This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of a Canadian leading research based pharmaceutical company. All opinions are 100% mine.
You take a breath, just one of the 20,000 you normally take in a day, except this time it is like trying to suck oxygen out of water. The air coming in is thick and isn’t getting into your lungs. You try to take another and this one feels like someone accidentally left a pile of bricks on your chest. In spite of the lack of oxygen, your brain kicks into overdrive and your body shifts into fight mode. The panic washes over you as you struggle to breathe. “WHERE IS MY PUFFER?”
If you have asthma you know this feeling. You know that it could strike at any time. Someone stands next to you on the bus and is showered in cologne. You are walking down the sidewalk and the person in front of you lights up a cigarette and you walk into the cloud of smoke. You go to visit a friend and discover that they have a new dog. Any one of these things can make it harder to breathe or trigger an asthma attack – especially if you are one of the 60% of Canadians with asthma who don’t have the disease and symptoms under control.
5 Tips to Manage Asthma
Maybe you have had asthma since you were a kid, or maybe you have been recently diagnosed. In either case it is possible to live a relatively normal life by controlling your disease. As a parent with asthma or as a parent of a kid with asthma these tips will help you and your child to manage your asthma and reduce the number of times you feel symptoms of asthma and risk of full asthma attacks.
Learn about Asthma
To quote a famous military strategist, “knowing is half the battle.”
Learning about your condition will help you to understand it. Asthma is a complex condition that manifests differently in each person depending on your body, environment and the triggers that cause your symptoms. Understanding how it manifests for you will help you to control it.
Learn and Avoid Your Triggers
The things that cause asthma symptoms and attacks vary per person. These triggers can include things like animals, dust mites, chemical fumes, viral infections, cold air, air pollution, certain foods and stress. Identifying your triggers will help you to avoid them. In some cases you may need to work with a health professional to identify your triggers. In other cases you will discover them by tracking when you experience asthma symptoms and possible causes.
Take the 30 Second Asthma Test
60% of Canadians with asthma are not managing their disease effectively. You could be one of them. Answering the questions at www.AsthmaTest.ca can help you determine how well you are controlling your asthma.
Talk to Your Doctor
Your doctor is your ally in controlling your asthma. Discussing your management plan and the results from your AsthmaTest.ca test will help you to determine how to live with your condition with as few negative impacts on your life and your family as possible.
Take your Medicine
Many people use medication as one of the tools to manage and get relief from asthma symptoms. If you and your physician decide that medication is right for you, ensure that you take and use those medications as directed by your physician and your pharmacist.
Living with Asthma
By following these steps you can reduce the impact that asthma has on your life. You don’t have to live feeling like you are only breathing with one lung. Educate yourself about asthma, learn your triggers and avoid them, learn how to control your disease, work with your health care professionals and use any prescribed medications as directed. Live your life and be there for your kids.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of a Canadian leading research-based pharmaceutical company. All opinions are 100% mine.