According to American academy of allergy asthma and Immunology, they made a discovery that an estimated 300 million people worldwide suffer from asthma, with 250,000 annual deaths attributed to the disease. It is estimated that the number of people with asthma will grow by more than 100 million by 2025.
Asthma is a disease affecting the airways that carry air to and from your lungs. People who suffer from this chronic condition (long-lasting or recurrent) are said to be asthmatic. The inside walls of an asthmatic’s airways are swollen or inflamed.
Most people with asthma can live a healthy active lifestyle when they manage their condition well. Here are the key steps that you can follow to better manage asthma.
- Take your medication seriously
One of the major way to manage asthma is to take your medication seriously as prescribed by your doctor. You need to understand how it works and when to apply them, also make sure inhaler is not far from your reach.
- Be smoke free
It is a general knowledge that smoking is harmful to one’s health. If you really want to avoid further complication as an asthmatic patient then you need to avoid smoke. Smoke has a tendency of increasing your chances of having an asthma attack, it reduces your lung function and there is a very real risk of developing chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Cigarette smoke contains 4000 harmful chemicals and is a major asthma trigger
- Be active
Although some people are afraid it might bring on an asthma attack but the truth is that being active helps a long way. Physical activity improves lung capacity, blood flow, it is calming, fulfilling and fun, and it enables you to cope better with the asthma.
- Use a peak flow meter
Peak flow meter helps to monitor the pattern of your asthma. It indicates how fast you can blow air out, when your airways are fully open you will get a high reading, and when your airways start to get narrow the reading becomes lower. This will help in managing it.
- Avoid stress
Stress is a common asthma trigger, causing you to feel anxious and short of breath. This can lead to asthma attack, so try to avoid stress.
- Visit your Doctor
Visit your doctor for regular checkup or for any other information you need to manage the asthma.