Over 20 million Americans currently have asthma. Those that keep their condition under control have the same life expectancy as a non-asthmatic. Control is often as easy as following a doctor's orders and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Certain triggers, like a severe allergy season, can cause problems for anyone.
During allergy season, you need a few additional efforts help to prevent attacks and discomfort.
Control Your Diet
Maintain a healthy weight and eat a balanced diet that includes lots of foods rich in Vitamin D, magnesium, and beta-carotene. Avoid foods and beverages that contain sulfites like dried fruit, alcohol, and even fruit juice. Choose natural foods and reduce or eliminate preservatives and products with a lot of chemical ingredients.
Asthmatics should eat smaller meals and avoid gas-inducing foods. The bloat that accompanies a big meal or indigestion can put pressure on the diaphragm and make it more difficult to take a full breath.
Increase Water Intake
Histamine production is lower when the body is hydrated properly. Many people with allergy induced asthma do not realize that their lack of water consumption could be contributing to the frequency of their attacks. Aim for 64 ounces of water a day to help prevent the production of histamine, but to also help thin mucus and make it easier to clear out of the lungs.
Take Indigestion Seriously
Frequent bouts of heartburn could be a condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). There is a strong connection between the condition and asthma, although why the two are often experienced together is unknown. Acid entering the esophagus can cause causing an inflammation of the airways and could trigger an attack or worsen existing symptoms.
To control the condition, GERD sufferers should avoid lying flat when they sleep, always wear loose clothing, and eat healthy foods. Other helpful tips to prevent GERD symptoms include not smoking, eating smaller meals, and giving up bedtime snacks. Talk to a doctor about GERD if heartburn is chronic or does not respond to OTC medications or if asthma symptoms progressively grow worse.
Avoid Strong Scents
Strong scents can be enough to cause respiratory distress in people with allergies and asthma. You can’t stop every person in the world from wearing perfume or cologne, so all asthmatics can do is protect their own immediate environment.
All cleaning and laundry products, lotions, and makeup should be unscented. Do not use scented candles, air fresheners, or even garbage bags. Insist on a no-perfume or cologne rule for the home and apply the same rules to all personal vehicles. Request the same for the workplace and bring a note from the doctor if necessary.
Clean the House Carefully
Cleaning products often contain ammonia, bleach, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). All these chemicals can be asthma triggers. The use of cleaners in an enclosed space can cause attacks, even after the cleaning supplies are put away. Replace cleaning chemicals with natural solutions whenever possible and only use chemical cleaners in a well-ventilated space.
Visit Your Doctor
Attend every medical appointment and take all medication as prescribed. Request an additional visit if allergy season becomes too overwhelming. The doctor may increase dosing amounts for asthma medication or prescribe an allergy medication until pollen levels or other allergens decrease.
The best chance for a safer and more comfortable allergy season relies on the asthmatic being as healthy and in control of their condition as possible. Make diets, homes, and lifestyles more asthma-friendly because people do not have any power over how much ragweed or pollen is in the air.
At Trans Alliance Med & Drugs, we understand the importance of asthma and allergy control. Our staff fills prescriptions as quickly as possible, and our pharmacist is always happy to answer any questions people may have about their medication. Contact us today to learn more.