Soooo, I'm a complete newbie to this forum but I've had asthma for the last 15 years.
The ice rink along with caves are beyond easy for me to breathe in. Not sure why, but the cold air helps relax my lungs.
Also, one of the paramedics I met told me to stick my head in the freezer for a few minutes when I feel an attack coming on. I think its the same concept as breathing in an ice rink or cave.
Keeping track of the food that she is eating is an awesome idea. I've found that by eliminating gluten and dairy strictly along with my food allergens have helped out greatly with controlling my asthma and ER visits. Interesting fact too: asthmatics tend to be non-celiac gluten sensitive (asthma is a side effect of it). Unfortunately, there isn't a test for this. The only thing you can do is to cut it out strictly for a few weeks and see if her symptoms improve.
Oddly enough, cutting out yellow 5 and 6 has reduced my asthma attacks. I'm not sure what the correlation is, but by switching from a processed, fast food diet to an all natural, whole foods (no artificial flavors, dyes, chemicals that I can't pronounce or preservatives) I've felt so much better. Check out www.foodbabe.com for details.
Also, it might be a good idea for her to be allergy tested. The test itself sucks greatly (mine was 90 pricks in the back and arms), but at least I know exactly what I'm allergic to. However, I don't recommend immunotherapy - it didn't do a thing for me.
Vitamin C and Magnesium supplements have helped greatly. Asthmatics tend to have lower amounts of these nutrients in their bodies. Personally, I take a vitamin c gummy or chew-able in the morning and a glass of Magnesium water at night (Natural Calm - it tastes okay, but helps calm down my chest at night).
Make sure that she rests at night. Asthmatics are prone to attacks from 12 am - 8 am, namely because our corticosteroids (the lovely things that help reduce attacks) are at their lowest levels during that time. Try to have her relax before bedtime, like reading a book or meditating.
Also, clean with natural cleaners. Personally, I use Dr. Bonners for everything from dish soap and hand soap (place it in a foaming soap container 1/4 soap, 3/4 distilled water) to an all purpose cleaner. This switch has helped reduce to asthma attacks greatly. My laundry detergent is home made, and seems to be working so far. =)
Oh, be careful with NSAIDs around her. Asthmatics tend to not react too well to them (Advil, Aleve, aspirin.... basically anything that isn't Tylenol). Personally, I get a huge rash all over and have several attacks after taking an Advil. Totally not fun. >.<
Lastly, I recommend using a neti pot for when she has a stuffy nose and taking Bosweilla for asthma flare-ups. The neti pot is a bit of a gross process but it clears up the nose instantly. As for the Bosweilla, it's an Ayurvedic remedy that reduces the number of attacks daily. For me, it feels like my chest is finally
Hope that helps! Feel free to message me if you have any questions. =)
Post Edited (SneakyFoxeh) : 12/30/2013 5:28:11 PM (GMT-7)