How to Prevent Nighttime Asthma
The first step to prevent nocturnal asthma, or regular asthma in general, is to adhere to your prescribed medications.
Sometimes, patients stop taking their primary asthma meds because their attacks are few and far in between. But, the thing is, adherence to the medicine is a huge part of not having the attacks. If you stop taking them, the attacks may come more frequently.
Besides this, the following tips will also help:
- Remove triggers: Cleaning your room regularly and washing your pillowcases and bedsheets in hot water help remove dust mites. Dust-proof mattress and pillow protectors might also be a good investment. Likewise, keep your pets out of your room.
- Avoid strong odors. Cleanliness doesn’t have a smell, so there’s no need to use perfumed sprays in your room. If, in the process of cleaning, perfumed sprays were used, open all windows and let the odor out before staying in the room.
- Keep yourself healthy. Getting sick can trigger asthma attacks, especially if the one affected is your respiratory tract. Strengthen your immune system by having a healthy, balanced diet, appropriate exercise, and regular check-ups. Finally, consider getting a flu shot yearly.
- Talk to your doctor about using a humidifier. A humidifier helps moisten the air (cold, dry air may trigger asthma attacks).
Finally, although it is not a preventive measure, always make sure that your rescue inhaler is never empty. Have one on the bedside table just in case you experience nighttime asthma.
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