Take Control Back From Your Asthma

World Asthma Day 2014Today is World Asthma Day – a day founded by the Global Incentive For Asthma. This year the theme of the day is ‘You can control your asthma’. Today I am going to talk about my personal experience suffering with Asthma, and ways which I have found to control my Asthma.

Asthma is a condition that affects approximately 235 million people according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). It can vary in severity, ranging from mild symptoms which cause very little disruption to life, to chronic and brittle asthma which can be fatal. I myself have suffered with asthma from the age of 7, when I was diagnosed with severe asthma. Meaning I was on numerous inhalers and medications, often being required to be taken to hospital and medical centres for nebulisation and further treatment.

Over time I found medications that helped control my asthma symptoms, and allowed me to continue with life normally. After contracting swine flu in 2009 I was left very ill, resulting in being rushed into hospital and having to take over a month out of my university course. There were some key things I could have done to prevent the severity of the illness from affecting my asthma. These are some tips and tricks I have learnt over time to help control my asthma

  1. Find your allergens. I am, like most asthmatics, allergic to dust mites so ensure I use hypoallergenic bedding, vacuum regularly and avoid dusty environments. Many doctors and some health shops may offer allergen tests, these can help you identify what aggravates your asthma symptoms giving you more control by removing these effectors as best possible.
  2. Always have an inhaler on you. This allows me to react promptly with my inhalers and relieve any issues as soon as I feel any asthma symptoms worsening before they escalate.
  3. Have regular medical check-ups. Many doctors will offer asthma clinics. Usually once a year I will be seen by a doctor to check I am on the correct medication, using my inhalers correctly and receive a flu jab. The flu jab is important as contracting flu can be especially dangerous for asthmatics, so protect yourself as best you can.
  4. Learn to use inhalers correctly. It can be very easy to slip into bad habits and use inhalers incorrectly lessening their effectiveness. Check out Asthma UK inhaler technique guide to see if you are getting the best out of your medication.
  5. Make your home environment safe. Again like many asthmatics, I suffer with hay fever, which has before caused serious asthma attacks. So keeping allergens out of my home environment is essential. I often find opening windows in times of low pollen to have fresh air and using an air purifier when I cannot do this helps ensure I have fresh, clean, safe air.

This World Asthma Day why not make a promise to yourself to take back the control of your asthma. Book a doctor’s appointment to check you are receiving the best care possible for you, check your inhaler technique and make your home a safe environment and regain your control.

It’s time to control your Asthma!

World Asthma Day was first launched in 1998 across 35 countries with an annual theme of ‘You Can Control Your Asthma.’ This year has a sub-theme of ‘It’s Time to Control Asthma’, encouraging people to complete the sentence ‘It’s time to….’

Here at Nikken, the end of our sentence is…

‘It’s time to breathe a new type of air this spring’.

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The KenkoAir® has been proven to provide fresh, clean air by eliminating air pollutants and bacteria. Nikken’s uniquely powerful purifier has been recognised as a sleek and modern piece of technology which reduces airborne triggers for asthma sufferers.

By removing 99.9995% of airborne particles and environmental pollutants, those with asthma really find this beneficial.  Common trigger’s for asthma sufferers include tobacco Smoke, infections, animal dander, dust mites and mould are common triggers, which are just some of the harmful airborne particles that the KenkoAir® is able to remove.

The KenkoAir® – bringing the fresh spring air indoors, but without pollutants that trigger asthma symptoms.02F78549

Not only is the KenkoAir ® an air purifier, but a deodorising filter too, and just as importantly, a highly-efficient fan. The KenkoAir ® is known to create a relaxing and soothing atmosphere known as ‘shinrinyoku’ to the Japanese, otherwise known as ‘Forest Air Breathing’. A sensation created by negative ions creates the abundance of a calm and natural setting, which can also ease the stress of an asthma sufferer.

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Nikken’s uniquely powerful purifier is endorsed by a number of respected scientific bodies such as the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation, Allergy UK and the Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association.

Having been awarded a ‘Seal of Approval’ from both ECARF and Allergy UK shows that the quality of the KenkoAir® really is worth it. Here is what Prof. Dr. Torsten Zuberbier, head of the ECARF said, “An air purifier can improve the quality of life for allergy sufferers by filtering out allergenic substances such as pollen, house dust and mould spores.”

Allergy UK confirmed this with the following quote. “Nikken’s KenkoAir® purifier assists in reducing air contaminants that affect allergy sufferers”

If you suffer from Asthma, or simply want to breathe in cleaner, fresher air this spring, you can receive 20% off for the whole of May; a great offer that can really get you off to a healthier spring. For more information, speak to you Independent Nikken Consultant, or visit http://www.nikken.eu.

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World Asthma Day – 01.05.12

Today is World Asthma Day 2012Dedication to Asthma Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment, an annual event, organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma with a goal to improve asthma awareness and care, all around the world.

This year’s World Asthma Day theme is: ‘You can control your asthma’ and this blog focuses on asthma, allergies and our new exciting announcement!

Indoor Allergies

With the summer fast approaching, we can hopefully enjoy the great outdoors and spend most of our time in the glorious sunshine; however in reality, a lot of our time is spent inside (approx. 90%) where indoor allergens hide. Therefore it’s important to make sure our time indoors is as allergy-free as possible.

House dust mites, in particular, can affect the quality of the air inside our homes, causing side effects such as; itchy eyes, shortness of breath, congestion, headaches and even poor sleeping. Indoor allergies are actually very common and approximately 10-20% of the UK population alone has an indoor allergy. Whilst these may not pose a serious threat to our health, those with allergies will tell you that it can have a significant impact on their quality of life.

Asthma can also be triggered by; house dust mites, mould, mildew, pet dander, tobacco smoke, pollen as well as cold air.

Some Unusual Asthma Therapies

Damlatas Caves in Turkey

Have you ever visited the Damlatas Caves which are said to help asthma? The cave, with its temperature of 22-23 degrees Celsius and humidity level of more than 90%, is one of the town’s most popular tourist attractions.

The atmosphere is meant to be therapeutic for people with respiratory problems and, doctors in the town actually prescribe visits to the cave for their patients!

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Salt Therapy

Salt therapy is a common natural treatment in Eastern and central Europe, but mostly unknown elsewhere. Put simply, it is a room full of salt, where you can relax and breathe in the salty air for therapeutic reasons. Again, on the theme of caves, these salt spas can be found in a cave/mine like atmosphere.

KenkoAir® Purifier

So what about a simpler solution to helping asthma and allergies?

You may have already heard the great news about the newly launched KenkoAir® Purifier in Europe!

The KenkoAir® provides fresh, clean air by eliminating air pollutants and bacteria and its medical-grade ULPA filter removes 99.9995% of airborne particles. So it really is like bringing pure, fresh forest air into your home. To find out more, visit our public website or MyNikken to read the latest article on this new modern Nikken product!

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Nikken Digital Team 🙂