[toc]In Asthma attack the lining of the airways become swollen or inflamed, thicker mucus is formed all these leading to difficulty in breathing, coughing, wheezing, sneezing. It can be due to some allergies such as smoke, pollen, pollution, dust, certain food, medications, after effects of certain illness, hormonal fluctuations.
Stress and anger can also lead to asthma attack. While there is no definite cure for asthma it can be prevented by creating certain favorable conditions and keeping allergies at bay. Mostly asthma triggers in home due to the presence of dust mites, molds, pollens, pets, cockroaches, and household irritants. Certain lifestyle changes when made will help to prevent asthma.
Methods To Prevent Asthma Attacks
Protection Against Dust Mites
See to it that all your beddings and curtains are washed off weekly in hot water. See to it that your pillows and bedding does not contain feathers. Keep your house dust free by regularly cleaning it. Don’t carpet the house. Wear a mask while using a vacuum cleaner.
Not to clean the house in front of the child if he/she is suffering from asthma. Don’t keep your house cluttered, make a place for everything in the house and see to it that they are in that place. This will also bring a sense of well being in the person.
Protection Against Mold, Mildew And Insects At Home
See to it that you air the areas of your home were it is more humid or damp. Clean the bathrooms and toilets regularly with disinfectants, again not to do this if your child is near and suffering from asthma as the strong smell can trigger asthma and if you yourself are a sufferer then please wear a mask to avoid the smell.
Avoid indoor plants. Use insect sprays regularly in the house to avoid cockroaches and other insects. Lastly keep your house properly ventilated.
Avoid Trigger Foods
Watch out the eating habits of the sufferer. See to it after eating which food, asthma is triggered, cut down on those foods. Certain food allergens diagnosed as asthma triggers are milk, eggs, peanuts, soy, wheat, fish, shellfish, and tree nuts.
Try and avoid these foods if your asthma is related to food allergies. Avoid sulfites that are used in food preparations or processing or as a preservative agent which is always listed in the food label as this might trigger asthma.
Mild exercise is always beneficial. People fear exercising in the belief that it might trigger asthma. Keep a check on yourself and see to it that you don’t overexert yourself. Regular mild exercises infact reduces the cortisol level in the body related to fear, stress and overall a feeling of well being is developed and also proves beneficial in reducing the frequency of asthma.
It increases the serotonin levels which are associated with feelings of well being and dopamine which when low leads to depression.
These small things will increase your serotonin and dopamine levels related to feeling of wellbeing and reducing depression .It will also reduce the cortisol levels in the body thus effectively reducing stress.
Other Simple Measures
Don’t smoke in front of your child as it could trigger asthma, better quit smoking for the general well being of all. Avoid outdoor activities during extreme weather conditions such as extreme cold, heat or rain. Avoid pets if they are the reason of trigger. Avoid perfumes and deodorants. Avoid polluted environements. Wash hands frequently to prevent cold virus. Last but not the least take your medicines regularly i.e., follow your doctor.