Top Tips for Taking Control of Your Asthma
Posted on October 08 2018
Asthma is a common lung disorder that causes difficulty in breathing. It affects 339 million people worldwide and is ever increasing. Its symptoms include breathlessness, wheezing, tight chest and in its more severe cases, asthma has claimed the lives of its sufferers. In this article, I am going to talk about my own experiences with asthma and how a few simple things, like installing a dehumidifier or dietary changes, can make a massive difference.
From as young an age as I can remember I was a hay fever sufferer. It was before the age of allergy tablets, which meant that every summer I would have streaming eyes, a runny nose and be constantly sneezing. The only way I could prevent these terrible symptoms was by staying indoors. And obviously staying indoors while all your friends are out and enjoying all the lovely weather is not a fun thing to do! When I was about 8 years old my hay fever had gotten worse and it had developed into asthma. My asthma attacks were really bad, to the point that I struggled to do any kind of outdoor activities for more than a few minutes.
I have been an asthmatic for the last 30 years. Every few years my asthma will get so bad that I will have to go to the doctors to be given a course of steroids to help open up my airways. Despite all this, it was not till only a few years ago that I had my first actual asthma review, and I was encouraged to take a look into what was triggering my symptoms
I found that one of my main triggers was my living conditions. My apartment was affected by rising damp and this was causing mould to form on the walls. The wood in my apartment had also been starting to rot due to excess moisture in the air. I also always use to dry my clothes in the house, which was causing more moisture in the air and was also causing condensation on the window. After conducting my own research and talking to others I soon found out that this was all contributing to my asthma in a big way, and a way to help remedy this was to buy a dehumidifier.
I bought a few portable dehumidifiers. One to put in each room. It wasn’t an overnight solution but after only a few months of using these, my symptoms have dramatically improved. I would suggest anyone else who has asthma to first of all look at their environmental surroundings and determine if there are any environmental factors that could be affecting their asthma. Another factor that can cause symptoms to get worse is sensitivity to the food that you eat. For me, I found diary was a trigger and cutting out dairy from my diet significantly improved my symptoms. A good way to find out if certain food groups are causing allergic reactions would be to cut out all major food groups for a period of 30 days and slowly introducing each food group back into your diet. This is known as the elimination diet.
Another trigger of mine is pet hair. I’ve never had pets my self but I have always had friends who have had pets, and when I was at their homes my eyes would get itchy and I would feel tired, but I did not think anything of this. One day, about 5 years ago, I was cat sitting for a friend and I started getting shortness of breath. Sadly, I did not have my inhaler with me and my breathing grew worse and worse and worse. I tried all kinds of natural remedies but nothing seems to be working. I was later admitted to hospital where it was determined that the cat I was cat sitting for had triggered off my allergies.
My life now is completely different. Most of my asthma symptoms have disappeared, and I now use my inhaler a few times a year instead of a few times every day. The best recommendation I can make is to start off by assessing your home environment. Do you live with damp, condensation and high humidity? A good quality dehumidifier could be a great remedy or this. For those looking for a good quality dehumidifier I highly recommend WOHOME 550ML Portable Electric Mini Dehumidifier D01. It’s a great little portable dehumidifier – I would recommend putting one in each room. It comes with an automatic power off button and reminds you to empty the tank when it reaches full capacity. It also eliminates bacteria and soot from the air. How great is that? What a big difference this small portable device can make. Once you have remedied your living conditions, it may be time to look at your diet and eliminate certain food groups, such as dairy and gluten. I would also strongly recommend having an asthma review once a year where a nurse will be able to keep track of your progress and suggest improvements.