Do you know anyone who has lived in a big city? Is your friend's breathing irregular? Do they cough? Well, your friend might have asthma! You might be skeptical, but it is estimated that 300 million people are affected by asthma.
Sadly, asthma cannot be cured, but there are ways to prevent asthma flair ups! Avoid cold air, dust mites and smoke. Cigarettes will only make your asthma worse, so make sure not to smoke. Colds might not seem dangerous, but a common cold can create a respiratory infection. You are always told to take your medicine, but medicines like aspirin, beta blockers and naproxen will not help you! If you get vaccinated for flu and pneumonia you can prevent flu and pneumonia from causing asthma flare ups. Talk to a doctor, they can help you and give you medication. Keep an inhaler on you at all times. Avoid asthma attacks by keeping away from physical sports.
I myself have a very mild case of asthma, as does my mother. Living with asthma is not as difficult as it seems (though I am sure people with worse cases would disagree). I do not play sports, as it makes me short of breath and my glands hurt. But my mother does yoga, which she says is perfect for people with asthma. My friend, who also has asthma, has told me the same.
If you think you have asthma, talk to your doctor. Only use medicine your doctor assigned to you, and under no circisantses take medication you think you need, even if a article on the internet says you should. Or a doctor who wrote a article on asthma, they will not know your health. So, I hope you learned something new today, and I hope you will take good care of your respiratory system to prevent asthma.
Story by Cassandra Homitz
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