Asthma can be a stressful and a debilitating condition, but anyone suffering from the effects of asthma can take comfort knowing that many people (including famous athletes and celebrities) successfully manage their asthma on a daily basis. Even if you suffer from severe asthma, there are many steps you can take to dramatically improve your condition. As always, consult a physician or asthma specialist to learn more about living with asthma.
Here are a few steps you can take to manage your asthma:
1. Keep Your Home (And Carpets) Clean
For asthma sufferers, a vacuum can become your best friend. Keeping your home clean will help eliminate allergens and pollutants from the air that can cause your asthma to flare up. It is preferable to remove carpets from the bedroom if possible. Dust mites, pet dander, mold and other irritants can become trapped in poorly maintained carpet. Get in the habit of vacuuming 2-3 times a week, changing sheets and pillowcases often, and getting your carpet professionally cleaned once or twice a year. If possible, the person with asthma should not be in the room while vacuuming, as it creates clouds of dust in the room.
2. Know Yourself and Your Triggers
Just as those with food allergies and dietary restrictions must avoid certain foods, people with asthma have to be aware of the activities that trigger asthma and adjust their behavior accordingly. For example, if you find that yelling triggers your asthma symptoms, be careful at sporting events and concerts not to strain your voice. Part of living with asthma is accepting that you will have to exercise a bit more care and caution in certain situations than others around you.
3. Enroll in an Asthma Management Program
Many communities offer Asthma Management Programs that can help tackle the effects of asthma in a group setting. Talking with others and learning how they are living with asthma is often an invaluable resource and motivation for other people with asthma. Finding a group of people who understand what you’re going through can really make a difference in how you manage the challenge of living with asthma.
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