Every asthmatic should be aware that both humidity and cold air are two very common asthma triggers . So why is this? What can you do about it?
It's been common wisdom for years that the combination of humidity and cold air helps with croup , or swelling of the voice box and trachea. Put a croupy kid in the hot and steamy bathroom and the swelling gets better.
Another method that often works for croup is taking the child outside in the cold winter air. This is why many times when a parent decides to take the child to the hospital, the child is fine by the time they arrive in the emergency room.
This is true for croup, so many doctors of old believed it must also be true for asthma. Yet it was a fallacy, and now -- thankfully -- most doctors are aware of this fallacy. In fact, now doctors are aware that both cold air and humidity can actually trigger an asthma attack.
When I was little boy way back in the 1970s, my pediatrician recommended my...
I'm a well-educated and fairly intelligent person who has been undergoing t he challenges of a variety of things caused by my osteoarthritis for over 14 years . Many people don't understand my refusal to take pain meds in spite of, at times, debilitating pain. The side effects for me, haven't been worth taking any of the HUGE variety of prescription drugs on the market.
A few months ago, my orthopedic surgeon as well as my neurologist, diagnosed me with the biggest challenge so far - my back is "betraying" me! My lower back has deteriorating disks, I also have stenosis of the spinal column, bulging disks, exposed nerves, and a few other things. Therefore causing excruciating pain. After a CT Scan, I was also told I needed to sell my house and buy one with no stairs. It was also recommended that I be sure to have wide doorways (they didn't need to explain that to me!).
Yes, I was frightened about the future. My doctors also put me on a 24 hour a day regimen of strong narcotic paink...
I'm sitting here panting, sipping on a glass of ice water as if I've been lost in the desert for months - the downside of testing out that dusty treadmill sitting in mine and my mother's living room.
It's true that treadmills don't sound too appealing, but I started out aiming for only a fourth of a mile while listening to music - The Clash's 'Should I Stay or Should I Go', which for me personally is a wonderful song to walk to. The tone of it is subtly angry, but that little push of anger gives me fire and encourages me to continue.
Walking inside the house can be done without a treadmill, however. Considering the weather as it is in some places (it's snowing in my neck of the woods), walking outside is near impossible for many, and if you're like me and you depended on the great outdoors to inspire weight loss, you might be feeling pretty stuck!
I have taken it upon myself to improvise, and with or without a treadmill, exercising in the house without having to d...
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