Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways characterized by variable and recurring symptoms. Some people may have asthma and not even know it until you go to the doctor for chest pains and or shortness of breath. When I was younger, the cold weather would always make breathing hard for me and my throat would always hurt. As I got older, just breathing normally became a struggle for me at times. But if you think you might have asthma, it’s always best to see a doctor to get the right treatment and manage it.
Symptoms of asthma:
- Coughing, especially at night
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness, pain, or pressure
Not everyone with asthma has the same symptoms and therefore, it might not even occur to you to get a check up. Whether you have allergenic asthma or non-allergentic asthma, it can be manageable with the right medication and inhalers.
- Environment: There are a lot of triggers in the world we live in that can trigger an asthma attack and make it worse. Some common triggers include, but not limited, to: Smoke, harsh chemicals, allergies, exercise, and certain foods.Talk to your doctor about this and a nutritionist to see if one of these could possibly be a trigger. Cold weather can also be a trigger. So if your going to step out in the cold, make sure you wrap your neck up and dress warm. Always have your inhaler on and with you at all times.
- Stress: Another big trigger of asthma. Try to reduce the amount of stress in your life to see if that helps, and if it doesn’t, take up yoga. Yoga works for some people, but not all. It can vary depending on the person. Meditation is also a great way to relieve and reduce the amount of stress you may have.
- Exercise: Just like a trigger, certain exercises can help manage your symptoms and help you control it. Exercises that can be done should involve short intermittent periods of exertion, such as volleyball, gymnastics, baseball, and wrestling, are generally well tolerated by people with symptoms of asthma.
- Asthma Plan: An Asthma Action Plan is an important tool in managing your asthma.Talk to your doctor so he/she can help customize your Asthma Action Plan based on your symptoms, history, and current treatment. You can even create your own plan and then share it with the people you regularly come in contact with. Creating a plan is important and should be talked over with your doctor.
Asthma can especially be frustrating for children. Schedule a doctors appointment and talk to the child’s doctor on what to do and how to manage it in kids. Just because you may have asthma, doesn’t mean your life is over. Take control and take your life back!