Managing Symptoms of Asthma at Home

By being able to pinpoint the substances and situations that can trigger Asthma flares, you can take steps to control those situations or minimize your contact with them.

These are some of the ways you can manage the symptoms of Asthma at home:

  1. Use of prescribed medication:  A lot of people do not use inhalers correctly.  Ask your doctor to check your technique and if required, your doctor may recommend that you use a spacer or holding chamber.
  2. Stay away from the Flu:  Colds and Flu can bring on Asthma attacks.  Wash your hands to avoid catching colds and other viruses.   Get Flu vaccinations every year to avoid any respiratory or sinus infections.
  3. Limit contact with Animals:  Pets can carry dirt and other substances that are likely to trigger an attack in an Asthma patient.Managing Asthma
  4. Regular home clean up:  Dust, mold and insects are some of the top triggers for Asthma.  Regular home inspections and deep cleaning can avoid any attacks that may arise at home.  Wash bed linens and pillow case covers at least once a week in hot water. Clean out filters on home heating or air-conditioning as this may blow dust and debris all over the house.
  5. Get a Dehumidifier:  Having a dehumidifier at home is recommended to have as humidity is bound to stimulate the symptoms for Asthma.  Dehumidifiers help to prevent mold, get rid of dust mites and improve air quality – these are all important to have especially for a person suffering from Asthma.
  6. Avoid Flowers and plants at home: Certain plants are linked with triggering asthma symptoms. Avoid any flowers or plants at home if any symptoms of Asthma is noticed.
  7. Avoid Smoking Zones:  Smoking (even second hand smoking) is a risk factor for poor asthma control and asthma attack.
  8. Take control of Allergies:  Allergies and Asthma are very closely related.  Being in contact with an infectious virus may aggravate your Asthma troubles to drastic levels.
  9. Reduce Stress:  Stress can make your asthma symptoms worsen.  By learning relaxation techniques can help you present shortness of breath and help you avoid an attack.

Speak to your doctor to learn more about how you can effectively manage your Asthma symptoms at home, work, school and in the community.

 

Sources:

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Asthma Foundation New Zealand

Asthma UK

Health Communities – Asthma