Posted 4/19/2007 12:37 PM (GMT -6)
Watch for other things that seem to trigger your asthma symptoms. Then do what you can to control thse triggers. This may mean avoiding certain situations or things, or just learning to relax. The tips below may help.
WEATHER: Limit outdoor activity when the weather is very hot or cold. To protect your lungs & airways, wear a scarf over your mouth & nose in cold weather.
ILLNESS: Illness can make your lungs extra sensitive. Do what you can to stay healthy. Get a yearly flu shot. Wash your hands often, especially during flu season. If you can, stay away fom people who have colds. WATERLESS SOAP IS GREAT!
FOOD ADDITIVES: Check food labels for "SULFITES," "METABISULFITES," OR "SULFUR DIOXIDE." Avoid foods such as WINE, BEER, or DRIED FRUIT that contain these additives if they trigger your asthma.
MEDICATIONS: If medications trigger your asthma, ask your health care provider for a list of meds to avoid. Check the labels on over-the-counter meds. Be aware that meds for colds & sinus problems often contain aspirin, a common trigger to a flare-up.
EMOTIONS & STRESS: Feeling upset, excited, or stressed may trigger asthma symptoms. The key is to relax & slow you breathing. One way to do this is with pursed-lip breathing:
Step 1: Relax your neck & shoulders.
Step 2: Breathe in slowly thorugh your nose for 2 counts.
Step 3: Pucker your lips as if you were going to blow out a candle.
Step 4: Breathe out slowly through your lips for 4 counts.
(Remember, twice as long out as the breath taken in.)