Preventing Asthma Attack Symptoms

Quincy AdamAsthma Lifestyle

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Asthma is most commonly classified either as extrinsic or intrinsic. Extrinsic asthma is triggered by allergies; however, what prompts an intrinsic asthma attack cannot be identified as easily.

The better patients and their doctors can pinpoint asthma triggers, the more likely they are to be successful in managing the disease.

Warding Off Asthma May Avert COPD

Even though the medical community considers asthma to be a chronic obstructive condition, it is different from chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) such as chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, and emphysema. That’s because medical assistance can alleviate asthma symptoms. However, if asthma is left untreated, symptoms may worsen and last for prolonged periods.

The aggravation of asthma symptoms, which causes chronic inflammation of the lungs and airways, can result in an irreversible lung obstruction, COPD1,  due to airway swelling and shifting. Thus, it is important to take steps to prevent asthma attack symptoms.

Tips for Preventing Extrinsic Asthma Symptoms

Allergic reactions trigger extrinsic asthma. Just as noses run and eyes water when exposed to an allergen like pollen, dust, or dander, the lungs can have a similar reaction. When the lungs are irritated, they can swell and tighten, making breathing more difficult. The lungs can also begin to puddle up with fluid, making it even harder to breathe.

The best method to prevent extrinsic asthma is to reduce or eliminate exposure to allergens:

  • Avoid smoking and stay away from second-hand smoke
  • Watch for flare-ups after eating certain foods to see if a food allergy caused the symptoms
  • Avoid strong perfumes, cologne, and other fragrances like candles, air fresheners, and sprays
  • Wear a dust mask when dusting and vacuuming or working in the yard
  • Keep the house clean to reduce dust mites and dust problems
  • Keep pets outside or at least out of bedrooms

Tips for Preventing Intrinsic Asthma Symptoms

Intrinsic asthma is harder to prevent because there is no readily identifiable trigger to avoid or remove. Triggers can include: exercise, physical strain, stress, laughing or crying, talking too much, chemical exposure, reaction to medications, and even sleep.

While intrinsic asthma is harder to prevent, there are still steps asthmatics and their loved ones can take:

  • Check medications for possible triggers
  • Be smart when using cleaning chemicals and avoid exposure
  • Use pure natural soaps that use only homeopathic ingredients
  • Be mindful of your physical limitations
  • Learn relaxation techniques to deal with daily stress

1“The Link between Asthma & COPD,” American Lung Association,