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What Is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic (long-term) lung disease that which inflames and narrows in the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. Cough may often occur at night or early in the morning. Asthma will affect the people of all ages, but it most often starts during childhood.

Tips to Prevent from Asthma Attacks:

  1. Keep an allergy-proof covers on the pillows and mattresses:

Wash bedding area weekly in hot water (above 130 degrees F) to get the rid of dust mites and also use a dehumidifier to reduce the excess moisture and help to prevent mold in home.

  1. Remove carpets and stuffed toys from bedrooms:

If carpeting cannot be removed, vacuum at least twice a week with a cleaner equipped with a HEPA air filter.

  1. Fix leaky faucets:

Mold is a common asthma trigger. To reduce mold in your home, remove household plants and keep bathrooms clean and dry by opening a window or using a bathroom fan during showers or baths.

  1. Avoid the areas where people smoke:

Breathing smoke on clothing, furniture or drapes can trigger to have an asthma attack. Be sure to ask for a smoke-free hotel room when traveling.

  1. Avoid harsh cleaning products and chemicals:

Fumes from household cleaners can trigger asthma. Avoid inhaling fumes at home and prevent exposure away from home as much as possible.

  1. Reduce stress:

Intense emotions and worry may often leads to worsen asthma symptoms so take few steps to relieve the stress in life. Make time for things you enjoy doing – and for relaxation.

  1. Pay attention to air quality:

Extremely hot and humid weather and poor air quality can exacerbate asthma symptoms for many people. Limit outdoor activity when these conditions exist or a pollution alert has been issued.

 

  1. Take control of seasonal allergies:

Allergies and asthma are closely related, so consult the doctor if you have hay fever. Use medications as directed and stay inside as much as possible when pollen counts are high.

  1. Make sure that people around to know you have asthma.

It’s important for family members, friends, co-workers, teachers, and coaches to be able to recognize symptoms of an asthma attack – and know what to do if one occurs.

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