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A 28-year-old male asked:

What are some breathing practices i can do to help improve my asthma? my asthma gets bad mostly at night. i will wake up and have to use my emergency inhaler because my chest is so tight. i would like to try to help it by practicing breathing better.

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Dr. Joy Jackson
Family Medicine 21 years experience
There : There are no specific breathing exercises you can do to improve your asthma. Often times if you are having asthma symptoms nightly you will need a controller medication, which is usually an inhaled steroid. This is typically taken twice a day as an inhaler and will help alleviate your night time symptoms, and also reduce the need for your rescue or emergency inhaler. One thing that may help is knowing what triggers your asthma, and subsequently avoiding exposure to those things. Common triggers are cold air, exercise, and pets. Please see your doctor right away so the proper asthma treatment can be initiated.
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Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Yes there are: There are a number of brathing exercises you can do but if you are awaking nightly with attacks you should have your controller inhaler reevaluated. It may also be that your bedroom has a "trigger" that is causing your problem (animal dander, rugs, carpeting etc). If these nightly attacks are frequent discuss your medication regimen with your physician.
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Last updated Oct 3, 2016


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