Can Air Purifiers Help You Better Manage Asthma? Here's Everything You Need to Know

28 November 2020

It begins with incessant wheezing, chest tightening and coughing, followed by a painful speeding up in breathing and pulse rates — afterwards, your airways narrow and swell, making it so difficult to breathe.

Asthma is a serious disease and can kill if left untreated. With the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, asthma attacks can lead to respiratory failure.

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates about 19.2 million people in the U.S currently have asthma — which is 7.7% of the total U.S population.

Asthma flare-ups force muscles in the airways to contract and swell and then tighten — sometimes, even causing a dangerous production of extra mucus in the main bronchi

Common asthma triggers include:

Minor asthma attacks can be treated at home, but severe life-threatening cases — involving children, the elderly, and people with underlying medical conditions, especially — require immediate emergency care.

Here’s everything you need to know about asthma and how to better manage it every day:

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic, fatal lung condition that affects the respiratory system, especially the airways. A person with asthma inflammation has their lungs narrowing and inflamed — making it a painful struggle for them to breathe.

An asthmatic person often experiences:

The severity of these symptoms can determine if an asthma attack is imminent. Asthma attacks can range from mild to life-threatening — and can occur at any age.

So just because you’ve never had an asthmatic attack before doesn’t mean you can’t experience it in the future.

What are the Types of Asthma?

There are different ways and reasons why asthma occurs, but the main asthma triggers are the same including:

Here are some common types of asthma:

1. Childhood Asthma

Chronic asthma affects children more than it does adults. In 2017, childhood asthma affected children between age 5 and 14 years — which is around 9.7% of the total children in the same age group. Chronic asthma also affected 4.4% of children aged 0 to 4 years.

According to the American Lung Association, children asthma triggers often include:

If your child starts to experience life-threatening asthma attacks, seek medical attention immediately. A physician may be able to advise on how best to manage the condition.

2. Adult-onset Asthma

Asthma can occur at any age including later in life. According to a recently published study, adults experience persistent asthma symptoms more than children.

However, some factors often predispose adults to the risk of life-threatening asthma including:

  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Obesity
  • Hormonal factors
  • Allergies and exposure to allergens
  • Respiratory illnesses

3. Seasonal Asthma

This type of asthma occurs when allergens are present in a specific time of the year. For example, pollen in the spring or cold air in the winter can trigger seasonal asthma to no end.

Some people with seasonal asthma don’t often experience symptoms, while others can stay with the condition for the rest of the year or after the specific allergy season ends.

Side note: Seasonal allergies don’t always trigger asthma symptoms. Learn more about the differences between non-allergic and allergic asthma here.

How Do You Manage Asthma?

To keep asthma symptoms in check, adapt asthma treatment — your doctor should prescribe one for you — into an already existing lifestyle.

Having an asthma management plan or action plan will guide you through the following:

  • Getting emergency care if necessary
  • Responding to an asthma attack
  • Measuring levels of asthma control
  • Avoiding asthma triggers
  • Taking medication correctly and as advised

Asthma flare-ups differ from one person to the next. So your doctor should personalize an action plan according to your specific needs — and guide you on how to participate.

As for children, ensure their caregivers such as babysitters, or day-care supervisors or school teachers have their asthma action plan to better enforce the necessary actions — as a way to reduce chances of a severe asthma attack.

What are the Signs of Good Asthma Control?

Good asthma control means you need to avoid asthma triggers and allergens at all times. You’re applying asthma treatment effectively if the following apply:

  • You don’t need emergency treatment
  • Asthma symptoms don’t wake you up more than two nights in a month
  • Your activity levels are normal
  • You’re maintaining good lung function
  • Coughing and shortness of breath occur not more than two days in a month
  • You hardly need quick-relief medicine on most days or twice in a week

Are There Complementary Asthma Treatments?

Of course, there are. Non-medical remedies exist that you can explore to better manage chronic asthma symptoms.

Besides placebo medications, breathing exercises, and even acupuncture the use of an indoor air purifier is effective in fighting harmful airborne pathogens responsible for triggering respiratory illnesses such as asthma.

A good example is VBreathe Tasman.

VBreathe is an intelligent, portable all-natural indoor air purifier and detoxifier — our world-first patented combination of HEPA filtration and VActive Natural Gel technology that improves indoor air quality and fights harmful pathogens indoors.

We have pivoted to calling it an all-natural air purifier and detoxifier for several reasons:

  1. VBreathe rid your living space off mould, viruses, bacteria (all these are asthma triggers) and other harmful airborne pathogens lurking indoors.
  2. VBreathe can detect second-hand tobacco smoke, harmful PM2.5 particles, and carbon monoxide in the air thanks to the in-built smart sensors.
  3. VBreathe contains an all-natural VActive Gel with a unique blend of Australian essential oils — and expels it into the air to reduce harmful airborne pollutants.
  4. VBreathe uses our proprietary anti-bacterial coating to trap and reduce indoor microbes and toxins.

This device is also independently tested to capture up to 97% of ultrafine particles (the size of 1.0 micron). VBreathe Tasman, combined with asthma medical treatment, can prove effective in managing chronic asthma.

The Bottom Line

Asthma doesn’t take a vacation. It’s ever-present with us, and what’s worse? The many harmful asthma-causing triggers linger in the air inside your home. The most effective way to manage asthma is to improve air quality indoors. 

You may feel reluctant to invest in an all-natural air purifier and detoxifier, and that’s okay. But its benefits far outweigh the side-effects medical treatments pose in your body.

If you have asthma symptoms ensure to talk with your doctor first before taking asthma-related medication. Remember, tobacco smoke, mould, bacteria, viruses will make your asthma worse — yet an air purifier can get rid of them all.

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VBreathe Tasman is an intelligent and portable indoor air purifier and detoxifier.

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