Having asthma can definitely alter your lifestyle. There are lots of adjustments that you have to do to keep the disease in check, and to make sure that it doesn't get worse. Not only do you have to take medicines regularly, but you also have to make sure that your surroundings will not aggravate or trigger asthma attacks. If you are on treatment for asthma, here are some simple home remedies that can lessen its effect in your system.
– Wash your hands regularly
Viruses can be easily exchanged through hand contact, and viral infections are the most common causes of asthma attacks. Washing your hands regularly will help eliminate the viruses that you will get from touching doorknobs, elevator buttons or currency bills. This should be done especially during the rainy season, where cold viruses linger on just about everywhere.
– Open the windows everytime you cook
Smelling the pungent odors that come from the kitchen can be another cause for an asthma attack. The smoke that rises from your frying pan or the stinging smell when you chop garlic and onions can irritate your breathing further. To avoid having an asthma attack while cooking, open the windows in your kitchen to let the smoke out. It's better if you have an exhaust fan to drive away odors out of your kitchen.
– Reduce the amount of dust mites in your home
One interesting fact: dust mites dwell on our dead skin cells, not on dust. Since we shed millions of skin cells a day, dust mites can be a common trigger for asthma. They can't be totally eliminated, but they can be lessened. To do this, you must wash your beddings and towels regularly. Fabrics have to be washed in water at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit to kill all the existing mites. To make your beddings more mite-free, you can put them in covers that are made to protect your mattresses and pillows against dust mites.
– Give your pets a bath at least once a week
Hairy pets and people with asthma don't go well together, but if you must have your pets, the least you can do to prevent them from giving you an asthma attack is to give them a regular bath. This will remove the dander (materials that fall off from animals and can trigger allergic reaction from humans) from your beloved dog or cat and will make them smell a lot better too.
– Eat lots of fish
Enjoy mouth-watering seafood dishes and help ward off asthma attacks. Dine on sumptuous mackerel, salmon and tuna at least two times a week. These fishes contain omega-3 fatty acids which help make the body resistant against inflammatory disease such as asthma.