The longing for the country is great today. The countryside offers fresh air which is good for the lungs but may also present all forms of asthma triggers, from pet allergens, trees, and grass pollens, not to mention other factors that may trigger asthma attacks. So any household that has a family member who suffers from asthma should be ready at all times. Make sure to have inhalers, a portable nebulizer or jet nebulizer, and salbutamol around the home for immediate treatment.
Avoid Allergy Triggers
In general, people with allergic asthma can prevent symptoms by avoiding allergy triggers. However, this is not always possible. For example, animal hair or certain foods can be avoided rather than pollen, for example. House dust allergy sufferers can possibly take preventive action if they combine several measures. These include: wiping the floor with a damp cloth, using a mite-proof mattress cover, washing bed linen regularly at more than 55 ° C, and removing dust traps such as old upholstered furniture or carpets from the apartment.
Studies have not proven that individual measures such as the use of special, impermeable mattress covers or anti-mite sprays prevent asthmatic symptoms. It has also not been adequately researched whether the choice of duvets (with a feather or other fillings) makes a difference. It is also unknown whether measures such as air filter systems can reduce exposure to animal allergens.
Country Fresh Air. Good For The Lungs
We all know that people with lung disease (asthma or COPD) should go for a walk every day, to receive fresh air, and get some exercise for the lungs. That’s why it is nice to travel to the country to visit the farm as a way to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. While in the country, you can practice some breathing techniques to better manage asthma attacks.
Breathing Techniques To Manage Asthma
A variety of different breathing exercises and techniques are offered. On the one hand, they should have a relaxing and calming effect and, on the other hand, support calm controlled breathing in an emergency.
Relaxation and breathing exercises from yoga, for example, could help prevent asthma symptoms and improve well-being. However, there are only a few and not particularly well-done studies that have examined their effects. Their results suggest a possible benefit but should be viewed with caution.
There are certain exercises that are designed to make breathing easier in an emergency. This includes techniques for calm and controlled breathing in the (beginning) asthma attack. In such situations, restlessness and fear can lead to excessive and superficial breathing (hyperventilation). Even with a severe asthma attack, most people still manage to breathe in relatively well, but exhaling can be very difficult. In asthma training courses, breathing techniques such as “lip brake” can be learned, in which you press your lips together and exhale slowly through a small gap.