9 healthy tips to manage Asthma

Asthma symptoms are from mild to severe.

Yesterday being the world asthma day I felicitate with all asthma sufferers encouraging them to hold on, fight and live a healthy lifestyle in other to manage their condition.

Asthma is a disease of the lungs; this condition causes the airways to be inflamed and narrow causing difficulty in breathing, wheezing, coughing, and chest tightness.

Understanding asthma
People who have asthma are said to be asthmatic. With asthma, the airways are usually inflamed (swollen), the airways are tubes that carry air to and fro the lungs, when the airways are inflamed, the muscles tighten further making breathing difficult as the airways get narrower as a result. Cells in the airways make more mucus during this episode.

Asthma symptoms are from mild to severe. You can get relief from mild asthma through minimal medication but when it is severe, it can lead you to the emergency room.

Asthma has no cure yet, but can be managed via medication, identifying your trigger and avoiding it. Individuals who suffer from asthma have an important role to play in its management.

Asthma triggers
The asthmatic individual has a sensitive airway. Some allergens and other environmental factors responsible for the frequent asthma attacks include:

  • Dust
  • Pungent smell-Strong perfumes, air fresheners etc
  • Cold air
  • Colds and flu
  • Smoke
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Exercise

Healthy tips to manage asthma

  1. Asthma triggers vary from person to person, so observe yourself very closely and identify your trigger then avoid it as much as you can.
  2. Identify your severity (mild-severe) and follow measures as prescribed by your doctor to relieve symptoms.
  3. Always keep yourself warm, don’t wear clothes that are too light and exposing especially during cold weather
  4. Stay away from household items that can trap dust such as rugs, wash your curtains regularly, and mop the floor regularly.
  5. Keep asthmatic children away from toys with furs – teddy bears.
  6. As much as you can avoid fumes from vehicles.
  7. Avoid places where trees and grasses are cut.
  8. Avoid the kitchen when they stir-fry or deep fry, also avoid the fumes from a cooking stove.
  9. Always have your inhaler handy and use properly.

Hope these tips helped. Do well to share with a friend

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Since graduating from the University of Nigeria in 2008, Oge has excelled in the physiotherapy practice, working alongside consultants in the management of patients with diverse musculoskeletal disorders. She gained most of her experience practicing in the private sector and has gained a wealth of knowledge as well as having a good relationship with patients. She is presently the CEO RichCare Physiotherapy and Wellness Center which was established in 2015, presently serving the Karu Nasarawa and Abuja environs.

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