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These are the asthmatics who, regardless of how compliant they are with their preventative medicines, still have bad asthma episodes. We don't know what bum luck would cause some asthmatics to get so bad, but some simply develop asthma that becomes difficult to control. This can happen to any asthmatic from infant to adult. They see doctors on a regular basis. They are on all the state-of-the-art medicines (possibly even oral steroids), and yet still have asthma episodes regularly. They end up in hospitals more often than they'd like. Asthma Attitude: "I'm really trying to manage my asthma, but it's tough." Asthma Strengths: They are smart about asthma and work hard to control it. Asthma Weaknesses: They must be careful not to abuse their quick-relief inhalers or just give up on managing their asthma. Lessons to Live By: Stick with it. Follow your asthma management plan and change it if it's not working for you. Avoid your asthma triggers and always get help i...
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Other than suffering from one yourself, there’s little worse than watching someone suffer from an asthma attack. Lacking preparedness, a feeling of helplessness may envelop you. However, when you’re prepared, you’ll be a big help when you’re needed most. Here are 10 tips to prepare you to help a person suffering from asthma.
1. Educate yourself about asthma . Perhaps the most important thing you can do is simply to read as much as you can about this disease. There are many books, magazines, websites, and blogs dedicated to this disease, and a great place to start is right here.
2. Learn the asthmatics about asthma triggers . Asthma triggers are microscopic substances in the air that are innocuous (harmless) to most people, but which can trigger an asthma attack in an asthmatic. Examples include dust, mold, tree pollen, grass pollen, animal dander, cockroach urine, smoke, and pollution. Quite often, av...
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