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The teenage years can be rough for kids with asthma. Many teenagers with asthma feel bad, even depressed, about being “diferent” from their peers. These emotions can cause worry and may lead to poor asthma control. If you know a teen with asthma, here are some diferent ways you can help:
●● Ask your teen to share how he or she feels, but respect the need for space.
●● Help your teen feel better about himself or herself. For example, give praise for good work and behavior.
●● Encourage your teen to fnd appropriate activities that he or she enjoys. A sport or hobby, such as music, can be a real mood lifter.
Teen Angst: Asthma’s Emotional Side
Can alternative therapies you hear about really ease your asthma symptoms? Find out in this quiz.
Fact or Fiction?
1. No herbs or supplements have been shown to help asthma. It’s all “junk science.”
2. Never tell your doctor if you’re using these therapies. He or she might get upset.
3. Certain supplements that claim to help asthma could actually make your symptoms worse.
1. Fiction. There still isn’t a lot of evidence that many natural remedies work. But some recent studies have focused on traditional Chinese herbs, including ganoderma and ginkgo biloba. In the right combination, these plant extracts may improve asthma. They may boost the immune system and prevent airways from swelling. More research is needed to confrm the benefts of others, like fsh oil, and understand how they work best.
2. Fiction. Always talk with your doctor before trying any treatment, natural or otherwise.
Help or Hype? Natural Remedies to Tame Symptoms
Some herbs can interact with your current asthma medications. They can make your breathing more difcult, causing new health problems, so continue to take your prescribed medication.
3. Fact. Always be careful with natural remedies. Therapies that come from plants can cause skin rashes or respiratory
symptoms. For example, some research says butterbur can cause asthma symptoms when taken by mouth. Green tea has been linked to coughs. Talk with your doctor if you have nasal, sinus or other respiratory problems after taking natural remedies.
Are you looking for assistance with managing your asthma?
Call (800) 288-2902 to speak with a HAP’s HealthTrack Nurse Health Coach.