I have never had my asthma completely under control and never will, but I hardly ever cope with it using inhalers. I’m not saying I don’t use any kind of prescribed medication, but I prefer to avoid the inhalers as much as possible.
Asthma Coping Tip One: Avoiding Outside on Windy and Humid Days
When it gets really windy here, the pollen count is really high. Therefore, my asthma kicks up. I try to stay inside as much as possible. Not being able to breathe when it’s like this is when I use a humidifier for the moisture because the wind also dries out the air during periods of the year.
Humid days outside are the worst. It feels as if someone is sitting on my chest and making it even harder to breathe than on windy days. So a humidifier is out of the question. I don’t have a dehumidifier any longer because most of the time it had to be on.
Asthma Coping Tip Two: Avoiding Aerosol Sprays and Harsh Chemicals
We can’t avoid cleaning up around here, but I can avoid the sprays and harsh chemicals that set off my asthma. Yes, folks those chemicals we buy to clean up can and will set of a person who has asthma.
Some of the bouts I have had over the years have been set off by aerosol sprays like Hairspray, perfumes (that’s not a good thing since there are perfumes I really like screws me up worse than cigarette or cigar smoke), house household cleaners, and pretty much anything that floats around in the air.
With that in mind, I do try natural homemade cleaners so I don’t have asthma attacks while cleaning.
Asthma Coping Tip Three: Change the Filters in the Heater and AC Units
I can always tell when it’s time to change the heating unit’s air filter in the winter because there’s a distinct funkiness in the air that causes a small attack. Once it gets changed and an hour or so later, I’m all good.
The same goes to the window units we have now because the AC unit bit the dust a few years ago (there’s a long drawn out story as to why we didn’t replace it, but I don’t want to bore you to death with that one). Take them out and clean them and life is good again.
Asthma Coping Tip Four: Over-the-Counter Bronchial Aids
Sure, I could go to the doctor and get those expensive medicines, but the thought of spending more than I have to just makes me sick in a different way. I will go when I know those won’t do the trick. This isn’t something I will tell everyone to do because those with asthma needs to do what is right for them.
Asthma Coping Tip Five: Steam in the Bathroom
I seem to never get the bathroom to steam up the way my husband and daughter have. It seems when I really need that steam and moisture for my asthma, they pick the right times to make this happen.