I have had asthma all my life (24 years), so I consider myself an expert.
Asthma is the process in which the bronchioles in the lungs tighten to the point in which breathing capacity is severly diminished....pretty much
little airsacs in your lungs get so tight air can't go in, thus fooling your body into thinking your lungs are full, when they are only working at a
small percent of their ability...
Asthma is allergy induced for the most part, however, if you aren't in good shape, your body can make you think asthma is setting in during strenuous
Asthma treatment entails several different areas:
Prevention with medication: Prescribed pills such as Theophylyn (Theo-dur) and allergy pills like Singulair, Zyrtec, Claritin, etc aid in the
prevention of allergy induced asthma attacks. Prednisone, a steroid pill is also used during bad times of the year to help prevent attacks. Also,
inhaled steroids such as Flovent, Serevent, and Advair are forms of preventive medicine. Usually, these drugs are used daily at a set time for
Prevention with lifestyle: Keeping a healthy body, staying in shape, and knowing your limits are all steps in making sure you don't have an
After an attack: There are all types of treatments for an attack. Inhalers like Ventolin and Albuterol are used as temporary solutions. Nebulizers
(breathing machines) compress liquid forms of medication like Albuterol along with Saline solution to form a "mist" that is inhaled through a mask
Non-medicinal things that help after an attack:
Sit in the bathroom with the shower on as hot is it can go and the door closed...kind of like a sauna....the humidity can help loosen tightened
Horehound candy seems to help me...along with peppermints...
The most useful thing I have found to do is not to panic.....I know it is hard to do when you can't breathe, but relax...take deep breaths,
For the most part, my asthma is under control. I'm overweight (6 ft tall and 265 lbs) but have no problem getting out playing basketball, cutting
the grass, taking a walk, etc. The main thing about asthma is you have to understand what it is doing to you and how to prevent it from doing it. I
have numerous allergies that include: eggs, almonds, pecans, walnuts, chestnuts, grasses, pollens, weeds, dust, all animals with any kind of fur,
bananas, watermelon, etc, etc, etc...I have been allergy tested 3 times in my life (skin prick method) and every time, I was allergic to everthing
they tested me for.
Right now, the only medicine I have is Advair 500/50, Albuterol, and Singulair. To be honest, I don't even take the Advair and Singulair like I am
supposed to. I use the Albuterol too much. My doctor is concerned that asthma patients can become too dependant on Albuterol and has threatened to
stop me on it alltogether. You have to be careful because it can become a "quick fix" type drug that you use subconsciously.
The best way to curb your asthma is to stay away from your main allergens. Mine are the furry animals...lol. My wife and I can't have an inside pet.
We have a rabbit, but he stays outside. If I go to someone's house that has indoor pets, I stay outside.
If I'm around it, the eyes get itchy,
sneezing starts, shortness of breath...ASTHMA!!! Wear one of those painters mouth/nose masks when youre cutting the grass...you may look like a dork,
but you wont be breathing in unclean air...
Just because you feel like you can't breathe doesn't mean youre having an attack. You shouldnt pull out the inhaler and puff. You need to sit down,
breathe deep, and you'll be surprised how many times you can regain your normal breathing with a little rest. A true attack will put you in the
hospital. Anything else is usually just your normal, everyday, out of shape, catching your breath episode.
Hopefully, this has been informative. If you would like anymore questions answered, let me know!