With World Asthma Day approaching on Tuesday the 2nd of May, Dr Leyland, Clinical Advisor at myGP has commented:
“Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition characterised by narrowing and inflammation of the airways. It causes difficulty with breathing, wheezing, and coughing. Medications from the doctors like reliever (bronchodilator) or preventer (corticosteroid) inhalers are crucial for managing asthma. Lifestyle measures can also play an important role in reducing symptoms, preventing exacerbations, and improving overall quality of life.
The following are some measures which can help manage asthma:
Avoid triggers: these can vary from person to person, and can include smoke, pollen, dust mites and animal dander (fur).
Maintain a healthy weight: being overweight can make asthma symptoms worse, by maintaining a healthy weight through exercise and diet, you can reduce the frequency and severity of asthma attacks.
Regular exercise: exercise can improve lung function and overall health. It’s important to get advice if you have exercise induced asthma and always have your inhaler available.
Good hygiene: washing hands frequently, and avoiding exposure to colds and other respiratory infections can help prevent asthma exacerbations.
Air filters and humidifiers: these may help by reducing the amounts of allergens or other irritants, such as particle pollution from the air, and by keeping the air moist.
Manage stress: stress can worsen asthma symptoms and panic attacks can mimic asthma. Stress management techniques like meditation, deep breathing or yoga can help and may also improve lung function as with exercise.
Get enough sleep: Good quality sleep can help reduce inflammatory conditions and improve overall health, including asthma management.
It is important for people with asthma sufferers to have a review with your GP or practice nurse if your symptoms are becoming more frequent or worsening. You will be able to develop a personalised treatment plan that meets your needs. With the right treatment and lifestyle changes, most people with asthma can lead active lives.”