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13 Things that Trigger Asthma, Tips to Reduce Asthma Episodes
Asthma is a lung disease, which causes a diminished amount of air to the lungs. This is a disease of the bronchi, which is known as bronchial asthma. Asthma can cause shortness of breath, tightness in the lungs, wheezing, and coughing. Some cases of asthma are due to nervous tension and can be approved when the patient's emotional problems are solved. More than half the cases are extrinsic asthma which can be triggered by: foods, medications, and allergens in the air.
Chronic asthma comes in episodes instead of constantly. An asthma episodes will cause wheezing and shortness of breath. This means careful attention is needed to monitor breathing patterns, and other asthma symptoms. Asthma is diagnosed in people of all ages, from babies to the elderly.
Things that Can Trigger Asthma Symptoms
- Too much stress
- Excessive exercise
- Pollution (smog)
- Mold or mildew
- Weather changes
- Dust, dust mites, pollen
- Common cold or flu
- Bacterial or viral infections
- Pets and/or their fur
- Smoke (cigarette, pipe, or cigar)
- House cleaning products that contain bleach or ammonia.
- Perfumes, hair sprays, and other chemicals
The Symptoms of Asthma
Asthma effects normal respiratory breathing in asthma patients. Eating less dairy products can help asthma to improve, and drinking more water. Vitamin C is necessary for increasing better health in asthmatic patients; vitamin C helps clear up mucous found in the lungs. It's best to decrease the intake of dairy products to one dairy product a day or none. And increasing products that contain vitamin C will lower the asthma symptoms. Products that contain vitamin C are: apples, 100% orange juice, kiwi, watermelon, pears, real lemonade, and other fruits.
Common asthma symptoms: wheezing, shortness of breath, chest pain, itchy or sore throat, coughing, stuffy or runny nose, and feeling tired. Some asthma symptoms can be prevented by: using plastic covers for bed-mattresses, washing blankets, curtains, sheets, and pillows in hot water with liquid detergent.
Try vacuuming the carpets daily, and moping tiled floors. A home that is dust free and mildew free will assist with lowering breathing problems, and allergic reactions in asthma patients. Other tips for decreasing asthma symptoms are: staying away from cigarette smoke environments, get rest after walking or other activities, stay away from pets, visit a doctor regularly, and wash stuffed animals.
Also follow instructions on inhaler label for better results on inhaling your medication, and clean inhaler with hot water daily. After having an asthmatic episode it's a good idea to sit up straight and relax.
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