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Allergic 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.

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Common Allergens
  • Pollen
  • Molds
  • Dust mites feces
  • Animal dander
  • Animal saliva
  • Foods
  • 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.

Common Irritants
  • Dust
  • Air pollution
  • Smoke from tobacco or fire
  • Cold air (playing ice hockey, jogging in the cold, etc...)
  • Perfumes
  • Chemical fumes
  • Scented cosmetic products


Avoid 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.


Pollen

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.


Controlling Molds

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.


Outdoors and Gardening

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.


Indoor Air Quality

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 garage!)

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!


Bed Sheets and Pillows

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.


Cleaning Techniques

NEVER 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.

NEVER 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.

Prescription 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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References: Allergic Asthma Treatment
Revised: January 23, 2011

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