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We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.
We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.
Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.
Asthma is a lung disease that affects your breathing. The airways that carry air in and out of your lungs become inflamed and constricted. Wheezing, cough, chest tightness and difficulty breathing are common symptoms.
Triggers can cause your asthma symptoms to worsen. If you avoid your triggers and limit exposure to those you cannot avoid, you may need less asthma medicine to keep your asthma in good control. These are the most common types of asthma triggers:
Less common asthma triggers can include stress, changes in weather, food preservatives (sulfites), and even over-the-counter medicines, such as aspirin. You may also consider using artificial Christmas trees, as live trees can trigger an asthma attack.
Managing and avoiding triggers may involve finding ways to reduce exposure to indoor and outdoor allergens. You will also need to plan ahead and prepare for physical activity, avoid infections, manage stress, and minimize the effects of air pollution whenever possible.
Most households contain allergens. The most common indoor allergens are:
You can take some simple steps to reduce these allergens in your home.
Dust mites are very tiny microbes found in common household dust. They can be found in every part of the house. However, it is especially helpful to keep your bedroom as dust-free as possible. Regular and thorough cleaning of your home can reduce your exposure to indoor allergens.
Here are some tips for reducing dust mites:
If you have pets, keep pets that have fur or feathers out of the house, especially out of your bedroom. Fur, feathers, and dried saliva on cat hair can trigger asthma. Wash your hands after touching pets. Also, consider using a HEPA filter for your vacuum cleaner or a portable air filter in rooms where pets are present.
Bathing your pets on a regular basis may be helpful but is not a substitute for relocating your pet.
If you have cockroaches, hire an exterminator if you can not get rid of them yourself. If you live in a multiple-unit building, it is best if all the units can be treated by an exterminator at the same time. However, here are some other tips for dealing with roaches that you might want to try first:
Mold and mildew are types of fungus. Mildew (early-stage mold) and mold grow rapidly in moist environments. Molds produce allergens and irritants that can make your asthma worse.
Here are some steps you can take to eliminate the source of moisture and effectively deal with the mold problem.
Ways to reduce your exposure to perfumes, sprays, and strong chemicals:
Replace strong chemical household cleaners with your own homemade cleaners using baking soda, lemon juice, or white vinegar.
Common outdoor allergens can trigger asthma, especially in the spring and the fall. Pollen season usually begins in February or March and lasts through October. Trees pollinate first, followed by grasses and weeds.
There are several strategies for reducing exposure to outdoor allergens, including:
Smoke, air pollutants, and other irritants can trigger your asthma. Some examples include:
Ways to reduce your exposure to smoke, smog, and air pollutants:
Common infections, such as the cold or flu, can trigger asthma in some people. A sinus infection or bronchitis can also cause an asthma attack. Tips on how to reduce your exposure to infections include:
Regular physical activity makes your heart and lungs stronger and helps reduce stress. It may also improve asthma. However, physical activity may also trigger asthma. This can happen when you run, especially in a cold, dry environment. Any physical exertion can trigger some people's asthma.
You can be physically active or play sports even though you have asthma. In fact, many professional and Olympic athletes have asthma.
To successfully participate in physical activity, it is important for you to prevent and manage asthma flare-ups:
We may recommend that you avoid some common over-the-counter medicines because they can have adverse affects in people with asthma. These include:
• Aspirin. Most people with asthma can take aspirin. But in a small number of people, aspirin can cause your airways to tighten, resulting in wheezing and shortness of breath. Aspirin sensitivity often develops in adulthood. The only way that you can tell if you are sensitive to aspirin (and related medications) is to experience a bad reaction with your asthma.
• Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen are used to treat inflammation and are often taken for pain. Just like aspirin, they can cause severe attacks in people with aspirin-sensitive asthma.
Aspirin and NSAIDs are sold over-the-counter under different names. Carefully read labels on products that may contain aspirin, like cold remedies, allergy medicines, pain killers, and relievers of stomach discomfort.
Prescription medicines to avoid include the following:
• Beta blockers. Beta blockers are mostly used to treat high blood pressure, angina (heart pain), irregular and fast heart beat, and congestive heart failure. Older types of beta blockers such as propanolol could cause severe tightening of the airways. However, the newer beta blockers such as atenolol are less likely to do so. If you need a beta blocker, talk to us so that we can adjust your medications.
• ACE inhibitors. These are another class of drugs used to treat high blood pressure. One of the most common side effects of ACE inhibitors is persistent dry cough, which occurs in up to 20 percent of people. If you start coughing while you're taking an ACE inhibitor, remember that the cough might not be caused by your asthma. If the cough is caused by the ACE inhibitor, it will usually go away a week or so after you stop taking the medicine. If you develop other problems that make your asthma worse, call us to see whether you should stop taking your ACE inhibitor.
We will review all of your medicines and make any needed adjustments.
Stress can make breathing more difficult. When you feel anxious or frightened, your asthma symptoms may get worse.
Many people with asthma find that it helps to practice deep breathing, relaxation exercises, and other stress-management techniques to reduce stress.
Learn to pay attention to your breathing. Belly breathing or deep breathing relaxation is an easy technique to incorporate into your daily routine to reduce your stress level. Deep breathing includes the following steps:
Some people find it helpful to talk with a mental health provider to help manage stress more effectively.
Changes in weather, including hot or cold temperatures, and changes in barometric pressure, humidity, or wind can affect asthma.
If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. An emergency medical condition is any of the following: (1) a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs; (2) active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety, or (3) a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder.
This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of specific medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional. If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult with your doctor. If you have questions or need more information about your medication, please speak to your pharmacist. Kaiser Permanente does not endorse the medications or products mentioned. Any trade names listed are for easy identification only.