Asthma is a chronic (long term) respiratory condition that affects many Africans. It occurs when one’s lung gets inflamed on exposure to certain materials. Common symptoms include: difficulty breathing, coughing, chest tightness. Asthma can be quite deadly so it’s important to keep it under control. We present 7 tips below to help you do so.
1. Know your trigger
Asthma is often triggered by things in the environment. Attempt to find out what it is for you and try and avoid it. Ensure your home is clean and ventilated, keep air conditioner filters free of dust, avoid dusty or smoky areas.
2. Don’t smoke
This seems obvious but quite a number of people living with asthma are smokers. Smoking damages an already compromised lung. Stay away from it and avoid second hand smoking from people who smoke.
3. Know your peak flow
A peak flow meter is advisable to have especially when you have frequent attacks. It measures your peak expiratory flow rate (PEF). This number is important to know and keep track of. A sign of an impending asthma attack is when this number starts to drop. When this is the case you may need to start using your inhalers more or go see your doctor. Use Wella Health‘s Tracking application to store your previous medical details/ records and track your PEF
4. Use your prescribed inhalers
Inhalers are usually of 2 kinds. One to prevent and one to treat. When prescribed, remember to use the preventive inhaler even when you are well. This inhaler helps prevent attacks. The treatment inhaler is for use with attacks mostly. Remember to always have your inhalers handy because you never know when an attack might start.
5. Don’t delay hospital visits when sick
Asthma attacks have the potential to become severe very quickly. Ensure you attend the hospital at the first signs of an attack that’s not improving with your usual inhaler regimen. Depending on where you are, you may need to select a good hospital before hand as not all have access to the lifesaving equipment and skills needed in a severe attack.
Exercise is good for your lungs. It helps keep it open and increase its capacity. It’s also been known to reduce the severity and frequency of attacks.
7. Eat healthily
A healthy diet free from allergens and full of fruit and vegetables is good for your whole well-being and prevention of attacks. Having a poor diet will lead to weight gain which impacts on your lung capacity.
Follow these tips and you will reap the benefits of better asthma control. Share this article round to help friends and family.