Asthma is extremely difficult to control. Here are some alternative therapies (Do not stop taking your prescribed medications!):<br />
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Allergy-proof the home. Clean everything top to bottom often, get two air purifiers on either side of the room for sleeping, and also a humidifier to ensure passages do not dry out and become cracked and open to infection. Carpets are bad for asthmatics. If you must have them, vacuum every day. Pets? Don't have any (sorry *sad face*). <br />
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Supplements! Vitamins!!!! Vitamin A, fish oils, do it. Too bad if you don't like it, it's a natural anti inflammatory, and asthma is a disease of inflammation. Vitamin C, D3, omega 3,6,9, and iron, just don't overdo the iron. B12 is great for sinus congestion.<br />
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Go on a Mucinex regimen, 1200mg per day (whatever that highest dose is). guaifenesin is a musculoskeletal relaxant. Benedryl regimen. One pill every six hours... you'll soon get over the initial drowsiness this causes. Ask your doc about singulair, but only if you are going to have insurance for many years, as stopping this drug cold turkey can cause pneumonia.<br />
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Drink coffee. Cut down on your sugar intake, get most of your sugars from real actual fruits. Drink a lot of water. Watch for food allergies that cause your asthma to flare up. Avoid cold air. Don't allow your lungs the shock of going from warm air to cold air.

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My brother was a terrible asthma sufferer. He spent 2 out of every 3 weeks in hospital for the first two years of his life. He was taken to the countries foremost asthma expert (many years ago)<br />
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He was given massive diet restrictions and showed massive improvement. In fact out of 4 children he is now the biggest and burliest. The diet was tough though. It was many, many years ago but I remember that both wheat and dairy products were not allowed. I cant remember much else. He also works in the dairy industry and drinks as much milk as he wants now.<br />
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I would recommend seeing an asthma specialist and inquiring about diet changes if you do not wish to continue with medication. I hope that you find a good solution for yourself either way =D

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