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13 Ways to Prevent Asthma Attacks...

13 Ways to Prevent Asthma Attacks...

 

An asthma attack is a sudden worsening of asthma symptoms caused by the tightening of muscles around your airways (bronchospasm). During the asthma attack, the lining of the airways also becomes swollen or inflamed and thicker mucus is produced, shown in the diagram below...

Prevent Asthma Attacks

Here are some ways to help prevent these awful asthma attacks and hopefully get them under control.

13 ways to help prevent asthma attacks!

 

1. Wash and change your bedding weekly

Washing bedding in hot water at above 55°C will kill dust mites.

2. Keep pets out of living spaces

Pet fur/hair can trigger asthma attacks so keep your pets off the furniture and out of the bedroom!

3. Keep stuffed toys and carpet to a minimum

Carpet and stuffed toys can be a magnet for dust and dust mites. If the carpet can’t be removed, you should vaccum at least twice a week.

4. Don’t let mould build up

Reduce mould by removing plants from living spaces. Remove steam and condensation in bathrooms by fitting a bathroom fan (we recommend the Manrose SCF200T).

5. Keep away from cigarettes

Smoking or breathing in second hand smoke can cause bacteria to build up on the chest and trigger asthma attacks.

6. Avoid harsh cleaning chemicals

Household cleaners can give off fumes that can damage the users airways. A handy tip is to wear a mask… or, better still, get someone else to do it!

7. Reduce stress

Stress can trigger many illnesses and asthma is no exception. Make time to relax by reading a book or going for a walk in the open air.

8. Keep an eye on air quality

Avoid areas with high pollution, especially in hot and humid weather conditions.

9. Control your seasonal allergies

Hay fever is closely related to asthma and can trigger an attack. Stay indoors when a high pollen count is given and be sure to take any prescribed medication.

10. Awareness

Make sure friends and colleagues know that you are asthmatic as they can be a lifeline during an asthma attack.

11. Keep an inhaler close

It's good practice to carry an inhaler on your person at all times. It is also beneficial to keep spares close at work, school and at home.

12. Preparation

Make sure you know where the nearest hospital is to the asthma sufferer just in case of an emergency.

13. Filter the air in your house

Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) units can filter a home’s airflow and take out dust, pollen and pollutants using specially designed filters that only have to be changed once every 5 years.

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