Asthma and Self Care

Asthma is a common long-term inflammatory disease of the airways of the lungs, characterized by various recurring symptoms. Asthma can be minor and it interferes with daily activities, sometimes it even leads to a life-threatening attack.

Learning to identify and avoid triggers can help prevent asthma attacks. Most people manage their asthma at home with the help of an asthma action plan that explains what type and how much asthma medication to use. It also includes when to call the doctor or go to an emergency room.

Steps that may help in Self Care and prevent Asthma.

  • Running your air conditioner
  • Avoiding pet dander
  • Wearing a mask when cleaning (or having someone clean house for you)
  • Encasing pillows, mattresses, and box springs in dust-proof covers
  • Choosing hardwood floors instead of carpeting and blinds instead of drapes
  • Getting regular exercise (wearing a face mask when it’s cold)
  • Staying at a healthy weight
  • Eating a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables

When to see your Doctor in case of Asthma attacks.

  • If you have never been diagnosed with asthma but are wheezing and having other mild symptoms, call your doctor.
  • If you are taking asthma medication, but still having frequent attacks, call your doctor.
  • You may need to change your treatment plan.
  • If rescue medications aren’t helping to control symptoms of an asthma attack and you can’t reach your doctor, get immediate medical help.
  • If you have blue lips, extreme difficulty breathing, or other symptoms of a severe attack, immediately rush to the nearest doctor or hospital

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