Asthma Relief…the D.I.Y home remedy…

Many people may wonder if there are any home remedies recommended for those who suffer with asthma.

The answer is yes, but the home remedies are not herbs or teas, they have more to do with managing your asthma by environmental control.  The real remedy is for your home, and not from your home.

For most of history, doctors have been treating asthma by dealing with the symptoms of an acute asthma attack, as opposed to trying to prevent an attack in the first place.

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More recently in history, doctors have learned through extensive study about what is really happening with asthma, and recommend preventative care.  Asthma is now being treated in much the same fashion as diabetes – a chronic health condition that can affect every day living.

Since asthma has been proven to worsen with contaminants in the air, one of the best ways to control asthma is to control your surrounding living environment.

Here are some home remedies to help you control your asthma:

1.  Eliminate smoke from your home.  Do not permit smoking in your house and never use a fireplace as a heat source.

2.  Eliminate all of the aerosol sprays you can.  Anything you spray into your home will make its way to your lungs.  Strong perfume, air fresheners, hair spray, and other aerosol sprays can cause an asthma attack.

3.  Eliminate the dust from your home. Dust mites are one of the most common allergens known to cause asthma attacks.  Dusting regularly is not always good enough to remove dust mites.  Suggestions include:

  • use mite proof linen
  • wash linen in hot at least once a week
  • avoid carpets and heavy drapes in bathroom
  • use vacuum cleansers and central air units with HEPA filters only

4.  Eliminate any sign of mold.  Mold is another top allergen that can cause asthma symptoms to flare up.  Suggestions include:

  • bleach bathroom once a week
  • avoid using humidifiers
  • use dehumidifiers in damp rooms
  • use bathroom ventilator fan

Doctors now recommend two other home remedies that can help to prevent an asthma attack.

These are vitamin B6 and caffeine.  Several studies have shown that vitamin B6 supplements can reduce the severity of asthma symptoms.

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But do remember to always check with your doctor before adding these vitamin supplements to your daily regimen.

In extreme emergencies, and you do not have access to your inhaler, caffeine has been suggested.  It should never be used as a substitute treatment, but two strong cups of coffee may give you the time you need to obtain your asthma medication.