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By The Allergy Center, PA
October 26, 2020
Category: Asthma
Tags: Asthma   Swimming   Yoga   Brisk walking   Exercises  
Exercise offers amazing health benefits; however, what if you have been diagnosed with asthma? If you have asthma you may have discovered that exercise triggers your wheezing, coughing, and chest tightness; however, it’s important not to give up on exercise just because you have asthma. Your asthma specialist can help you find ways to exercise safely even with asthma.

Everything from extreme temperatures to allergens can increase your risk for an asthma attack, and since most people breathe through their mouths while exercising, you may find that mouth breathing triggers your symptoms. Instead, try to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. This may be less likely to trigger symptoms.

To Exert or Not To Exert?

When you find a workout that you love it’s hard to imagine giving it up if you have asthma. Some people with milder symptoms may be able to push themselves a little harder than those with more severe symptoms but it’s important not to overexert yourself. Some of the best exercises for improving the health and strength of the lungs include:
  • Swimming: This low-impact aerobic activity is one of the best exercises for those with asthma, as it can help strengthen the muscles to improve lung capacity and breathing.
  • Yoga: Yoga provides you with safe, gentle exercises that can help to open up your chest and teach people how to breathe more deeply. This in turn may improve asthma symptoms.
  • Brisk walking: Walking is another great exercise because it’s gentle on the body and is low intensity but still offers great cardiovascular benefits. Try to walk for at least 30 minutes each day.
It’s important to talk with your asthma specialist about different exercises and physical activities in which you are interested in taking part. While we don’t want to limit what our asthma patients do, it’s important to recognize that certain activities such as snowboarding or endurance running can trigger symptoms. Of course, this is where your allergist comes in to provide you with medications and ways to help you control your symptoms to prevent a flare-up.

If you are living with asthma but want to incorporate exercise into your daily routine, it’s important to do it safely. Talk to a qualified allergist and asthma specialist before starting a new workout regimen. 

By The Allergy Center, PA
October 07, 2020
Category: Asthma
Tags: Asthma   Humidifier  
Humidifier Help My AsthmaAlong with medication, there are certain lifestyle modifications that those with asthma can put in place to help limit exposure and flare-ups. Everything from dry air to humidity can leave you wheezing or triggering asthma symptoms, so you may be wondering whether or not a humidifier could help you. Before getting a humidifier there are a few things that asthma and allergy specialists can recommend to ensure that you get the most from this home product.

The Pros of a Humidifier for Asthma

What makes asthma so dangerous is that inflamed airways start to constrict, making it difficult to breathe. Some patients with asthma have found a marked improvement in their asthma symptoms through the simple use of a humidifier in their home.

A humidifier is a device that emits moist air at a designated temperature. This can prevent the air in your home from drying out, which can trigger symptoms. Plus, it can also prevent the airways from drying out, as dry airways can cause further breathing issues. It’s also a natural way to improve the quality of the air to improve asthma symptoms without resorting to over-the-counter medications and remedies.
 
Choosing a Humidifier

There are a variety of types and styles of humidifiers on the market. Which one is the right one for you? The three main types are steam, warm mist, and cool mist. Steam vaporizers are the most commonly used type of humidifier for those with asthma, but it’s important to clean them properly and often to prevent mold or bacteria from developing.

A warm mist humidifier may be a good option for you if you are very sensitive to temperature changes and need the humidity to be at a certain temperature. This option can be a great complement to central air or heating. As the name suggests, a cool-mist humidifier will make the air in the room cooler and can often target a larger room area than other models. Since it can be difficult to choose the right humidifier, it’s a good idea to talk with your asthma doctor first.

Whether you want to sit down and discuss humidifier options, or you are having trouble getting your asthma symptoms under control with your current medications, there are many reasons to turn to an asthma and allergy doctor for answers and care.