Asthma Management:
Is Your Breathing Under Control?

Asthma management is all about controlling the air that you breathe in. Proper breathing moves air in and out of your body. Without it you cannot survive.

Unfortunately asthma wants to take this away. But with the right treatment plan, you can regain control over your breath.

Asthma Management Prevent Symptoms Before They Happen

The first step is to know your triggers and to have a home maintenance plan. You may use home air cleaners to filter out the pollen and ragweed from the air. There are also allergy control products and allergy cleaning products that can lower the amount of allergens in your home.

Control is the ultimate tool to diminish asthma symptoms. The ability to tell when there is a problem and early intervention enables you  to live a happy, normal life.

Proper management is centered around avoiding triggers, having an asthma action plan, and seeking help, when necessary.   

Your Treatment May Be Intense

When breathing problems occur, one of the first things that doctors do is to prescribe asthma medication. Childhood - When flare-ups occur, treatment consists of quick acting inhalers and oral corticosteroids to reduce swelling immediately. But they have side effects and should be used with caution.

When medicated, It is essential for you to know if a treatment is working and your breathing is under control. A peak flow meter measures your breath and can tell if your treatment is working properly. If the reading from the meter drops more than 25%, it is a good time to call your doctor.

Exercise Can Be Your Friend

Exercise can be your ally or your worst enemy. If you exercise too intensely, you can trigger an attack. But if you exercise properly or perform breathing exercises that strengthen your lungs , they can prevent further breathing problems.

If you suffer an attack while working out, stop exercising immediately and follow the management plan suggested by your doctor.  Immediately go to a warm, humidified area and take any medication your doctor has prescribed for you . If there is no relief, seek emergency help.  With proper asthma management, you can avoid this type of situation. 

It is also a good idea to ask your doctor about medications that can help to prevent symptoms when you exercise. With the right treatment regime, you don’t have to stop exercising.  

Don’t Let Asthma Symptoms Stop Your Breathing

Severe asthma can be a life threatening experience and rob you of your breath. It show as signs of "air trapping" within the lungs. Normally the lung airways send air to the rest of the body. When “air trapping” happens, air cannot get out of the lungs. This will shut down vital organs which require oxygen and cause damage to the rest of the body. 

Advanced symptoms  for children may include trouble sleeping , coughing that worsens when the child has a cold or the flu, and trouble eating. This includes becoming easily fatigued when playing. The dangerous signs are deep and rapid breathing, decreased alertness (or lethargy) and cyanosis (a bluish coloring of the skin due to lack of oxygen).

As if asthma is not bad enough, symptoms can get worse with the change of season.

Treat Breathing Problems Immediately

Call 911 or go to the emergency room if you or your family member suffers a severe asthma attack. Time is very important when you are dealing with breathing problems.

Should you should experience any of the above symptoms including restless sleep and unusual fatigue then you should go to the hospital. At the very least, you should contact your care giver. To prevent  severe asthma, you should adopt a safety first approach and start an asthma management plan  to safeguard your health.

More Information
On The Safest Asthma Treatments

Most people find fewer problems with asthma when they find a treatment plan or plan of action that works. Read The SAFE Asthma Treatment Guide and discover the four steps to controlling asthma.  With a little guidance from this report and a help from your doctor, you can control your wheezing and coughing so that you can breathe easier. This report will give you a blueprint so that you can manage your symptoms at anytime.

And remember … any asthma treatment prescribed by a physician should always be taken as ordered, even if there are no symptoms. Your doctor is the gatekeeper to keeping you healthy.

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