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Non-medical ways everyone deals with asthma


Posted by jycao

Just joined the community, and it's great to see a group of people sharing their stories about asthma. Just wondering what you guys do aside from medication to help fight asthma, any specific lifestyle choices or maybe natural ways to improve symptoms?

Jerry

 
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Hi Jerry,

Nice to meet you here!

I think environment is the main key to reduce asthma. And if you have allergies that can trigger asthma, of course you should avoid the allergens. There are many natural ways to improve asthma symptoms, from herbal tea to acupuncture. Please be welcome to visit my site: 1st Asthma Treatment. Hopefully you can find helpful articles there. 

Regards,

Fanda

Hi Jerry,

I've been reviewing some of the posts and certainly do understand your need for some alternative methods of dealing with asthma.  I agree with Fanda that often many people, young and old, are mis-diagnosed with asthma and treated with broncho dilator medication as a result, while there may have been more appropriate options.

My question to you and others that have received a diagnosis of 'asthma' would be, how was this diagnosis confirmed?  Was this a one off event of a respiratory challenge and the meds assisted with remediating it, or have you and others on this platform actually seen a respirologist and/or had the methocholine test administered?  This is one way to confirm an asthma diagnosis. 

I know this personally as well, having been through this and suffer from asthma myself.  My reality is that my lungs are truly comprimised, in fact I lost 20% of my lung function with the first admistration of this test so I really do understand!  Drat, it was a confirmation of what I knew on one level, but shocking to see it from a measurable level.  It's not a fun spot to be in! 

I know many of the things that exacerbate this condition for me, allergies, animals, environmental pollutants, smog, strong smells ie perfumes, chemicals, paints, smoke, all that type of thing and I avoid them as best I can but one does have to live in the real world. 

There are emotional release techniques as well that can help.  My daughter suffers from, or shall I say suffered from....exercise induced asthma which started when she was 5.  While in Tahiti 4 years ago, she went on a hike with our group, ran into difficulties and had no inhaler with her. A friend used some emotional release techniques with her and she went on to climb to the top and back down.  She and I trekked in Peru 3 years ago, up to 14500 elevation and she was fine.  So it definitely works, just depends on what your asthma is caused by.

I would hope that anyone who is taking asthma medication for an extended period of time has seen a specialist and have had a solid, substantiated confirmed diagnosis.  Of course, eliminating as many of your triggers as possible is a standard protocol and can make a large difference in how you're feeling.

All the best Jerry!

Mary

 

Hi,

I'm new here.  But I find that exercising has helped me.  I run and I swim and I've noticed an improvement in my pfrs.  I use my inhaler before I do each activity and occasionally I have to use it while I'm running if it's cold outside.  Allergies are a problem for me, so I'm taking allergy shots.  I keep my beloved feline friend out of my bedroom because she was causing me a world of hurt at night.  If I'm outside and the grass and weeds get on me, I change clothes and take a shower before going to bed.  I use a nedipod to help try and limit the number of sinus infections I get...they tend to trigger my asthma.  I treated my GERD because that affected my asthma.  I still come across things that bother me, but between my controller meds and non-medication treatments, I'm able to keep it to a minumum.

To answer Mary's question, I was diagnosed by a specialist, an allergist.  I was being treated by a GP, but her treatment wasn't working for me.  My doctor gave me a spirometry test, then gave me albuterol and had me do the spirometry test 20-30 minutes later.  She also took a thorough history.  I already had a diagnosis of asthma; her test and history reconfirmed my diagnosis.  I'm doing soooo much better now!

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