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Because of this they suffer severe attacks purely because they did not get the medical help that they did not think they needed. Medication Medication and preventive medicine like the flu jab can help the elderly live a relatively normal life. And may even help them to stay attack free. Contributing Factors Remove as many contributing factors as possible, such as dust and dust mites, smoke, and pet hair. 

In order to minimize side effects, watch for your doctor to give you the lowest doses to control your symptoms. While it may takes some experimentation to find the correct amount, it is better than your body rejecting too much of the medication with possibly bad side effects. Over time it is more than likely your needs will change. 

They have to accept that their asthma is only a little portion of their life not the whole of it. They can fit their medication into a daily plan that still lets them carry on their life. Sport and exercise is excellent for them as it helps build stronger lungs and overall health. Discourage the use of drugs and smoking that can aggravate and in some cases bring on a severe attack. 

Some circumstances you should come equipped with for the doctors evaluation are: - Your medical history - What your symptoms are How frequently they occur How they change with medication Individual triggers for symptoms - Your own allergies - Your family history On your visit, a doctor will test your lung function, using peak flow monitoring and spirometry to determine how quickly you expel air. 

It isn t easy, but it is manageable. Once you master living with asthma, you can get back to living your life. Use your asthma medication regularly, as directed by your physician. Many asthma sufferers manage their symptoms beautifully with prescription medication. Follow the directions set forth by doctors and pharmacists, and you ll be well on your way to living with asthma, instead of living with asthma problems. 

Knowing the warning signs you can avoid an attack and you can carry on with every day life. Going to work, school etc. Hereditary If you have a parent that suffers with asthma you are three-six times more likely to develop asthma yourself, more than a person who has no parent with asthma. What is an asthma attack It is caused by the tubes letting air down to your lungs, getting smaller, muscles get tighter and make it difficult to get air down, causing breathlessness, coughing, chest tightness, panic, a blue tinge to the lips.