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Breathe Easy

Filed Under: Homeopathy at 5:06 pm | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
Asthma AttackAs summer segues into fall and fall into winter, the weather seems to continually flip flop. One day it is bright, sunny and temperate. The next it is steamy, humid and muggy, and the day after that brings rain, fog and chill. The incessant changes wreak havoc on all of us, causing headaches, sinus infections and general confusion. But for the 20 million Americans with asthma, it is even worse. Roller-coasting temperatures and levels of humidity are one of the most common triggers of an asthma attack and one that can rarely be avoided. Other triggers, however, are not quite as uncontrollable, as long as you know what they are.

In addition to changing temps, upper respiratory infections, strenuous exercise, certain medications, some foods and strong emotions can incite an asthma attack. Inhaled allergens, particularly pollen, animal dander and mold, are also extremely common triggers. In fact, a recent study found that removing mold from homes and improving ventilation lessened both inhaler use and asthma symptoms in all of its participants. Avoiding these particles, then, would be an excellent idea, and avoiding them in conjunction with electro-smog would be even better. The reason for that is when these particles are charged by electrical fields, from computers and other everyday electronics, they stick more readily to the lung’s and respiratory tract’s tissue; this increases the chance of infections and respiratory complications, such as an asthma attack. So, the hours you spend in front of your computer each day could be making you more reliant on your inhaler. But, how do you know for sure if that’s the trigger?

The easiest way to determine your triggers is to pay attention. Look at past history. What was present the last several times you had an attack? If you had been in contact with animals or had recently taken an anti-inflammatory, you will know that you should avoid either animal dander or that medication. f the triggers aren’t quite as clear, you can talk to your doctor about skin and blood tests. Attacks don’t always occur immediately after contact and that can cause a lot of uncertainty. Just make sure that you are informed and aware of your body’s workings. An asthma attack can easily transform from mild wheezing to a severe medical problem. Control your asthma; don’t let it control you.

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