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I usually have shortness of breath

By May 4, 2012 - 12:11am
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I started developing asthma in my mid twenties and I have been on inhaler and other medications given to me by my doctor after a while it stopped only for it to reoccur again during cold weather and since then I've been having series of attacks especially at nights which gives me concern. I really need a lasting solution to remedy this problem. I would be glad to know some natural cure to this and how long it takes to heal because am tied of taking the tabs. Thank you

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Hi Lauraviva,

Welcome to EmpowHER.  Asthma can't be cured, but its symptoms can be controlled. Treatments include taking steps to avoid your particular asthma triggers, using long-term control medications to prevent flare-ups and using a quick-relief inhaler to control symptoms once they start. Other ways that might help in treating it's symptoms can be:

Allergy shots (immunotherapy). Immunotherapy injections are generally given once a week for a few months, then once a month for a period of three to five years. Over time, they gradually reduce your immune system reaction to specific allergens.

Air conditioning reduces the amount of airborne pollen from trees, grasses and weeds that finds its way indoors.

Minimize dust that may worsen nighttime symptoms by replacing certain items in your bedroom. For example, encase pillows, mattresses and box springs in dust-proof covers.

If you live in a damp climate, talk to your doctor about using a dehumidifier.

Have a utility company check your air conditioner and furnace once a year. Change the filters in your furnace and air conditioner.

If you're allergic to dander, avoid pets with fur or feathers.

Clean your home at least once a week.

If it's cold out, cover your face. If your asthma is worsened by cold, dry air, wearing a face mask can help.

It would be best to speak to you doctor and let him know about your symptoms coming back certain time of the year. He might suggest changing medications. 

Here are some resources for you





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