There are a number of products available that may help soothe your asthma, help reduce your symptoms or decrease the impact of your triggers. Allergy UK offers a range of approved products that help reduce exposure to allergens, including:
• Bedding, beds and mattresses
• Air purifiers
• Bed and carpet cleaners/vacuums
• Floor coverings and ceiling panels
There are many complementary therapies and remedies available that some people with asthma believe help decrease their symptoms or improve their breathing. We recommend always checking with a healthcare professional before you go ahead with any of these. Find out more about the latest treatments on Asthma UK’s website
Daily living aids for asthma
If you have severe asthma or asthma that is difficult to control with medications, you may find some daily tasks become more difficult due to feeling short of breath. NRS Healthcare offers a range of products for asthma, known as ‘daily living aids’. These are designed to help you stay as independent as possible and provide support with getting dressed, having a shower, shopping, cooking and getting out and about.
Here are some daily living aids that you may find useful:
• Perching Stool: enables you to sit down when doing household chores such as ironing or washing up
• Shower Chair: enables you to sit down whilst washing in the shower
• 2 in 1 Rollator & Transit Chair: provides support when walking and includes a handy chair that a companion can push if you need a rest
• Pedal Exerciser: if you find your symptoms worsen when you’re outside, try some gentle, seated, indoor exercise instead
If you are concerned that daily tasks are becoming difficult, you may require an assessment from an Occupational Therapist (OT) – contact your GP or local social services to arrange this. NRS Healthcare also has a team of OT’s that can help advise you which daily living aids for asthma are available and suitable for you. Contact them by email: [email protected] or telephone on 0345 121 8111.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and minimal processed food is really important for everyone, especially those living with a long term condition such as asthma. There is no special diet for asthma you need to follow, but some people find that certain types of foods can be one of their asthma triggers. For example, some people find that sulphites (preservatives) found in pickled foods, condiments, processed meats and alcoholic drinks, such as wine and cider, can be one of their asthma triggers and therefore need to avoid foods containing the ingredient.
Some people swear by taking certain supplements for asthma including vitamins, minerals and herbs such as omega-3s or magnesium. There is little research to prove these are effective and we recommend you discuss the use of asthma supplements with your GP to ensure they will not interfere with your medical treatments.
Exercise for asthma
Regular exercise is important for everybody and people with asthma often feel that exercise improves their wellbeing, improves lung function, boosts immunity and helps reduce weight. There are many famous sports people with asthma, including, footballer David Beckham and Olympic cyclist Laura Trott. However, some people may find that certain exercises can make asthma symptoms worse. It is important to try to maintain a good level of fitness and find an exercise that you enjoy and can manage. If in doubt, you could speak to a professional fitness instructor, a physiotherapist or your GP.
Asthma and smoking
If you smoke and have asthma, quitting smoking can significantly reduce the severity and frequency of your asthma symptoms.
The NHS provides 10 self help tips to stop smoking which may help you to quit.
Asthma and employment
Most people receiving an asthma diagnosis are able to continue to work, however some people feel their condition can make their working life difficult at times. This is often due to taking sick days, experiencing symptoms whilst at work, asthma triggers present in the workplace and forgetting to take medication (inhalers) due to a busy workload. Stress can also bring on asthma symptoms. If you are having difficulty managing your asthma whilst at work, speak to your employer to find solutions.
There are some jobs you may not be permitted to do due to your asthma diagnosis, for example, jobs in the Fire Brigade or armed forces. Similarly, if your asthma is triggered by factors in your workplace, you may be unable to continue to work there.
Asthma UK offers advice on asthma and employment.