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How To Live With Adult Asthma With A Good Management Plan

Aug 17, 2007
Learning to live with adult asthma is a daily routine for millions of people worldwide but do you know, it doesn't haven't to interfere with your quality of life. There is no cure for asthma. Avoiding certain triggers can be tricky at times but it does not have to be impossible.

Identifying Triggers

By knowing what triggers an adult asthma attack, sufferers usually go to great lengths to avoid them. In extreme cases, some have even moved away from a particular area because of the effects of pollen or industrial pollution. Here is a shortlist of common triggers:

- Animal hair, particularly cats and dogs
- House dust and dust mites
- Pollen
- Household mold such as the type that can gather in bathrooms and kitchens
- Cold air or extreme areas of cold, wet, dry or hot
- Illnesses such as colds and flus
- Air pollution including industrial and cigarette smoke

That is just a shortlist so if you are a non asthmatic and you are reading this you are probably thinking there are not too many places on this planet adult asthma sufferers can retreat to, to avoid triggers. You're right but avoiding attack is all about good management practices.

Adult Asthma Management

A visit to your health physician for the sole purpose of completing a checklist with him/her is part of the asthma management process. Why would you visit your health physician as an sufferer when you know you have asthma? If you suffer from frequent episodes then obviously something is triggering these attacks. Completing a checklist, will in all probability identify an area or object that may be responsible.

Adult Asthma Checklist Triggers

It's important not to leave "any stone unturned" when going over your checklist. Here are possible points to bring up in your discussion:

- Do you have pets? Do you find your symptoms are worse when you are around them? Next time you are away from your home for any length of time try to recognize if your symptoms improve.
- Do certain times of the year cause you more distress than others. For example, is winter a bad time for symptoms or do you find spring time when there is more pollen in the air causes your symptoms to worsen.
- Are there any areas in your house you go to that seem to worsen your symptoms? Do you have a damp basement or does visiting the bathroom for any length of time bring on symptoms?
- Do your symptoms worsen by simply walking through your garden or is there a particular variety of plant that seems to always be a factor when determining what brought on any form of adult asthma attack you may have suffered.

A shortlist such as the one listed is only a guide. Yours will be more comprehensive and remember not to leave out anything. Your doctor can then discuss and assess these points and help come up with a adult asthma management plan to help suit your lifestyle.
About the Author
Dean Caporella is a professional broadcaster. Can you minimize the incidence of adult asthma attacks? Get the latest news and views on asthma at:http://www.asthmainfoline.com
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