What is Asthma, Really?
Asthma is a condition that partially obstructs the bronchial tubes (airways), making breathing difficult and can trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Although the cause of asthma is still not known, asthma can be a minor nuisance to some and a major life-threatening condition for others. If you are an asthma sufferer, you can, through natural means, considerably reduce the number of attacks and control the symptoms that comes with the condition.
The symptoms of asthma usually vary from one individual to another. This list has some of the major symptoms that occurs in almost every individual.
- Tightness of chest or pain
- Shortness of breath
- A whistling sound when exhaling.
- Insomnia caused by shortness of breath or coughing.
- Coughing attacks that become worsened by a respiratory virus.
It is very important that you consult your doctor when these symptoms are frequent, there is an increase in difficulty of breathing and there becomes a need to use an inhaler too often.
Since there are no cures yet for asthma, it becomes necessary to have a means to tackle this condition and this includes;
- Following your asthma action plan, as prescribed by your physician.
- Staying updated with vaccinations for influenza and pneumonia to prevent asthma attacks.
- Seeking medical advice to identify what triggers your asthma and avoiding them.
In addition, the following exercises are recommended:
- While standing, contract all your muscles. Keep them contracted for a few seconds.
- Release the muscles, like letting the air out of a balloon. Relax all your muscles completely until you feel like a limp cloth.
- Let yourself fall to the floor, and stretch out. Close your eyes and relax your face and your feet.
- Imagine that you are floating on water. Concentrate on the effect the earth’s gravity has on your muscles and on the pleasant feeling of being completely relaxed.
- Breathe gently and quietly, as if you were about to fall asleep.
- Open your eyes.
Practicing these exercises when you feel an attack coming on, or once it is already started, will help you overcome your asthma condition.
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