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Natural Asthma Remedies The Expert Guide To Coping With Asthma Portia Casey 8/8/2010

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Asthma Symptoms – How Can You Know You Have Asthma Most of the times, a disease which is spotted right from the beginning of its evolutions has more chances of being treated much more rapidly and effectively than one which was discovered only when it got worse. This is why, it is highly important to visit a doctor whenever you feel that there is something wrong going on inside your body. Also, it is very useful to know what the symptoms characteristic for certain illnesses or conditions are. If you have had persons in your family who suffered from asthma, than you should prepare to recognize any of this condition’s symptoms, so that you discover its presence in the incipient form. Also, because asthma is one of the most spread ailments from all over the world, even if your family does not have a history with this disease, knowing exactly what it is about can help you prevent it or discover it from its beginning. Even though not all persons have the same asthma symptoms, the most common symptoms for this ailment are excessive coughing, which becomes more acute during the night, wheezing, pain in the chest or a kind of pressure inside the chest and difficulties in breathing. These symptoms are usually more acute during the asthma attacks. After the attacks are over there may be periods in which the symptoms are no longer felt. Yet, even in these relatively calm periods you may experience trouble in breathing or uneven function of your lungs, so you will always have to keep your medicine at hand. Feelings of tiredness, trouble in sleeping, feeling grouchy or moody, serious coughing especially at night and after doing physical exercises and symptoms which can be easily associated with allergies are also highly frequent in the manifestation of asthma. These symptoms usually appear in the first stages of the ailment, so if you have two or more of these symptoms, it is advisable that you go to a doctor. Even though these symptoms may point out to an allergy or to another disease, it is always good to have some tests done and see if asthma is what you are suffering of or there is another ailment which is troubling your health.

Which Are the Most Common Types of Asthma Most people suffering of asthma have similar symptoms like coughing, wheezing, a feeling of pain or pressure in the chest and shortness of breath. These symptoms become more acute when the imminence of an asthma attack is higher and other symptoms, such as difficulty in talking, pale lips, feelings of fear and panic are added to these. Yet, even though generally these symptoms are characteristic for almost all asthmatics, there are more types of asthma which can be encountered. Depending on the moment of the day when asthma is triggered or the factors which provoke it, there can be individuated about five types of asthma. One of the most common types of asthma is the allergic asthma. In this case the allergies and asthma go hand in hand, causing asthma attacks whenever the individual comes in contact with the allergens to which they are sensitive to. In this

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case, to the common symptoms of asthma are also added those of allergy rhinitis, such as runny and swollen nose, continuous sneezing, weepy eyes and excessive mucus. Another very frequent type of asthma is the exercise-induced asthma. This type of ailment is mainly triggered by physical exercises. If you have noticed that the asthma attacks are only happening when you run or do physical exercises, then you are probably suffering of exerciseinduced asthma. In order to be able to breath normally when exercising you may need to get an inhaler and use it before actually starting your daily exercise routine. The cough-variant asthma is triggered by extremely powerful coughing, which will simply not stop. There are many factors which can stay behind the extreme cough, such as rhinitis, sinusitis or heartburn. Thus, if you cough a lot and feel like you are choking during the periods with excessive cough, make sure you visit a doctor. The occupational asthma and the nighttime asthma are the last two types of asthma. They occur only in particular times of the day (the working hours in case of the occupational asthma and the nighttime during the nighttime asthma). If your asthma attacks are getting more acute in these periods then you are suffering of one of these two types of ailments. No matter which type of asthma you (think) you have, it is highly important to go to the doctor for an accurate diagnostic, which will enable you to start the right treatment for your type f asthma.

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Asthma Sufferers Should Breathe on their Nose It is well known that asthma sufferers encounter great problems when wanting to breathe normally. The amount of air they inhale and exhale is significantly lower than that inhaled and exhaled by a normal person. Also, there is an increasing tendency of asthma sufferers to start breathing through their mouth. This practice is mainly due to the fact that during asthma attacks people usually use an inhaler and breathe through their mouths. However, breathing through your mouth should be a routine which must be stopped immediately, first of all because only a small quantity of air that you breathe through your mouth reaches your lungs. Most of it goes directly in your stomach and it is not useful in any way to your organs. Also, many asthmatic associate breathing through their mouth with an emergency situation (like the imminence of an asthma attack) and when they get used with breathing through their mouth regularly, the fear of an attack is increased and the brain is always in a state of alarm.

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Thus, in order to breathe normally and lead a stress-free life, you will have to get used to breathing only through your nose. It may be a little more difficult at the beginning, but nothing is impossible when you really want it. Start by auto-imposing yourself to keep your mouth closed and whenever you realize that you are using your mouth for breathing, close it and try to resume your normal activities and breathe through your nose. If this does not provide satisfactory results, then buy a mouth tape and use it when you are at home and when you are sleeping to keep your mouth closed. This will prevent you from opening your mouth and will only leave you the alternative of breathing through your nose. Once you will get used to using only your nose for breathing, you will notice that you will not be thinking so much about the imminence of an asthma attack, you will be more tranquil and relaxed, while the panic feelings will completely go away. So, no matter how hard you will have to try in order to succeed, it is worth all work as once you have started breathing through your nose, your asthma will become less threatening to you.

Are Air Filters Good in Preventing Asthma Attacks? Asthma sufferers know better how hard it is to cope with the imminence of an asthma attack each and every day. They know better how many things they have to sacrifice in order to be at least a little bit safe, the pleasure they are deprived of in order to avoid an attack and the precaution measures they have to take each and every time they want to go out. Yet, their home should be the place in which all people should feel good and comfortable. In order to make the house a proper environment for an asthmatic, it is absolutely necessary that you offer them a clear air to breathe, safe from any kind of allergens (such as dirt, pollen, mold or animal hair). You can do that by cleaning the house regularly, throwing away the wall to wall carpets, washing the fabric items every week and cleaning all the other surfaces as often as possible with cleaning projects which are specifically designed for sensitive people. Even though the above mentioned methods are quite effective in keeping allergens away, there are still particles of dust, mold or animal hair which can be left unnoticed or which remain in the air. These allergens can easily trigger an adverse reaction from an asthmatic. Thus, filtering the air periodically will be one of the necessary steps which have to be taken in order to make the house a safe environment for an asthmatic. There are two ways in which you can keep the air from a room clean. The first one is to buy an air cleaner. Depending on how large the air cleaner is, it will filter the air from a room or from the entire house. Also, the filters can be replaced or cleaned when they get dirty, so that the breathable air is as clean as possible. The other method through which you can obtain a clean air inside the house is to install an air filter inside the air conditioning or inside the source of heating. Choose a permanent electrostatic filter for a better filtration and run the air conditioning even when is not very hot outside or even use it for warming the room. This way it will be able to filter more air and reserve all the allergens inside the filters.

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So, if you have an asthmatic living in your house or you are suffering from asthma, make sure that the air you breathe inside the house is fresh, clean and safe all the time, by filtering it continuously.

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Cure Asthma – How to Completely Remove Dust Mites Nobody wants to have mites in their homes just like nobody wants to have dust inside their houses. Yet, sometimes it just happens that the small mites get inside and you cannot make them leave. If for a normal person mites are just annoying, for asthma sufferers they are quite dangerous, as they are one of the most powerful allergens which trigger asthma attacks. Thus, if you are an asthmatic or have inside your house someone who is, it is absolutely necessary to get rid of all the dust mites as soon as possible and keep them away from your home for ever. In order to achieve this task, you will have to follow some simple routines, which you will find listed below. The first thing on the “must do� list in order to get rid of dust mites is to reduce the humidity from inside the house. You can do that by using a dehumidifier. Also, make sure that you keep all the rooms ventilated, so that you avoid the accumulation of excessive humidity. After that, you should purchase a vacuum cleaner with extra filtration and start vacuuming all your furniture and carpets. The items which cannot be washed or which is recommended that you wash only once or twice a year are the once which retain most of the dust mites and their eggs, so make sure that you vacuum them at least once a week. Then, wash the beddings, the curtains, the blankets and duvet covers at a high temperature. It is recommended that you do not wash them below 60 degrees Celsius, otherwise the dust mites and their eggs may survive the washing process and this is something that you do not want to happen. If you have children, sterilize all their toys by washing them in hot water. If the toys are not washable, you can put them in the refrigerator and leave them there at least one night. Dust mites cannot make it in low temperatures. The mattress can also be a good place for mites, so take it out at least once in a month and let it air. Do not avoid that in the cold days of winter. Moreover, it is highly recommended to take it out in the cool air, as dust mites and their eggs will die at low temperatures, as mentioned previously.

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These measures will make your house a safer environment, both for you and for the asthma sufferers as they will keep the dust mites away for good.

Daily Supplements Which Prevent or Even Treat Asthma Asthmatics need proper treatment in order to cope with their ailment. They need their medication as well as an inhaler to help them make it through the day. However, their body also needs much more vitamins and minerals which shall strengthen it and give it energy to stay active all day long. This is why, taking supplements is advisable if you suffer from asthma. Not all the supplements are suitable for asthma patients and not all of them have any effect in treating or alleviating this condition. The proper supplements must necessary contain antioxidants, such as Vitamin E and selenium. Vitamin C, which is a very effective antihistaminic, must also be included in the daily recipe of supplements. These vitamins will decrease the occurrence of the asthma attacks and alleviate their symptoms when they do occur. Fish oil, if taken daily is great as anti-inflammatory, so include 2 or 4 mg of fish oil into your diet, too. Also magnesium, glutamine and pantothenic acid are also substances which should be supplemented if you suffer from asthma. They will not only protect your body from the outer factors, but they will also prevent the occurrence of asthma attack. A complex of vitamins and minerals is also necessary to support the body. This complex should include folic acid, the Vitamin B complex and zinc. These substances are more likely to miss from an asthmatic’s body or their quantity is relatively low, so they will need to be supplemented in order for the body to function properly. In order to find out which is the perfect recipe for your body and which of these supplements you will have to take, it is advisable that you first take some blood tests and see what your body lacks the most. According to the results given by those tests, a doctor will be able to prescribe you the necessary amount of substances that you will have to take each day so that your body can work normally day after day. Do not let asthma rule your life when you can take some daily supplements and feel great all day long.

Get Rid of Extra Pounds to Overcome Your Asthma Obesity is probably the most spread disease around all over the world. Even though obesity is not one of those conditions which have pain and suffering as their main characteristic, still it is highly dangerous. The reason for which many people label obesity as a disease is because it can cause multiple complications which can be fatal for some people. Thus, even though you feel good in your skin and would not even think about starting a diet, it is absolutely necessary to start burning that fat if you want to have a healthy body.

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The necessity of having a normal weight is even more acute when you suffer of asthma. Studies have shown that obese people are more prone to asthma attacks than the asthma sufferers which have a normal weight. Thus, a diet is the first step you will have to take in order to treat your asthma. First of all, a lower body weight will lower down the high body pressure. Most overweight and obese persons suffer from high blood pressure. This, in time can prove to be very dangerous for the individual, so it is advisable that you keep your body pressure within the normal limits. For most obese people this means losing some pounds. Losing weight will also lower down the amount of glucose from one’s body, thus reducing the risk of diabetes. In addition to that, lower body fat will lead to lower cholesterol, which will be felt in your everyday activities. Thus, apart from feeling good in your skin and having an attractive silhouette, losing weight is also important for your health. So, make a set of tests before you start your diet and take a look at them. You will see then why your asthma felt worse and your attacks were more often. Then, go to a nutritionist which will create a personal diet which will respond to all your body’s needs. It will certainly include low calorie meals and ingredients which will decrease the number of your asthma attacks. After only a month of following your personalized diet, you will see how not only will you look better, but you will also feel better and your asthma will not bother you so much. For more effective results, try to combine the diet with physical exercises. Even though it may be tough at the beginning, everything will go smooth once you get used with this program. And the results will not fail to appear.

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Herbal Remedies for Asthma Asthma sufferers heavily rely on medicine to keep their condition under control. They use inhalers in case of emergency and specific medicine on a daily basis. However, the overuse of these medicines can significantly affect the human body, as there are many counter indications which, in time, will harm the body and make it even more sensitive to external factors. But what if you could obtain the same results as when taking medicine, but without having those dangerous side effects? What if you could live your normal life and treat your condition in a natural way, without being necessary to ingest all kinds of chemical? Would this not be great?

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Well, I think that most asthmatics will surely enjoy the possibility of totally removing the medicines from their lives and start a new life by treating their condition using herbs. This thing is possible and it has been done from long time by other cultures. There are two main mixes of herbs which can help asthmatics live their life the natural way, without chemical drugs which were temporary alleviating their suffering, but had disastrous effects on the long run. The first mix of herbs is one highly used in Middle East countries, which consists of chamomile, cinnamon, sage, black cumin seeds, cloves, rosemary, spearmint and thyme, as well as other similar herbs with therapeutic effects. This combination of herbs has been used for centuries in Middle East countries to treat asthma or at least alleviate its symptoms. The other herb combination which is believed to have great effects upon the human body and offer great results in treating asthma is the mixture called Saiboku-To. This mixture, which has its origins in Asia contains ten herbs, from which the best known are ginger, magnolia, Baikal skullcap, licorice and Korean ginseng. Most of the patients which have been treated using this Asian blending of herbs reported serious improvement in their conditions and reductions in their steroidal medication. If you suffer from asthma, you should definitely try at least one of these blends. They have the advantage of being 100% natural and of not presenting any side effects which may damage or affect your health in a negative way.

How Can an Asthma Diary Help You Treat Your Condition? Asthma sufferers know best that living with this condition is quite hard, as it prevents you from doing normal activities, like walking in the park when all the flowers are blooming, running, playing and even get proper rest. This is why it is highly important to monitor this ailment and see the way in which it evolves. This monitoring is best to be done daily. Many asthma sufferers have made a habit out of keeping a diary of their condition. Not only is that helping them keeping track of the number of attacks they have had in a certain period, but this type of recording is also highly useful for their doctors, which are able to evaluate the way in which their patients’ condition is evolving. Also, on the basis of the accurate description provided by the patient, the doctor is capable of better observing the way in which the medicine are affecting the individual and whether they are efficient in treating the asthma or they are only worsening the condition. Thus, asthma diaries can prove to be very effective in finding a personalized cure, which will treat the patient or at least make their life better. For this reason, it is advisable that each and every asthmatic should keep a diary where to record all the information they think is necessary about their daily condition and the symptoms they are experiencing during a normal day. Things like the symptoms preceding an attack, the feelings one feels when an asthma attack strikes, the things which may trigger the attacks and the way in which the current actions and the

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environment affect the individual is information that should be written in the diary. The more accurate is the information noted down in the diary, the more effective the treatment based on those notes will be. The asthma diaries are helpful tools in treating this condition properly. By knowing exactly what symptoms you experience before having an attack, you can prevent it from happening. Also, by noting down all the symptoms and feelings one experiences, the doctor will receive a more accurate description of the way in which the condition is manifested and will be able to prescribe the best medication available. So, if you want to treat your asthma, make sure that you always keep track of your daily symptoms and evolution.

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How Can Jala Neti Technique Treat Your Asthma Daily life for those suffering of asthma is certainly very difficult form that of a healthy person. They have to constantly carry their medicine with them so that they always have them at hand, they must limit their physical activities for fear of not being struck by another asthma attack and must be constantly live with that insecurity feeling in their hearts. For these persons, being able to breathe normally and walk on the street without the risk of having an attack is like a pleasant dream. Yet, this dream can come true by using a simple method which can clean your nose of all the bacteria, dust and impurities which clog your nostrils. The Jala Neti technique, because this is the technique I was talking about, is a relatively simple method which gives asthmatics the opportunity to breathe normally again. It may seem a difficult method to perform at the beginning, but once you do it once or twice, you will start getting used with it and will perform effortlessly after a period of time. For successfully completing this technique, you will have to purchase a special Neti pot, which can be found in the health shops, water and salt. What you will have to do is warm the water a little bit, so that it has the same temperature as your body, mix the water with salt and then, using the Neti pot, you will introduce it in one of your nostrils, keeping the head so that the water can pass from one nostril to another. Thus, the water will be eliminated on the other nostril, thus cleaning all the dirt from inside your nose. As I mentioned previously, it may seem a little bit difficult at a first view, but putting it in practice is in fact easier that you may think. In order to be effective, this technique must be done at least two times a day, once when you get up, so that your nose is clean and you will be able to breathe normally all day long; and once before going to bed, so that you will be able to enjoy a good night sleep.

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This technique is not only very good in cleaning and moisturizing the nose, but it is also very safe, so that you will not have to worry about side effects. Prevented that salty water does not get in the wrong direction, you will not feel any discomfort or pain.

How Does Nutrition Affect Asthma Sufferers Nutrition plays a great role in the proper development and function of the human body. Thus, it is normal that a healthy diet, rich in vitamins and minerals should positively affect the body, while a diet based on saturated fats and products containing sugar will have a negative impact on the body. This happens both in case of the healthy persons and that of people suffering from different conditions and ailments. Some of the people whose state of health is influenced by nutrition are asthmatics. It has been recently proven that obese people have less chances of effectively dealing with their asthma than people with normal weight. Also, the effects usually associated with obesity, such as relatively high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high presence of fats in the body are very damaging to one’s overall health. But not does obesity have a negative effect upon the entire body, it also contributes to the further incapacity of the asthmatic to breathe. By preventing the air from entering and getting out of the lungs in a proper manner, the emergence of asthma attacks is favored. This is the reason why obese persons have higher rate of asthma attacks than persons who have weight that is between normal limits. In addition to that, recent studies performed by the Australian scientists have revealed that eating fatty foods can have a powerful impact on the medicines’efficacy. Thus, even though the asthmatic still takes their medicine on a regular basis, the fat food can interfere with their effects and thus make them useless. In order to stop this process, it is highly recommended that fatty foods should be totally erased from an asthmatic’s diet and that they should be replaced with fruits, vegetables, low fat dairies and low meat. This will not only give the body better immunity and help it lose useless fat, but it will also decrease the number of asthma attacks and will diminish their severity. So, if you suffer from asthma, you will have to be more careful with your diet and the amount of fats and chemical products you ingest during your meals.

How to Treat Children Suffering of Asthma Asthma is a condition with which gets hard to live even for an adult. The younger the person suffering of asthma is, the more problematic will be to live with this ailment. Thus, children find it extremely hard to cope with this situation, especially because they do not fully understand their condition and are not able to control their emotions. This is why, asthmatic children need to be given special attention, both when they are at home or with their parents and when they are at school.

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In order to prepare your child to cope with asthma as good as possible, it is necessary to explain them, as much as they can understand, what is asthma, what it will happen to them during and asthma attack and what are they supposed to do in severe cases or in the situations when their parents are no around. This will enable the child to regain some of their confidence and to start regarding asthma as something they will have to face without being afraid of it. Once your child knows exactly what they have to do when they are left alone, it is absolutely necessary to start cleaning the toys, throw those that cannot be cleaned in hot water, clean the entire house and eliminate all the dust mites and bacteria which may be stored inside the house. It may take a little time to get used with all these routines, but always keep in mind that the less your child will come in contact with allergens, bacteria and dust mites, the rarer the asthma attacks will be. In addition to cleaning your house it is also important to see where your child learns and if the classrooms are clean enough to offer your child a proper breathing. Ask the teachers to show you the classroom and if you spot any dust mites or other similar allergens which may threaten your child’s health, ask for permission to clean the room yourself. Also, let the teachers, nurses and even school bus drive know that your child has asthma and share with them their asthma action plan. Thus you will be sure that they know exactly how to act in case your child has an asthma attack while they are away from home. Children asthmatic children can have a relatively normal life if minimal hygiene measures are taken and if the people around them are informed about the way in which these children should be treated.

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How You Can Get Rid of Asthma Triggers When you or someone dear to you suffers from asthma you must make sure that you eliminate all the allergens from inside the house which can trigger an asthma attack. It is almost impossible to clear the house from any possible threat, but with constant care and proper cleaning measures you can make of your house a safe environment for an asthmatic person. The first thing one has to do when there is an asthmatic in the house is to remove all the wall to wall carpeting. The carpets are the best places where dust, animal hair and bacteria can gather, so that removing them will significantly diminish the amount of allergens from the house. If you cannot stay without having anything on the floor, choose to decorate your house using area rugs. They are much easier to clean and they give a chic air to your house.

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Then, you will have to pass to cleaning all the beddings and curtains. Fabrics in general tend to accumulate more dust. This may also be because they cannot be cleaned daily, just as the other surfaces, like floors or furniture, can. In order to make sure that the person suffering of asthma has a good night sleep and can safely stay near any curtain or bedding from the house you should wash them at least once a week at a high temperature. This will ensure that no dust and other allergens are sheltered in the fabric for a long time. Next, make sure that nobody smokes inside the house. If there are people living in the house who are smoking, ask them to smoke outside. Also, if you have guests who smoke, explain them politely your situation and invite them to smoke outside too. This way, the air from the house will become much cleaner and the risk of having an asthma attack will be significantly reduced. Also, install an air cleaner or mount an air filter to your air conditioning. Thus, all the dust particles and mold will be kept inside the filter and the air will become breathable even for an asthmatic. Put these measures into practice and the risk of an asthma attack will significantly decrease. Thus, you will transform your house into a proper home for the persons from your family who suffer of asthma.

Keep Pollen Away If You Suffer from Asthma Pollen is one of the most powerful allergens. It is well known that most of the times when asthmatic people come in contact with pollen they suffer from asthma attacks. This is why, it is necessary to avoid, as much as possible any exposure to this substance. There are some safety measures which can be taken in order to be protected against the damaging effects pollen can have upon asthmatics. The first thing which must be done if you suffer from asthma is to avoid the outdoor activities in the morning and during the evenings when the concentration of pollen from the air is at its highest peak. Avoid running and delay any hard work that you have to do outside until noon, when the concentration of pollen is significantly lower. If you must get out of the house in the morning or evening, wear a dust or pollen mask which will filter the air you breathe. In addition to that, use an air purifier or install a filter inside your air conditioning, at least during spring and summer, when the quantity of pollen is bigger. This will prevent the pollen to get inside your house, thus keeping the air clean and breathable, which will decrease the risk of an asthma attack. If you are getting out of the house during the periods of the day when the concentration of pollen from the air is higher, wash your hair before you go to bed. Particles of pollen cling to your hair and if you do not wash it in the evening, the pollen will get on your pillow, from which you will

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most probably inhale it. Thus, if you want to avoid the unpleasant effects of such a happening make sure you wash your hair. As an extra safety measure, also wash your clothes the same day, so that the particles of pollen will not stay too much inside your house. Last, but not least, give up your habit of hanging your clothes to dry in the open air. They may have a fresher smell, but the particles of pollen get inside the fabric much easier, which will ultimately lead to you inhaling them and possibly experiencing an asthma attack. Use a cloth dryer instead. It is much safer for asthma sufferers.

Learning How to Live With Asthma For many people asthma is a condition with which they will have to live with all their lives. They will have to get used to being caught by surprise by an asthma attack. Yet, learning how to live with asthma is not an easy thing to do and even for asthmatics who have long dealt with disease coping with it is difficult. The first thing that you will have to do after you discover your asthma is to make sure you take your medicine whenever you have to . Not taking them may have serious consequences and sometimes results in even more serious symptoms and an aggravation of this condition, as the inflammation starts developing immunity to medicine, of these are not taken regularly. Then, you will have to tell all those living and working besides you that you are an asthmatic and that you may need help in case of an attack. Suffering from this ailment is not a shame, so keeping it to yourself will not help you in any way. Instead of trying to hide your state of health from the others, explain them what they should do in case of emergency and how should they react if you are not feeling well. It is also highly important that you do not stop doing all your current activities. You will be encouraged to get out of the house and do physical movement. Even though it may be a little more difficult at the beginning, especially for those suffering from exercise-induced asthmatics, things will get easier and more fun with time. Time will also make the medicine routine easier and will make you understand better your condition. What is highly important is to never give it up. Asthma is an ailment which with you can live. There have not been reported any people who have died because of asthma, so you will not have to panic about this either. Moreover, if you have a healthy nutrition, make regular exercises and take your medicine in due time, you condition may improve and you will be able to live your life as an active, normal person for a long period of time.

Natural Remedies Which Can Alleviate or Treat Asthma Nowadays asthma has become very widely spread all over the world. More and more people are being affected by this condition every day and even though there are made new discoveries,

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people still find it difficult to live with this ailment. In order to alleviate the discomfort and pain one feels when having an asthma attack, there are some plants which may be used. One of the oldest remedies for asthma has been Gingko. The Chinese have been extensively used this plant to treat asthma and allergies. This ingredient is highly effective as it blocks the bronchoconstriction, thus partially or totally avoiding an asthma attack or in case of its happening its duration is shorter and the discomfort is smaller. Thus, Gingko can be quite of help if taken on a regular basis. Another great ingredient in treating, or at least alleviating asthma is caffeine. Drink tea or coffee in order to ingest the necessary amount of caffeine, which improves the way the lungs are functioning. The daily intake of mg of caffeine for each kilo of your body will be enough to reduce the imminence of an attack. Thus, a cup of coffee or two cups of tea can make wonders for you and your lungs and will help you fight asthma more effectively. Those who like eating onion here is some good news: onion can also play a decisive part in inhibiting asthma. The ingredients contained by onion block the enzymes which produce the chemicals of inflammation, thus reducing the responses to allergens. This means that if you eat onion on a regular basis, the chances of having an asthma attack are diminished, because your body is no longer producing any reactions to the allergens which were normally triggering the asthma attack. There are also other natural remedies which can be used in order to diminish the effects of asthma. If taken properly they can lead to a reduction of asthma attacks and help you lead a normal life, without the fearing that the next time you will be out on the street you will have an attack which may be fatal.

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Physical Movement Can Make Wonders for Asthma Sufferers Physical activity is one of the main factors which can keep the body in good shape and maintain the organism’s health. There are many benefits associated with physical exercises, yet for asthmatics making exercises on a regular basis has become similar to torture. Many people suffering of asthma are afraid of making any type of movement for fear of not having an asthma attack. Yet, in spite of their fear, physical exercises are highly recommended in asthma treatment, as it decreases the amount of fat deposits (where it is necessary) and it increases the cardio-respiratory

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fitness, which contributes to a better breathing. Thus, all asthma sufferers which want to become independent of their inhalers must start making physical movement. Those people who have not done any type of physical exercise before, should start by making only moderate movement, for a short period of time. They can start by exercising only 20 minutes per day, three days a week and gradually increase the time they dedicate to this activity to 30 or even 50 minutes every day for 3 up to five days per week. Ideally, each asthmatic should do at least half an hour of physical exercise each and every day. This will enable them to breathe better and will significantly lower their asthma attacks. There are three ways through which an asthmatic can start making physical movement. First alternative is that of hiring a personal trainer who will design a program of exercises especially for you. Also, because on a specified period you will have to meet your trainer, you will be more determined to go on with the program, than if you do it at home by yourself. Those who are not disturbed by the people around have the alternative of purchasing a monthly membership at one of the many gyms from nearby. This will offer them the possibility of interacting with people, which will boost the asthmatic’s moral and will make them feel more confident. Lastly, those who do not feel like getting out of the house can buy their own equipment and exercise at home, yet in order to make sure that your asthma is alleviated, the exercises must be done constantly. Also, they can be combined with proper diet for more effective results.

Recognizing the Imminence of an Asthma Attack Can Help You Prevent It When you suffer from a disease it is highly important to understand its symptoms and the way it functions so that you can act accordingly. This is even more important when your suffer from asthma, as this is a chronic disease with severe manifestations from time to time, but which can be avoided if you can recognize the symptoms which signal an asthma attack. Most people who struggle with this condition for a longer period of time have already began to feel the imminence of an attack and know exactly when and what to do. Yet, if you have few time since you have discovered that you have asthma, knowing which are the symptoms which precede an attack is almost impossible. So, here is a list of the most common symptoms which announce an attack. The first thing which must give you something to think about is the unstoppable cough. Asthma usually is characterized by cough, but when this becomes more acute than usual and you just cannot control yourself, then it is high time that you place your medicine somewhere where you can reach them easily. If the cough is accompanied by rapid breathing and wheezing when inhaling and exhaling, chest pain and/or pressure and tightened chest and neck, then you should

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be prepared to take your medication, or otherwise you will have to cope with an asthma attack, which will certainly not be a pleasant thing. In the last stage before an attack, your palms and face get sweaty, your lips become purple and all the other symptoms mentioned above get more and more acute. These are the last moments when you can reach your inhaler and stop the further development of your attack. The above listed symptoms are common to most asthma sufferers, but it is not necessary that they all happen at the same time. In fact, the symptoms may differ from attack to attack, so you must not expect a pattern that will repeat each and every time when an attack is imminent. Yet, it is important to know them all so that you recognize them when they occur and prepared to stop the evolution of the attack before it actually begins.

Sleep Well When You Have Asthma When you suffer from asthma, having a relaxing sleep can really be an issue. Asthmatic people can really have a hard time in getting the rest they need. They usually have to cope with nocturne asthma attacks which do not let them sleep or even the fear of having such an attack may keep them awake all night long. Even though it may seem hard to attain that state of relaxation most people have when sleeping, asthmatics can have a good night sleep if they follow some simple rules. First of all it is necessary to have clean bedding. Washing the bedding once a week in hot water it is absolutely essential if you want to get rid of all the allergens which can trigger an asthma attack. Dust, animal hair or any other types of allergens can easily get stuck in the bedding fibers and trigger an asthma attack when you go to bed. So, cleaning the bedding is the first essential step you have to take in order to have a good and relaxing sleep, all night long. Next, it is advisable to choose a position in which you will be able to breathe easily. Most doctors recommend that you use two or three pillows instead of one and place them all under your head, neck and back, so that the upper part of your body is lifted up a little. Also, you should avoid sleeping on your back or on your stomach, as these positions obstruct your airwaves, preventing the air from getting in and out of the body. A much more suitable position for asthmatic people is the sleeping on the left side, if possible with the legs brought up at the levels of your stomach. In order to get the amount of rest you want, it is also recommended that you go to sleep only when you feel you are so tired that you can only sleep. This way you will fall asleep immediately and will not have time to worry about whether you are going to sleep that night or not. Last, but not least, you should not sleep during the day. If you are really tired and cannot really focus on anything, you can take a 30 minutes nap in an armchair. Thus, you will refresh your

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brain a little bit, without giving your body too much energy. You will become tired in the evening and you will sleep all night long, without waking up during the night. Follow these simple methods and you will see that you will be able to sleep normally again, even though you suffer from asthma.

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Stress Is One of the Most Important Asthma Triggers Stress has multiple effects on the human body: it makes you more irritable, it decreases your power of focus, it makes you lack sleep or get extremely tired in the middle of the day and it can even contribute to the increasing of the negative effects produced by other chronic diseases. It is probably the biggest harm of the society and it strucks almost every individual from the society. As nowadays everyone gets affected by stress, the asthmatics could not make an exception. Yet, what is worth in their case is the fact that stress can further increase the asthma symptoms and make the asthmatic feel worse when stressed. Many asthmatic have claimed that most of the asthma attacks have happened during periods when they were highly stressed. Thus the combination asthma plus stress is not quite a happy one. Even though stress alone is not capable of producing asthma, it is able to further increase the gravity of this ailment, by contributing to the increase in intensity and duration of the asthma attacks. Thus, it is highly important that you learn to relax and remain calm in any situation. This means that you will have to learn how to cope with different situations without panicking. Also, it means that you will have to do your schedule in such a way as to have time to do each and every thing at your own peace. When feeling the pressure and the tension on your shoulders, there are many more chances of being hit by an asthma attack, so learn to take your time and not get panicked if you do not finish everything in due time. Remember that your health must be your main concern. In order to get rid of stress, you should also start attending courses which teach you how to control your responses to stress. This way you will be able to manage your own capacities better and will not let stress overwhelm you, no matter how many things you have to do and how many problems you will have to solve. Meditation and relaxation sessions are also highly indicated if you want to get rid of stress.

The Main Factors Which Trigger Asthma

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Asthma attacks can be triggered a lot of different factors. In order to be able to avoid such attacks as much as possible, it is necessary to know which the most frequent allergens which trigger these attacks are and which are the ways in which you can avoid getting in contact with such allergens if you suffer from asthma. The most dangerous allergen for asthmatics is dust. This is mainly because dust is everywhere and there are little things to be done in order to avoid it or at least diminish the quantities of dust present in the air. The only places where dust can be controlled and its effects can be prevented are the house and the office. The places where one lives and works can become safe environments for the asthmatics if they are cleaned regularly and vacuumed at least twice a week or even more, while the furniture must be dusted every day. Another allergens which can trigger asthma are dust mites. There are just as hard to get rid of as dust, yet with a proper filtration system and with constant cleaning of the objects from the house they can be kept away from the house for a long period of time. Mold is also a very dangerous allergen. It usually appears when there is too much humidity inside the house. Thus a dehumidifier and constant cleaning of the house can destroy it and maintain the environment safe even for an asthmatic. During spring and summer, if you suffer from asthma, it is advisable that you stay as much as possible indoors, with the windows closed. This is mainly because the pollen is very dangerous for asthmatics, being the cause of many asthma attacks. If it absolutely necessary to leave the house, then make sure that you do it at noon, and not in the morning or evening, when the concentration of pollen is high. Also wear a pollen or dust mask that will protect you against the harmful effects pollen can have on you. It is highly recommended that if you have an asthmatic in the house, you should avoid keeping pets inside because the animal hair is an allergen which can trigger very severe asthma attacks. If you are still going to keep a pet inside make sure that there is as little hair as possible inside. Vacuuming all the house, soft furniture and washing the bedding regularly can maintain a clean environment, thus diminishing the occurrence of asthma attacks.

What Is Buteyko Exercise and How It Alleviate Your Asthma Nobody wants to live their life dependable of an inhaler all their lives. Yet, the perspective of having to live with their medication at hand each and every time is the only one viable for many asthma sufferers. They are carrying on their lives without having any hope that their condition will ever improve. Yet, there are possibilities of leading a normal life even for those who suffer of asthma. Just try the Buteyko exercise and you will see how your breathing problems will diminish significantly and your asthma attacks will be reduced. But what is Buteyko exercise after all? Well, this exercise has been developed in the 1950s by a Russian medical scientist called Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko (from whom the name of this

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technique comes). It is a breathing exercise that allows asthmatics to control their breathing and reduce the need for medication. By constantly evaluating the quality of their breathing, the asthmatics begin to normalize their breath rate, which is the first step towards a normal life, without any medicine or inhaler around. The Buteyko breathing exercise is made up of three main stages: the control pause, which means that you have to exhale all the air from the lungs and then keep your breath up to one minute. The more you can keep your breath, the better your health is. Yet, it is important not to push yourself or try to hang on more than one minute. Another important step in performing this exercise is shallow breathing. This type of breathing involves deep breathing through the nose with your diaphragm. A normal shallow breathing should last 2 or 3 second for the inhale and equally as much time for the exhale. Last, but not least, it is important to have a diary in which to put down the results of your exercises. This exercise practically means the alternation of control pause and shallow breathing for a certain amount of time. After each set of control pause and shallow breathing, you must check your pulse and put down the results of your exercise (the amount of time you were in control pause, as well as the way you feel after doing this exercise). In order to be effective, this exercise must be done at least three times a day. You will see that you will be able to breathe more easily and the asthma attacks will become rarer and less severe.

What Is Shallow Breathing and What It Can Do for Your Asthma Breathing is one of the main problems which with asthmatics have to deal each and every day. They have to cope with that annoying feeling of chocking and of significant lack of air each and every day. Yet, there is one method which can increase the amount of time between asthma attacks and can give asthmatic persons the possibility to breath normally or at least almost normally all day long. This technique is called Buteyko exercise and it involves an alternation of control pause and shallow breathing. Even though you are not willing to perform the entire exercise, you should at least try the shallow breathing. This technique, which involves the inhalation of small amounts of air each time you breathe, can really improve your breathing and can prolong the time between the asthma attacks. In order to perform correctly shallow breathing, you will have to keep your posture straight and your chest in a natural position. Then, start inhaling low quantities of air through your diaphragm. Avoid filling your thoraces with air, as your interest is to take in lower amounts of air. Inhale no more than 2 or 3 seconds and use the same time in order to exhale. This will prevent you from filling your lungs with too much air. It is essential that you perform shallow breathing only by using your nose. So, whenever you are practicing this type of breathing make sure you keep your mouth closed. If by no means can you

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do that, use a tape to keep your mouth closed. This way you will be forced to breath only through your nose, which is extremely good for an asthmatic. Last, but not least, try to get used shallow breathing and replace your old style of breathing with this one. This way you will raise the level of carbon dioxide and will start breathing normally. You may not feel very comfortable with this at the beginning, but once you start practicing on a regular basis everything will seem much easier and in the end you will get used with practicing only shallow breathing.

What Is the Connection Between Proper Nutrition and Asthma Even though asthma is not associated with one certain diet and theoretically there are no restrictions to the foods and drinks you can ingest, nutrition plays a high important part in asthma evolution, just as it influences any other chronic diseases. A proper nutrition will not only have a positive effect upon your aspect, but it will also diminish the asthma attacks if you are an asthmatic. This is mainly due to the fact that proper diets, which include fresh fruits and vegetables and foods which contain high amounts of Omega 3, keep the body in good function and make the lungs work perfectly in any conditions. Thus, the breathing problems will be significantly reduced and the asthmatic will be able to breathe normally or at least have longer periods in which it does not have to use the inhaler. In contrast, people eating foods which have a high concentration of Omega 6, like margarine or processed foods, have higher risks of developing serious and more often asthma attacks as trans fats have a negative effect upon the entire body, thus on the way your lungs function, too. Another aspect related to nutrition and diet is the number of calories you ingest versus the number of calories you burn. In most of the cases, people eat more calories than they burn, which results in deposits of fat and later on to extra pounds and obesity. Studies have shown that the risk of developing asthma is much bigger for obese people than for people who have a normal weight. Thus, if you tend to have extra-large meals, which are rich in calories, you should put an end to them and start eating low calorie foods that will not create deposits of fat on your body. It is well known that obesity increases the blood pressure and causes cardiac problems, which in turn may affect the development of asthma. In fact, it is proven that people who are overweight need to take more medicine in order to cope with asthma and their capability of strenuous work is significantly reduced compared to an asthmatic who has a normal weight. Taking all the above mentioned facts into consideration, if you want to keep your asthma under control it is absolutely necessary to change your diet and choose healthy foods instead of fatty foods. Not only will you look great, but your asthma attacks will be significantly reduced.

Which Are the Signs Telling You That Your Child Has Asthma

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Sometimes, understanding what troubles your children can be quite a difficult task. This is mainly because children find it hard to explain the sensations they get when doing one or another thing and most of the times do not find the words to explain what exactly do they feel. Thus, discovering which the cause of your children’s “pains” is may not be a very pleasant or rewarding exercise. Yet, when your child is not feeling good, you will have to observe them and ask them basic questions about the sensations they get when doing particular things, like running, playing or sleeping. Asthma is one of the most common diseases which affects children. This is why it is highly important to know which its symptoms are. This will give you a clear idea about what you have to do next, plus it will function as a basis on which you can set your further observations. The first thing you will have to know about asthma is that it affects your children’s capacity of breathing. Thus, if your little one coughs frequently, has a rapid breathing or a whistling sound can be heard when breathing normally, then you should take your child to a doctor, who can confirm if what your child has is asthma. Most of the children usually have these symptoms when playing, sleeping or when laughing or crying, so you should pay attention to the way they act in each and every situation. Also, asthma is associated with pains in the chest and tightened neck and chest muscles, so you should inquire your child if they feel some kind of pain or tightness when breathing or playing. These symptoms may vary from child to child, so that it is not necessary for all children to experience these pains in order to be asthmatics. Shortness of breathing, tiredness, lack of energy, as well as periods of weakness can also be part of the asthma symptomatology. Yet, before actually jumping to the conclusion that your child has asthma, make sure that you also take them to a doctor, which can confirm or infirm the diagnosis. But it is absolutely necessary that you visit a doctor when your child has one (sometimes even cough alone can be a sign of asthma) or more of these symptoms.

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