Treat Asthma Naturally

Asthma is a disease that makes breathing very difficult. The air passages become inflamed and narrow making it difficult to get oxygen into the lungs. Being aware of your asthma and what triggers it is the key to preventing an asthma attack.

 

How do I know if I have asthma?

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Chest pain
  • Chest pressure
  • Symptoms of an asthma attack include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid breathing
  • Severe wheezing when breathing both in and out
  • Coughing that won’t stop
  • Chest pain and pressure
  • Retractions
  • Difficulty talking and performing daily activities
  • Feelings of anxiety and panic
  • Pale, sweaty face
  • Blue lips and fingernails

 

How can I prevent asthma?

There is no cure for asthma, but you can prevent asthma attacks and flare ups by making yourself aware of what triggers your asthma. Common triggers include:

  • Dry air
  • Cold air
  • Strong perfume
  • Stress
  • Dust mites
  • Pollen
  • Mold
  • Pet Dander

But can also be triggered by any allergy including a food allergy.
Do quit smoking, if you smoke. Smoke from cigarettes simply aggravates the lungs making problems with asthma worse.

 

How can I treat asthma?

  • Avoid pets if you’re allergic to pet dander.
  • Control dust mites by covering your mattress with an airtight cover, washing your sheets weekly and your mattress pad and blankets every two weeks, use polyester pillows in dust covers, removing carpeting, dusting frequently, wearing a mask when cleaning, and keeping your home between 25-40% humidity.
  • Minimize exposure to molds.
  • Work at reducing allergic reactions to pollens.
  • Be aware of food allergies.
  • Avoid harsh chemicals and their fumes
  • Avoid aspirin.
  • Drink a cup of coffee, caffeine helps control and prevent asthma attacks
  • Make a dust filter from a piece of cheesecloth over your heating ducts.
  • Enjoy chili peppers. They help to thin mucus and the capsaicin in them acts as an anti-inflammatory.
  • Get vitamin C. It’s the main antioxidant for the bronchi and bronchioles.
  • Eat fish high in omega-3’s , it cuts risk and prevents attacks.
  • Get vitamin B12. It protects against asthma attacks.
  • Peppermint extract in a neti pot or steaming helps to soothe irritated lungs.
  • Limit salt, it makes your lungs more sensitive.
  • Limit your animal products; dairy, for example, can trigger an asthma attack.
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