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Adjusting Your Lifestyle With Asthma


Exercise is important in a lifestyle that properly treats asthma. While some asthmatics suffer from exercise-induced asthma, it is important for other asthmatics to get proper nutritional diets, treatment, 

medication and/or herbal remedies, exercise, and avoiding triggers that can exacerbate the effects of asthma. Since unconsciousness can result from an asthmatic attack, it is a good idea to wear a bracelet that identifies that you have asthma in order for emergency personnel to treat you quickly and appropriately.

You should obtain a peak flow meter and use it on a daily basis. This device monitors your breathing in order to see how well your lungs are functioning. Record your meter readings on a regular basis to determine your best peak flow number. This will assist in knowing whether your condition is under control. It is best to take a reading in the morning. Although it isnít a complex machine, your doctor will demonstrate how to use the meter properly. Peak flow meters can actually assist in predicting asthma attacks before they start. 

You should ask your doctor about what will trigger an attack (although you may have some ideas about what can trigger an attack based on your own experience). Your doctor may have suggestions about how to tell if you are in need of emergency medical treatment. Many asthmatics use medications or herbal remedies before they begin exercise in order to lessen the likelihood of an asthma attack.

Letís talk next about exercise. The Lung Association has several recommendations to asthmatics who want to exercise. These are:
Test yourself to see if you are not suffering or may suffer from an attack.
Keep your inhaler or other medications with you at all times.
Warm up and cool down properly.
Protect yourself from other asthma triggers such as cold air, smog, pollen, etc.
Before exercising, walk, stretch, and do other low-level activities.
If you have any symptoms, quit exercising.
If you have a cold, flu, or respiratory infection, you should avoid exercise until you are well.
Scuba diving is out of the question. It is very dangerous to scuba dive if you are asthmatic.
If your asthma is controlled, you should be able to do any other type of exercise.
If your asthma is not under control, exercise is more likely to be a trigger to an attack. If your asthma is well controlled, exercise will be beneficial to you.
You are more likely to suffer an asthma attack if you exercise in cold air, low humidity, smog and pollution in the air, being around grass, pollen, or ragweed, near strong fumes from products such as art supplies, cosmetics, and smoke, near car or truck exhausts and factory pollutants, if you are fatigued, or if you are under stressful circumstances.

Many of these tips are just common sense but it is occasionally important to review and observe these helpful guidelines before exercising.

Note: Some statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice.

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