The theme of World Asthma Day 2018 is “Never too early, never too late. It’s always the right time to address airways disease”.
Asthma is a condition which causes breathlessness, wheezing, coughing and chest tightness. As a health condition, asthma cannot be cured but can be controlled by bringing in a few lifestyle changes.
Asthma is known to be one of the most chronic health conditions among children. If it is under-diagnosed or under-treated, it can create a huge burden on the individuals and families. World Asthma Day 2018 is meant to raise awareness about asthma and asthma control.
How to prevent asthma attacks
1. Use allergy-proof covers on pillows and mattresses.
Wash bedding weekly in hot water (above 130 degrees F) to get rid of dust mites and use a dehumidifier to reduce excess moisture and help prevent mold in your home. You can also cover mattresses and pillows with plastic covers.
2. Avoid areas where people smoke.
Breathing smoke – even secondhand smoke and smoke on clothing, furniture or drapes – can trigger an asthma attack. Be sure to ask for a smoke-free hotel room when traveling.
3. Avoid known triggers
Avoid dust, pollen, cold and irritants. Do not allow pets in bedrooms or on furniture. Pet dander – a common asthma trigger – is often difficult to avoid entirely because for many of us, our pets are just like members of the family
4. Fix leaky faucets.
Mold is a common asthma trigger. To reduce mold in your home, remove household plants and keep bathrooms clean and dry by opening a window or using a bathroom fan during showers or baths.
5. Stay indoors during the humid weather and change of seasons.
6. Avoid harsh cleaning products and chemicals.
Fumes from household cleaners can trigger asthma. Avoid inhaling fumes at home and prevent exposure away from home as much as possible.
7. Reduce stress.
Intense emotions and worry often worsen asthma symptoms so take steps to relieve stress in your life. Make time for things you enjoy doing – and for relaxation.
8. Make sure people around you know you have asthma.
It’s important for family members, friends, co-workers, teachers, and coaches to be able to recognize symptoms of an asthma attack – and know what to do if one occurs
9. Do not use fans in closed and dusty places
10. Take your asthma medications regularly
Carry your medications and inhalers whenever you travel. Follow policies at your child’s school to make sure he or she is allowed to carry an inhaler and any other emergency rescue medications that may be necessary. Make sure the school nurse knows your child has asthma.
11. Learn to identify attacks in the early stage and take measures immediately
Breathing exercises may help reduce and even prevent asthma attacks if followed regularly.
12. Visit your doctor regularly
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