Lung and respiratory problems


(Bronchial asthma)

About Asthma

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways. Your airways are tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. If you have asthma, the inside walls of your airways become sore and swollen. That makes them very sensitive, and they may react strongly to things that you are allergic to or find irritating. When your airways react, they get narrower and your lungs get less air.

Symptoms of Asthma
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing, especially in the early morning or at night
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath

All Medications for Asthma

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Asthma

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • Find a doctor who listens. Track your asthma (time, place, symptom, severity, trigger, treatment, effect) in an app or small note book. Take your Rx as prescribed, but if you're concerned or confused talk to your doctor until you get answers. Don't delay treatments, and get fresh air away from triggers. Steam shower immediately after nebulizer treatments may make them more effective. Eat clean, avoid artificial flavors, sweeteners, and preservatives. Hot tea, lemon (juice or zest), ginger, yogurt, apples, and olive oil are all foods that may help immediately (tea, lemon, ginger) or long term.

What’s your best coping strategy?
  • Cleaned up diet

  • Make and keep your home and car trigger-free zones; hey your family and visitors on board.

  • Staying away from my triggers

  • Cayenne pepper lemonade

Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Keep your car as a trigger-free zone, limiting who/what is brought in, and keeping your car clean, filters changed, and

  • Less processed foods

  • Keep your car fan set to recirculate.

  • More apples, tea, plain yogurt; less flavorings, especially in sticky things like sugary drinks, mouthwash, and candy. Fresh air (away from triggers) when you're having symptoms is crucial, but fresh air when you're healthy is also very important.

  • When you get a cold/flu/bronchitis/allergies, talk to your doctor to find out if temporary changes to your medications should be made.

  • Besides medication, exercise, especially jogging/running has helped me personally. I am an athlete, and it is difficult to continue sometimes due to my asthma. If you can, run start slowly but gradually increase the amount of time and speed