Jun 23rd, 2013 | By | Category: For Senior Women

Seniors Can Get Asthma too

Asthma is typically thought of as a medical condition that is suffered by young children, who typically grow out of it eventually, or just have to avoid running when they get older.

While this is true to some degree, asthma is also suffered by a large number of senior citizens, and often without any knowledge to their doctor. Since a lot of health issues arise in individuals who are 65 or older, asthma isn’t one of the first things that come to mind when symptoms start to show up.

Since most asthma medication are more compliant with younger people, senior citizens suffering from asthma can have a more difficult time treating it with traditional medication.

While medication, like an inhaler, can be used in many cases, there are usually additional life changes and treatment methods that follow.

Instead of prescription drugs, we’ll focus more on natural and organic ways in which asthma symptoms can be controlled (and even eliminated) under certain treatment options. These methods are centered on breathing cleaner air and maintaining cleaner lungs.

1. Avoiding any kind of smoke or dust in the air — Smoking and using indoor wood stoves or

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fireplaces are out of the question. If it’s a matter of staying warm, opt for an electric heater, and avoid the fumes of a wood-burning stove. It might be an adjustment, but it absolutely will make a difference if you have an elderly person who is suffering from asthma attacks or asthma-like symptoms.

2. Use a vaporizer — Using a vaporizer in your home can have benefits that go far beyond treating asthma, so if you’ve been experiencing even minor issues with asthma, it’s worth the investment.

A “c3” vaporizer will be helpful in cleaning the air in your home and make it much more tolerable to breathe. This will also help reduce dust, airborne allergens and other contaminants in the air that would otherwise be ingested, and would contribute to asthma related symptoms.

It’s not a perfect solution, but a vaporizer is one of the first things you should try to see if it can cut down on your asthma symptoms— you might be surprised with the results.

3. Hypoallergenic bedding — You can get bedding that is specifically designed to prevent allergy symptoms and provide you with a cleaner and more breathable place to sleep. This should be considered, particularly if the person suffering from symptoms is having more trouble sleeping at night, or if there are pets in the home that have access to the bedroom.

4. Improving the airflow — Since senior citizens typically struggle to keep warm, they’ll often keep their homes sealed up pretty tightly, with little or no room for airflow. This can lead to stale, stagnant and unclean air that can quickly exacerbate asthma symptoms.

If you have an older relative who is currently in this situation, try to convince them to keep windows open throughout the day, or keep a fan on inside the house.

Getting a cross breeze of fresh air throughout the day is important for a home where people are suffering from asthma, so make sure the person is not shooting themselves in the foot by keeping their house sealed up and devoid of any fresh air.

For those who have central air, you could also consider turning the thermostat down and getting some cooler air into the house.

Try these first…

These solutions aren’t extreme, and they might seem like feeble attempts to stop asthma attacks or symptoms; however, you would be surprised at how much of a difference the quality of the air can make for seniors who suffer from asthma.

Try these fast fixes first, then, if you’re still having trouble, you can move onto treatment methods that may be more aggressive.

Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer from the Los Angeles area whose writing covers various industries, including holistic health, business marketing and personal fitness. When working from her office for her company, Gryffin Media, she always makes sure to have a continuous and clean airflow.

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