Today is World Asthma Day. World Asthma day is an annual event organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness.
Here are a few useful tips to prevent asthma attacks from happening:
1) Have an asthma action plan
With a health care professional, set out a thorough action plan. The plan should include the taking of any medication, any exercises and what you should do if you have an asthma attack. Sticking to a plan like this can reduce the chances of having an attack.
2) Know your triggers
Asthma triggers can be anything from something you eat to your surroundings or even how you are feeling. Triggers can also be things such as colds, chest infections, smoking, second-hand smoke, mould, pollen, having sex, animals, exercise, stress, and many others. Because it can be a great number of things that cause asthma attacks and they are different for, it is important to know what commonly triggers you to have an attack. Identifying these triggers can help you avoid situations that may include them, and therefore reduce your chances of an attack.
3) Get vaccinated regularly
Keeping up to date with regular vaccinations can prevent nasty illness such as the flu and pneumonia which can cause asthma flare-ups.
4) Keep track of your asthma
It is really important to know yourself when it comes to preventing attacks. Knowing your regular breathing patterns can help you consciously realise an impending attack and the sooner you act, the less likely you are to have a severe attack. Example of things to look out for would be shortness of breath, wheezing, and unexplained couching.
5) Pay attention to how often you take your inhaler
Quick-relief inhalers such as Albuterol are a great tool, but it is important to be conscious of how often you use your inhaler. If you find yourself relying on it more and more to keep your asthma at bay then talk to your GP about alternatives.
6) Get help
You should never ignore any symptoms. If you think you may be suffering from asthma or if you feel that your symptoms are become more frequent or worse than normal, talk to you doctor and make sure you get the help you need.
Hypnotherapy can help! While some asthma triggers cannot be controlled, if you realise that a trigger of yours may be related to stress or emotions, hypnotherapy could be the help you need to avoid these circumstances. For more information contact a therapist here.