condition that needs regular monitoring and medication. Staying on top of your treatment plan will help you be more in control of your life. Keep necessary medication handy, especially when travelling.
  2. Asthma often flares up with other diseases. Make sure to take all your preventive shots annually.
  3. Identify environmental triggers. All people suffering from asthma have certain triggers which can cause symptoms to get worse. Some of the most common are dust, pet dander (a combination of dead skin cells and hair or feathers), mold, tobacco smoke and air pollution. Certain foods may trigger asthma as well. Avoid allergens and irritants as much as possible. Keep pets away from you to avoid pet dander. Use a mask when travelling so as to protect yourself. Always keep a scarf handy in case of blasting air-conditioner.
  4. Keep your indoor environment clean. Although it is not possible for us to always keep a control over the outside environment, by keeping our homes clean we can prevent our asthma from getting worse. Make sure that your house is dusted and cleaned every day. Remove carpets as they may collect a lot of dust. Mop and vacuum regularly. Practice regular pest control. Address leaks and water spills before mold can form in moist areas. Do not allow smoking in your home.
  5. Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity has been tied to asthma and often medicines are not as effective on obese people. Make sure to maintain a well-balanced food plan and exercise regularly.
  6. Asthma does not need to be hidden. It is a very common condition and nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, making your friends and family aware of your condition and the triggers that exaggerate it can help them protect you. For instance, if you are allergic to flowers, make that fact known so that people do not gift you flowers and unknowingly trigger an attack. Open up about your condition and accept all the help available, whether from your doctor, friends and family, community or support groups.
  7. Relax. Anxiety can trigger an asthma attack and an asthma attack can cause more anxiety, leading to a vicious cycle. Avoid stressful situations as much as possible and use exercise or meditation as a means to relieve yourself of tension.
  8. Identify an attack and act early. You know your body best. If you feel something can trigger an attack, stop it immediately. Asthma symptoms may include coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing. Know when to reach for that quick-relief medicine or inform the doctor to get preventive care in time.

If you have been managing asthma well, do let us know of your success story.  I hope this helps you manage your asthma and live a positive as well as a healthy life. Please share your thoughts as well as experience on this as a comment here or reach out to us over Whatsapp or email at +919900050893 & jiyodilse@samsaraliving.com. You can also join our exclusive members only community for seniors here to start a conversation on this – www.facebook.com/groups/SamsaraLivingCommunity

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Manav . July 21, 2017

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