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Breathe Again With Good Asthma Management Practice

Aug 17, 2007
An asthma management plan can be difficult to implement for sufferers in today's hectic world but unless you understand the varying degrees of asthma attack then any management plan you have set for yourself can be futile.

Apart from avoiding the obvious triggers, sufferers should be aware of the levels of asthma attack when they occur. So here is a simple checklist you can observe which should alert you to how serious the problem is.

What Are The Main Danger Signs?

Symptoms that worsen very quickly are a sure fire indication that a serious asthma attack is taking place, particularly if the symptoms persist after using your reliever medication. If shortness of breath and chest tightness continue or return within minutes of using your medication then it's time to take further action. Any severe shortness of breath or in extreme cases, blueness of lips means urgent medical attention is required.

Attacks will usually consist of symptoms which hamper any exercise routine you undertake or require extra doses from your reliever medication. Make special note if you notice regular chest tightening and coughing particularly if these symptoms persist over any number of given days. Difficulty sleeping because of wheezing and persistent coughing at night are other give-away signs of asthma attack.

Avoiding Known Triggers

Asthma management is vital if you want to decrease the instance of attack in your life. Known triggers such as pollen sometimes can't be avoided in certain areas particularly if you are tied down because of work committments so following medical advice and keeping up with medications is vital. Smoke is a common trigger while in industrial areas, certain substances have been known to be regular triggers of asthma attack. Following good dietary practice can help in the overall management process.

When Asthma Is Being Kept At Bay

When you are feeling free of asthma it is quite easy to be lured into a false sense of security. Obviously you are doing something right and making special note of what procedures you have put in place and adhering too is essential. While it may sound trivial, writing down a checklist of your activities, no matter how trivial they may seem, makes good sense. What is your current dietary practice? Are there areas you've been avoiding lately? Have you decreased your alcohol intake? Anything you can think of; then it may be worthwhile to discuss this with your physician.

Things to notice when asthma isn't a current factor in your life include no incidence of night time coughing or wheezing; you wake up in the morning without any chest tightness or coughing symptoms; use your reliever medication fewer times in a week and can get through an exercise routine free of any symptoms.

Obviously the latter is the ideal scenario and one which sufferers strive to achieve. With proper asthma management techniques, there is no reason why it should disrupt your life on a regular basis.
About the Author
Dean Caporella is a professional broadcaster. Read reviews on minimizing asthma attack along with news and views on asthma at:http://www.asthmainfoline.com
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