Inhalers that release harmful chlorofluorocarbons into the air are on their way out., reports the NY Daily News. Asthmatics who rely upon epinephrine inhalers will be forced to find a new source of relief by the end of the year when the product is banned for contributing to the depletion of the ozone.
Fortunately, most companies and people with asthma won’t be left in the lurch by this decision. In 2008, the FDA already all but put an end to this type of product to the extent that only one brand of these old-school inhalers still exists in the U.S. at this point.
Unfortunately, however, the brands of inhalers that are currently on the market require a prescription. And while they may be environmentally friendly, they are not as friendly on the wallet, costing about twice as much as the old variety on average.
If you find this news alarming, you may want to try some of these home remedies for curbing asthma attacks that have proven successful for some people with asthma in studies:
1. Take vitamin D. Kids with asthma may breathe a sigh of relief — thanks to vitamin D. New research suggests that children with asthma who have higher vitamin D levels in their blood may be less prone to asthma exacerbation and have fewer asthma related hospitalizations than children with lower levels.
2. Play a wind instrument. suggests that playing the wind instrument the didgeridoo improves respiratory function in asthmatics over time. If your child suffers from asthma, there is a chance that the breath control it takes to play a wind instrument might just improve his symptoms. A similar study presented in the Journal of Asthma that incorporated a control group supports their results. The students that played wind instruments had a significant decrease in asthma symptoms and anxiety compared to the students who played non-wind instruments.
3. Try the Mediterranean diet. Stronger adherence to a Mediterranean dietary pattern rich in fruits, vegetables and fish was associated with lower prevalence of wheezing in the past 12 months. The Mediterranean diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, nuts and other foods high in healthy, monounsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidant vitamins A, C and E.
4. Eat together as a family. One research study suggests family mealtime helped curb the frequency of asthma attacks.
Obviously you’ll have to see whether these approaches improve your asthma symptoms before giving up your inhaler altogether, but anything that makes you less dependent on expensive inhalers seems worth a shot.