Managing Asthma- Health and Fitness

Asthma affects an estimated 34 million people in the U.S. alone. Asthma is a condition that inflames and narrows the airways making it difficult to breath and can trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. The levels of asthma vary, from minor to major life threatening cases.  Contrary to what you may have heard, asthma is a chronic illness that cannot be outgrown. The best way to deal with asthma is by taking the medicines prescribed to you, and managing it as best you can. Check out some lifestyle tips below that may better help you control your breathing and improve your life with asthma.

Knowing your triggers- Asthma attacks can be triggered by many different factors, and it is important to know what specifically applies to your health. Allergens such as dust, pollen, mold, cigarette smoke, and perfume are fairly common. Some people only develop asthmatic symptoms when they are exercising. One such solution for this is talking to your doctor, and asking about prescribed rescue inhalers to aid you if you experience shortness of breath or wheezing.


Stay active- Physical activity is important to your health and managing your asthma, even if you have exercised induced asthma. Studies have shown that after 12 weeks of aerobic training severe to moderate asthma can begin to lessen in their reactions. Being active can also help shed extra pounds, another trigger found in overweight Americans with asthma.

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Keep Calm – Research has connected stress and asthma, specifically asthma attacks leading to hospitalization.  A range of activities can offset your asthma including laughing or crying too hard, experiencing anger or fear, or yelling. When emotions arise that can upset  your asthma, be sure to take deep breaths, or utilize breathing exercises. You can also use progressive muscle relaxation. You can do this by tensing up your muscles and then relaxing them, while focusing on the feeling of muscle relaxation. An additional option is to use or focus on relaxing words, images, or music to alleviate emotional stress.  


Stay happy and healthy during this new fall season, and check back in with your best neighbors ever to see new health tips weekly. Neighbors Emergency Center supports your start to a healthier lifestyle. If you are in the Midland area visit our new emergency center, located at 5409 West Wadley Ave., Midland, Texas, 79707. With a 24 Hour Emergency Rooms throughout the Houston metro area, we can treat you quickly and effectively so you can get back to doing what you love.

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