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3 Money-Saving Ways to Treat Asthma
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
- 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.
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, 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.
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.