Learning to Breathe better
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Asthma attacks can range from mild to severe, however, in many cases the severity or frequency of attacks can be reduced by following a few simple steps.

Things You Will Need

  • Willingness to change routine behavior to breathe easier
  • Essential oils
  • Natural cleaners
  • Air filters
  • Meditation and deep breathing exercises

Step 1 - Reduce Chemical Exposure

Asthma sufferers can be particularly susceptible to harsh chemicals. In general, any household (or commercial) cleaner that comes with an inhalant warning should be avoided. Chemicals in an aerosol form can be particularly troublesome. To reduce the risk of an asthma attack, never use spray paints, chemical cleaners, bug spray or other harsh chemicals without donning a face mask. If at all possible, avoid them altogether. There are many products on the market that forego harsh chemicals and are made instead with eco-friendly ingredients, which are significantly better for your health.

Step 2 - Know Your Allergies

Allergies are known triggers for asthma attacks. If you have frequent asthma attacks, but aren't sure what is triggering them, discuss it with your doctor. There are several allergy tests that can be performed to pinpoint allergy indicators such as pollens, animal hair and even common household dust. If you have already undergone these types of allergy tests then you should have a fairly detailed idea of the types of triggers you can avoid to reduce the risk of an asthma attack. Be sure to stick with the protocol your doctor has prescribed, which should include preventative measures as well as reactive ones.

Step 3 - Be Mindful of the Air You Breathe

Be mindful of the air you are breathing. Air quality can greatly affect asthma sufferers. To reduce your risk of frequent or severe attacks, avoid road or construction dust, smoke, and other outdoor as well as indoor air pollutants. In your home and office, you can improve the air quality by making sure the heating and air conditioning systems are maintained on a regular basis. Changing out the filters and vacuuming the vents can make a significant difference in the air quality.

Step 5 - Learn Proper Breathing Techniques

Strenuous exercise, stress and anxiety have also been know to trigger an asthma attack. Learn proper breathing techniques and practice meditation on a regular basis to help reduce asthma symptoms.

The good news for many asthma sufferers is that the severity and/or frequency of attacks can be reduced when you change your routine to include healthier options.

For more information, visit the Asthma Center at WebMD.

Source: Personal knowledge acquired over 20+ years of managing my own asthma.

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