In order to prevent asthma, we must understand first what it is and what causes it. Asthma is a chronic disease that causes your body to overly react to specific substances. Asthma attacks such are evident through its symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, tightening of the chest, and shortness of breath. Causes of asthma are varied from person to person. Each person has different trigger. But there are the most common allergens such as dust, pollens, pollutants, strong odor and even certain weather conditions. There is no definite and long term cure for asthma, but there are a lot of ways to prevent asthma.
In order to prevent asthma from getting worse at home, be sure to use HEPA or high efficiency particulate air filters on vacuums and air purifiers. This filter can remove micro sized allergens such as pet dander and pollen. In cases of severe asthma, consider removing carpets and replace them with flooring. Allergens build up in carpets even after vacuuming. While cleaning the household, you need to wear protective mask. Dust and the odor of cleaning solutions can bring about asthma attacks.
Avoiding outdoor allergens to prevent asthma may be quite difficult next to impossible. But there as some preventive measures that will help limit your exposure to allergens and irritants. Try to limit your outside activities to a minimum, and if you do get outside more often, then you can always wear a protective mask. Don´t be embarrassed for wearing one since it is understandable in this time of age. The mask not only prevents allergens, but also help prevent cold air from coming into your lungs which can cause asthmatic attacks.
Medications are also used to prevent asthma. One of the most recommended anti-inflammatory medications are corticosteroids. It is usually prescribed in the form of oral inhalers. This medication can decrease the inflammation of the airways over time. Another prescribed medication is leukotriene blocker, this preventive medication have the capability of producing inflammation can halt the ability of cells from signaling one another to flareup. Although both medications are advised by doctors to be taken daily, they are not meant to provide immediate relief.