Breathing a Normal Life: Asthma Management

Asthma management can be difficult in a busy world that we live in today. You have work, kids, school and other activities that make it hard for you to monitor your health, but if you do suffer from asthma you need to make sure that you take care of it as best you can if you want to lead a normal, active lifestyle.

Here are some basic helpful tips to help you with your asthma management:

Check your Breathing

When you were diagnosed with asthma, your doctor most likely advised you to use a peak flow meter at least once a day. This is a device that is used to measure your best airflow for that day. Simply blow as hard as you can into the tube, and the tick mark will land on the maximum pressure. If it is below 50 percent, that is usually a sign that your breathing is abnormal and you need to better control it.

Take Your Medicine

The biggest part of your asthma management is taking your medicine daily. The medicine you take for your asthma depends on how mild or severe your asthma is. Some doctors prescribe a simple bronchodilator to use before or during physical activity, to open your lungs. If your asthma teeters towards severe, you will have to take both a bronchodilator as well as a steroid inhaler, to help keep your lungs open once they are. Pill forms of asthma medicine are sometimes recommended to supplement the usage of inhalers.

Stay Healthy

A healthy lifestyle is essential for anyone who wants to live a long and comfortable life. As well as taking your medicine, healthy living is an important part of asthma management. It is important to not smoke or be around someone who does smoke, as this could be a trigger for an asthma attack. Alcohol and other drugs could also be very unhealthy for someone living with asthma. Diet, exercise and refraining as much as you can from cigarettes and alcohol can help you better manage your asthma.

Taking care of your asthma doesn’t have to be hard. Asthma management is essential to avoiding being getting sick, or even being hospitalized. Monitor your breathing every day, take your medicine, and be healthy overall. These are simple factors that don’t require a lot of work; but they will certainly work for you in the long run.