September 19, 2020

Asthma self help

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Managing asthma is not something your doctor can do for you all by himself. Asthma self help is an important part of treating and managing this condition. The task of minimising the risk of asthma attack on a daily basis is largely up to you. Here are some suggestions:

1. Follow your doctor’s orders.

2. If you smoke, quit.

3. Keep the house dust-free or as close to dust-free as possible. Use a cylinder vacuum instead of an upright – preferably one that encloses the vacuum cleaner bag inside a solid canister to minimise pumping dust back into the air.

4. If you can, remove carpets and heavy draperies. If you can’t remove them, vacuum them frequently.

5. Avoid using down feather pillows and comforters, and use a plastic cover on your mattress. Mattresses and pillows, including stuffed animals and other “soft” decorations, can harbour
dust mites.

6. Cover your mouth and nose with a scarf if you go abroad and encounter cold weather.

7. If your asthma is triggered by allergens, monitor the outside air quality daily. Avoid open fields and woodsy areas during peak pollen seasons, and take extra care when air quality is in danger ranges.

8. Beware of mould. Dry laundry immediately, and wash and disinfect bathrooms and showers regularly. Remove houseplants, as mould grows in their soil.

9. Pet dander also triggers asthma symptoms. If you can’t part with your pet, keep it out of the bedroom.

10. Be aware of any food or ingested allergies, and avoid foods and drinks that cause allergic reactions.

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