What’s it like to live with Asthma?

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What’s it like to live with Asthma?

Hi friends. I am writing about Asthma today because on Tuesday I ended up having some Asthma related complications. I was having a very hard time breathing and I ended up in the hospital. Living with asthma is scary. There are so many triggers that can cause you to have trouble breathing. Read on to find out how I’ve managed my Asthma and what triggered my most recent attack!

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What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease of the bronchial tubes of the lungs, also known as the airways of the lungs. These airways are what moves the air in and out of the lungs. When a person has asthma, the bronchial tubes are constantly inflamed. When the airways to your lungs are inflamed it makes it harder for the air to move in and out at a normal pace. People with Asthma can suffer from attacks which can make their conditions worse and can also lead to death.

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What causes Asthma?

As far as I know there is no known cause of Asthma but, you are more likely to have Asthma if someone in your family does.

Although no known causes, there are many things that can trigger Asthmatic conditions.

What may trigger Asthmatic conditions in one person doesn’t mean it will trigger it in another person.

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Asthmatic Triggers:

  • Airborne:
    • Mold
    • Pollen
    • Dust
    • Dander
    • Smoke
    • Cockroach waste
  • Environment:
    • Heat
    • Humidity
  • Stressors:
    • Overexertion
    • Exercise
    • Strong emotions such as laughing or crying
  • Medicines:
    • Beta blockers
    • Ibuprofen
    • Advil
    • Aspirin
    • Aleve
  • Foods and Drinks:
    • Alcohol
    • Shrimp
    • Dried fruit
    • Processed potatoes
    • Caffeine
  • Illnesses:
    • Respiratory infections
    • Cold
    • Flu
    • GERD
    • Allergies

How is Asthma treated?

The easy answer is to stay away from known irritants & triggers.

There is no cure for asthma. There are ways you can manage it though. As stated above, stay away from known irritants and triggers. If you feel an asthma attack coming do what you can to notice the trigger and remove yourself from the situation. Take your prescribed medicine or seek emergency help if needed.

Living my life with Asthma:

I’ve suffered with asthma since childhood. I think a big part of that was because of the second-hand smoke I was exposed to from my mom and step dad smoking. And Also I live in South Florida, where 90% of the year it is HOT & HUMID, which are both KNOWN triggers for me. Through the years, I have had many attacks. Though for the past 2 years or so I’ve noticed them less often. My doctor has even mentioned this to me on a few occasions.

What have I changed to lessen the frequency of attacks?

If you really want to know, I stopped using toxic cleaning products in my home. Actually not only cleaning products but also bath and body products as well.

I started making my own products using natural ingredients like vinegar, and baking soda and adding essential oils for the amazing benefits that they offer.

So what caused my most recent attack?

Well in a short answer Bleach. Yes I used bleach for the first time in years to clean some mold that I found lurking in my air conditioner. I thought this mold was causing me to have horrible sore throats in the morning and without thinking I grabbed the bottle of bleach that I had left over that was out in the shed. I figured that would be the easiest quickest way to tackle the mold but unfortunately it tackled me instead!

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What I learned from this latest bump in the road?

I learned or I guess relearned that toxins such as those in most cleaning products and many bath and body products are harmful and will most often cause more harm than good.

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Do you or a loved one suffer from Asthma?

Do you know what triggered your last attack?

Have you taken any measures in lessening the frequency of your attacks?

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  • GingerPawsOutdoors

    My latest asthma attack was last month and it’s because of eating shrimp. Asthma is in our family and I had it since I was a kid. I cant eat anything I’m allergic to because it triggers it.

  • Devon Bernthal

    My six year old and I deal with asthma. Fortunately I seem to have outgrown the worst.

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  • I have asthma as well. Mine has always been mild and I have never had to go to the hospital, thank God. But it can for sure be a scary thing.