Treatment for Asthma Treatment
Friday, August 11th, 2006
Asthma cannot be cured, but it can be controlled with proper asthma management.
The first step in asthma management is environmental control. Asthmatics cannot escape the environment, but through some changes, they can control its impact on their health.
Listed below are some ways to change the environment in order to lessen the chance of an asthma attack:
- Clean the house at least once a week and wear a mask while doing it
- Avoid pets with fur or feathers
- Wash the bedding (sheets, pillow cases, mattress pads) weekly in hot water
- Encase the mattress, pillows and box springs in dust-proof covers
- Replace bedding made of down, kapok or foam rubber with synthetic materials
- Consider replacing upholstered furniture with leather or vinyl
- Consider replacing carpeting with hardwood floors or tile
- Use the air conditioner
- Keep the humidity in the house low
The second step is to monitor lung function. Asthmatics use a peak flow meter to gauge their lung function. Lung function decreases before symptoms of an asthma attack – usually about two to three days prior. If the meter indicates the peak flow is down by 20 percent or more from your usual best effort, an asthma attack is on its way.
The third step in managing asthma involves the use of medications. There are two major groups of medications used in controlling asthma – anti-inflammatories (corticosteroids) and bronchodilators.
- Difficulty breathing
- Blue or gray colored lips and fingernails.
- Chest pain or tightness in the chest
- Cough Shortness of breath.
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
- Pollen from grass, weeds, trees, flowers and shrubs.
- Mold and mildew
- Tobacco smoke.
- Air pollution
- Colds and other respiratory infections.
- Cold weather.