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3 Money-Saving Ways to Treat Asthma

Updated on March 29, 2015

Are you struggling to breathe? Maybe you’re having an asthma attack. Dealing with asthma is annoying and frustrating because it hinders your ability to breathe. It’s easy to treat asthma with over the counter meds. Unfortunately, most of these drugs are offered in head-scratching prices. It’s not easy to earn money nowadays so you must be practical at all times. So if you want to learn how to treat asthma without buying expensive over the counter meds, read along!

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that inflames and narrows your bronchial tubes. An asthma attack is common to people of all ages. And if it’s is severe and not treated immediately, it may result to death.

The Symptoms of Asthma

When asthma attacks, your chest will tighten and you’ll have difficulty in breathing. Also, you’ll suffer from coughing and wheezing (a high-pitched sound that comes from your chest when you’re breathing).

Causes of Asthma

It is important to be aware of the causes of asthma because prevention is always better than treatment. If you can avoid the causes, then of course you can prevent the attacks from happening. So here are the asthma triggers:

  • Sudden weather change
  • Allergies
  • Stress
  • Excessive physical activity
  • Respiratory infections like colds
  • Environmental irritants like dust and smoke

But sometimes you can’t be too careful. There will be situations where you can’t avoid the asthma triggers. So when an attack occurs, here are 3 money-saving ways to treat asthma.

Coffee

The caffeine in coffee can help relieve and prevent asthma attacks because it serves as a bronchodilator. And the higher the caffeine content, the faster the result. Also, coffee is effective against asthma attacks because it calms you down and allows you to breathe easier. However, drinking too much may cause you to palpitate. So don’t lean on your cup of Joe as a regular treatment and avoid drinking it more than three times a day.

Ginger

Ginger, one of the healthiest foods in the world, is effective against several illnesses including asthma. In fact in a study published in the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, it is found that ginger helps the airways to relax. Also, its anti-inflammatory properties can reduce the inflammation in your airways.

Here’s how to use ginger to treat asthma:

  • Chop the ginger into small pieces
  • Put your ginger in a saucepan and add boiling water into it.
  • Steep for five minutes
  • Let it cool and then you can drink it

If you want, you may also eat your ginger raw. Just add a pinch of salt to improve the taste.

Chili Peppers

Eating chili peppers can relieve asthma attacks. Capsaicin, an ingredient that makes chilli peppers hot and spicy, can open up your airways. It also melts the sticky mucus formed in your lungs into a thin fluid. And when it’s thin, you can easily expel it out of your system through coughing.

These money-saving asthma treatments are truly effective. But if you’ve tried them already and your asthma wasn’t relieved, it means the attack is severe. When that happens, you should go visit your doctor.

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      Carpe Diem 2 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Successful Living,

      Thanks for the insightful comment! I agree. These methods can relieve mild to moderate asthma attacks. But if the attack is life-threatening, the patient should use prescription drugs or go to the hospital.

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      Sherry Vacik 2 years ago from Prague, Czech Republic

      Helpful article! These remedies do work for asthma and even regular coughs. But it is also good to mention that while these remedies are helpful in relaxing airways and beating inflammation, they cannot stop a life-threatening asthma attack. These home remedies are great additions to an asthma management plan, but it is generally not recommended to use them alone to control and stabilize asthma flare-ups or asthma attacks. Patients with persistent forms of asthma need to take daily medications prescribed by their doctor and avoid asthma triggers.

      Another helpful remedy is chocolate! It contains some of the same substances found in coffee. These substances work to relax the smooth muscles of the airways and calm the vagus nerve (part of the coughing mechanism). Chocolate with about 70% cocoa is the best. Milk chocolate isn't so helpful.

      I'm not a doctor or a healthcare professional and this is not medical advice--just a heads-up from a life-long asthma patient. I've had asthma all my life, and also have two kids with asthma. I do make use of ginger, chocolate and caffeine when my asthma's acting up a little bit; these home remedies do work to soothe coughs, too. These alternative remedies are a part of my asthma management plan, along with inhaled corticosteroids and other medications taken daily.

      Again, helpful article! Thanks for sharing!

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      Carpe Diem 2 years ago from Philippines

      I'm glad you like it Carl.

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      Carl 2 years ago

      Thanks for this useful article. Coffee works for me all the time!