Chest tightness, wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath… all symptoms associated with asthma.
Asthma is a chronic condition in which the airways narrow, making it hard to breathe. The swelling and the extra mucus production can become a constant interference in the sufferer’s life.
The symptoms and frequency of them can vary from person to person. Some people may have asthmatic symptoms while performing a specific activity such as running while others may have symptom flare-up more often.
Most common symptoms according to Mayo Clinic are:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain or tightness
- Wheezing sounds when exhaling
- Trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath or frequent coughing
Even though asthma symptoms may be triggered by a variety of factors, here are some tips to reduce the chance of an asthma attack:
- Purchase allergy-proof pillow and bed covers. Wash them every week to get rid of dust mites.
- Remove carpet or vacuum at least twice a week to remove dust and potential dust mites.
- Reduce the mold in your house by keeping the bathrooms clean and dry. Leave a fan or vent on while showering to reduce the humidity which can lead to mold production.
- Keep pets off the furniture and bedrooms, their fur may be triggering your symptoms.
- Avoid smoke and cigarettes! Second-hand smoking is one of the most common asthma triggers.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with asthma, adopt some or all the habits above to reduce asthma symptoms. Asthma can’t be cured, but research studies are being conducted to find potential new treatment options.
BFHC Research is currently seeking volunteers to participate in asthma research studies. Those that qualify may receive study-related care and medication at no cost, learn how to manage asthma symptoms, and receive access to possible new treatment options. Compensation for time and travel is also available to those who qualify. Click the button below to see if you qualify!