Asthma is a chronic disease that is caused by swelling in the breathing tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs, it’s characterized by its reoccurring attacks of breathlessness and wheezing, which vary in severity and frequency from person to person.
Those affected with asthma often have difficulties breathing due to the lung condition. Symptoms may occur several times in a day or week in affected individuals, and for some people become worse during physical activity or at night.
According to World health organization, an estimated number of 235 million people are suffering from asthma around the world and about 15 million Nigerians are living with the condition.
World Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma every first Tuesday of May a theme helps to create awareness on how to manage the disease and the theme for this year is “Better air better breathing”.
To commemorate the world asthma day we have compiled for you simple ways to manage asthma because asthma cannot be cured but can only be managed.
It can affect people of all ages, sometimes it’s diagnosed in childhood and even later in life. However, some people do outgrow the condition as they get older.
Below are the simple ways to manage Asthma
Identify Triggers and Avoid them
Specific triggers can increase frequent attacks of asthma. Knowing what triggers your asthma is an important part of prevention and control. According to Costello, the cause of your asthma may lie in your foods. “Certain foods contain high levels of sulphites, which can make asthma worse in some people, or alternatively dairy can make some people’s symptoms worse.
Check for Allergies
A research on asthma management reviewed that there is a strong link between allergies and asthma. Allergies to house dust mites, pets, pollen, chemicals in preservatives known as sulphites and some medicines can cause asthma so try to avoid them.
If you haven’t gotten enough out of from this total body and mind practice, here is another benefit. The deep breathing was shown in studies to help asthmatics reduce hyperventilation and in turn improve symptoms and outcomes, particularly during attacks. Regular yoga practice helps focus on deep and prolonged breathing to improve airflow and can be extremely beneficial during asthma attacks.
The Use of Ginger
Researchers found that when combined with commonly used inhaled asthma medications, ginger enhanced airway dilation more than medication alone. The ginger compounds used to treat airway smooth muscle are thought to work by directly reducing contraction of the muscles surrounding the airways.
Try to maintain a healthy weight
Carrying excess weight can also have a negative impact on asthma control. Studies show that obesity can lead to higher rates of asthma. “Obesity is a big factor in poor asthma control,” researchers revealed. “As your body mass index (BMI) goes up, asthma control tends to go down.
By all mean, avoid smoking and smoke environments
Cigarette smoke contains 4000 harmful chemicals and is a major asthma trigger. Around three quarters of people with asthma become wheezy in a smoky room, so avoiding cigarette smoke is an important way to help keep your asthma under control, as well as the people around you.