Asthma Treatment - All the Techniques That Work
What are some
effective allergic asthma treatment options that I can use to reduce
symptoms and asthma attacks?
Of all the types of asthma, allergic asthma is the most common, especially
in children. As a matter of fact, 90% of children suffering from
asthma also have allergies to one or more allergens.
Allergens are any chemicals or any substance that trigger an asthma attack or create
symptoms of asthma.
- Dust mites feces
- Animal dander
- Animal saliva
- Preservatives in food
- Food colouring
In addition to allergens, irritants are any substance that can make
asthma symptoms worse and possibly trigger an asthma attack. Irritants,
however, do not cause allergic reactions.
- Air pollution
- Smoke from tobacco or fire
- Cold air (playing ice hockey, jogging in
the cold, etc...)
- Chemical fumes
- Scented cosmetic products
exposure to allergens!
Allergic asthma treatment
techniques ALWAYS include reducing exposure to allergens.
No amount of medications will help if you are continuously exposed to
the substances that make your asthma symptoms worse!
Below are some of
the best ideas recommended by experts.
When possible, stay indoors when the news reports that the pollen count is high. Many
large cities track pollen count. Keep
the windows closed to prevent pollen from entering the home.
If it's hot, use a room air conditioner. Make sure the air conditioner
is maintained and does not have molds.
Dogs and Cats
and Stuffed Animals
Keep pets away from the bedroom and preferably outdoors. Also, find out
if you are allergic to your pets. This can be done with a skin test.
Stuffed animals can cause allergic reactions in kids because they
attract and hold allergens. If they can be washed (and buy those that
can be!), wash them in hot water on a regular basis.
Avoid molds by keeping the bathroom (especially), bedrooms and kitchen
dry. The exhaust fan in the bathroom is designed to bring the humidity
down after a shower. Use it and put it on a timer so that it runs for
20 to 30 minutes to exhaust all the moist air after a shower or bath.
The humidity in the rooms should be less than 40% to prevent the growth of
molds. Buy a humidity meter to find out as they are not expensive.
HEPA Filter Air Cleaners
A HEPA filter air cleaner running in the bedroom will keep allergens in
the air such as dust, dirt and smoke under control. Avoid using air
filters with an ionizer or electrostatic air cleaners. Many of them
produce ozone that irritates the airways.
Find out if you are allergic to pollen, weeds or grass. You may have to
give up gardening if you are sensitive. Otherwise, wear long-sleeve
clothing, gloves and N95 mask to avoid contact as much as possible.
You may have to consider hiring someone else to cut your grass and do
gardening work for you if you have severe allergies.
Vacuum weekly and only use a HEPA grade vacuum cleaner. Better yet, get
a central vacuum system. This way, all the exhaust goes into the garage
instead of back into the room! (Watch out, your garage might become
very dusty and you might get an asthma attack when you enter the
Replace all the carpets in your bedroom with hardwood or
laminates. You can never remove all dust and allergens in the carpet no
matter how well you vacuum!
Cover your bed sheets, pillows and box spring with allergy proof
covers. You can kill of dust mites by washing the bed sheets and pillow
cases weekly in hot water.
Dust collects on all horizontal surfaces like bookshelves, night tables and
decorative trims. Make sure you vacuum all these surfaces regularly.
dust with a duster. Even those static dusters that are supposed to
attract and hold dust do not do a good job. Get rid of dust by wiping
them away with a wet cloth. This will actually grab and hold all the
dust and prevent them from being simply redistributed.
sweep! Always vacuum with a HEPA filter fitted vacuum cleaner.
Vertical blinds are dust magnets! Look at how much horizontal surfaces
they have for dust collection! Clean them regularly with a wet cloth.
Over-the-Counter Non-Prescription Medications
Anti-histamines such as Zyrtec,
Reactine, Aerius, Claritin and Clarinex can be taken once a day to
reduce allergic symptoms. Ask your pharmacist for a recommendation suited for you.
Allergic Asthma Treatment - Prescription Medications
Two main groups of prescription medications are available for prevention and for treatment.
medications, either as inhaled medications or pills taken by mouth are
highly effective allergic asthma treatment options.
Take them as directed by your healthcare professional and they will reduce or
eliminate the symptoms and prevent asthma attacks.
You doctor and
pharmacist can provide complete details on how to use them properly.
Allergic Asthma Treatment Natural Cure - What Can You Use?
See Natural Asthma Cures
for a list of natural remedies that are helpful in reducing
inflammation and preventing asthma symptoms. Many of these
supplements can go a long way to controlling asthma symptoms.
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