Asthma

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    sitesALIVE!
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    Marblehead, MA USA

    Rich has had asthma since he was one. He has had to avoid activities and substances that trigger his asthma. By monitoring his body, Rich has been able live normally, even running the Boston Marathon four times.

    Do you have asthma? What do you do to control your symptoms and prevent attacks? What challenges have you overcome?

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    simridhi
    Participant
    India

    No, I don’t have asthma.

    But I know some of the ways by which a asthama patient can control it.
    * We can try to take less stress.
    *One should not exercise if he or she is suffering from asthama.
    *We should practice slow breathing to avoid asthama attacks.
    *Ginger is also good to manage asthama. One can add ginger to his or her diet.

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    Dr. Chris Fanta
    Participant

    Simridhi,

    Three good strategies, each of proven effectiveness, for avoiding an attack of asthma are:

    1. Take preventive medicines on a daily basis.
    2. Avoid asthma triggers (such as cat dander in a cat-allergic person).
    3. Get the flu vaccine to prevent the viral respiratory infection caused by influenza.

    Ginger does not fit on the list of “proven effective” strategies. It may help an individual person, but for many others it will be no more effective than placebo.

    For persons in the midst of an asthma attack, useful tips – alluded to in this comment – are:

    1. Don’t panic. Stress and fear are not helpful; Follow your “asthma action plan”; Take your medications as prescribed, and get help if you need it.
    2. Rest as much as possible. If you are suffering an asthma attack, this is no time for vigorous exercise. Take it easy until you start feeling better.
    3. Slow, deep breathing is preferable to rapid, shallow breathing during an asthma attack. As best you can, take long, deep breaths in, with plenty of time to exhale and empty your lungs fully. This breathing pattern not only helps to fill your lungs but also to widen your bronchial tubes.
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