Asthma is mostly called an “episodic disease” which means it flares up from time to time, rather than causing every-day distress.
Asthma is caused by your air passageways becoming oversensitive to various environmental conditions. When an attack occurs, the airways swell and make if difficult to breath. It often corrects itself, but sometimes medication is needed to prevent serious harm to the asthma victim.
Asthma is more common in children than adults, and many children outgrow it. Yet, many people battle asthma all their lives.
Here are some natural ways you can battle your asthma attacks:
1. Onions to the rescue: Onion extract on guinea pigs has shown that it can be a major anti-asthma agent. Studies on humans have also shown that onion extract inhibited bronchial asthma. While you may not have a bottle of onion extract handy, try chewing on a slice of onion to treat your bronchial asthma attack.
2. And once again, it’s vitamin C to the rescue, at least for some people. This is not a quick solution, but it will shrink the air passageway sooner.
3. Watch your environment and avoid those foods that may trigger you. Many asthma attacks are associated with allergies. If that’s the case, you are likely already aware of the places, conditions and foods that make asthma attacks likely.
4. Check your reaction to aspirin and aspirin-like drugs. These can be a major source of asthma attacks. Indomethacin, which is commonly used as an anti-inflammatory for arthritis and other conditions, is also a likely asthma culprit. If you react to them, avoid them and use aspirin substitutes.
5. Monitor your lifestyle changes. Your asthma condition will change if there’s a change in your lifestyle due to environmental factors. Or, you may develop an intolerance to a certain drug or a sensitivity to a new substance. If you are taking any medications, tell your doctor or pharmacist about any asthma attacks you think may be associated with the drug.
6. Remember, emotional stress can trigger asthma attacks. If that’s the, maybe it’s time for a “time out” and to find a quiet place to sit or lie down for a minute.
Some Breathing Tips for Asthmatics
(1) Try breathing through your nose when cold or windy weather leaves you breathless. This makes air moist and easier on the air passages.
(2) Wrap a scarf or muffler around your nose and mouth to retain moisture in cold dry weather.
(3) Avoid dry air and overheating your home. Warm, humid air leads to less asthma attacks. Woods stoves and fireplaces really dry out the air, so avoid these it you can. Too humid is no good either.
(4) Try pursed lip breathing. Do it this way: Close your mouth and inhale through your nose. Purse your lips and exhale slowly through your mouth. Count as you exhale; exhale for twice as long as you inhale.
(5) Don’t breath too hard or fast-that may lead to more airway constriction.
(6) Don’t hold your breath between inhaling and exhaling
(7) Stop if the pursed lip exercise makes you dizzy or lightheaded.
Other asthma tips:
Coffee has been shown to help asthma attacks because of the shrinking effects provided by caffeine.
Over-the-counter asthma products can be very effective take advantage of them!