Asthma is a disease that infects millions of people, and although positive gains continue to be made in terms of the research surrounding it, as of this time there is still no cure. Therefore, those who have it must learn how to effectively manage it so that any attacks that arise are minimized in relation to the damage and risk associated with them.
Below is a basic step–by–step process that's largely followed by many who have learned how to control asthma and to live happy, active and healthy lives.
Step One – Identification
Clearly, before anyone can properly manage asthma, they must learn as much about their particular situation as possible. Some people suffer from asthma attacks because of allergies, others based on the time of day and still others from toxins and/or exercise. Learn what your triggers are and work around them so that your chances for an attack are minimized.
Step Two – Anticipation/Prevention
After you've learned as much as possible about the specifics of your asthma, you should take the next step and figure out how to see them coming and to prevent them from reaching the severe stage. Most asthma sufferers eventually come to understand that there are usually some early warning symptoms that arise that always precede an attack. Others come to understand that certain environments also give rise to the possibility of a problem. The more you pay attention to these factors, the better your chances are of avoiding a large number of attacks.
Step Three - Follow Your Medication Protocol
Many different asthma patients have different routines that are necessary to prevent attacks. These routines almost always deal in some way with medication, and that includes not only the medication you take to stave off an attack but also those that you use on a daily basis to help prevent them. Far too many people have gotten off their routine by telling themselves that they 'feel fine' and don't need them that day. This is a mistake, so make sure you never deviate from the medication protocol set by your doctor.
Step Four – Communicate
Finally, you need to gather as much information as you can about your asthma and communicate with others to see if you can learn something valuable. Record the number of attacks you have on a given day, and include notes about their severity, when they occurred, where they occurred and how long they lasted. Discuss that information with your doctor or even with support groups to see if others have had a similar experience. You could wind up benefitting from this communication.
Overall, managing asthma is not only possible, but has proven to be quite successful for many patients. All you need to do is commit to a management plan that works, and you'll soon be enjoying life like everyone else.