How to Deal with Asthma
Asthma can be a very dangerous disease. While it can range in severity, when a bad asthma attack strikes, it can be fatal without treatment. Because of this, it’s a good idea for everyone to be familiar with the symptoms of asthma so that they can be quickly identified in yourself or your loved ones.
Symptoms of Asthma
A lot of people think that the symptoms of asthma are obvious and just has to do with not being able to breathe easily. That simply isn’t the case however. Here are a lot of the main symptoms that can let you know you may have asthma:
- Shortness of Breath - This is the number one sign of Asthma, but it isn’t the only one.
- Chest Pains - If you’re experiencing unexpected pain in your chest, it’s a good chance that Asthma may be the cause.
- Wheezing While Sleeping - Snoring is one thing, but a whistley wheezing sound while trying to sleep is quite another. Asthma symptoms are common while sleeping and will prevent you from being able to comfortably get a good night’s rest.
- Coughing Attacks - If you’re prone to coughing fits, there’s a good chance you may have Asthma.
Asthma symptoms can also occur situationally. Some people experience them only while they are working out. The extra stress on the cardiovascular system can show symptoms. There are other situations that can bring out the symptoms as well. Triggers can include dust or chemicals. If you have allergies, those items can also trigger symptoms.
Causes of Asthma
Sadly, there is no absolute concrete thing that can be pointed to as causing asthma. Currently the prevailing theories are that it is caused by a mix of genetic or environmental reasons.
What causes Asthma to flare up and attack a person however is fairly well known. There are several things that can bring on an asthma attack.
- Air Temperature - If you suddenly are facing a change in temperature or very cold air temperatures, there’s a good chance that your asthma will flair up.
- Airborne Contaminants - A lot of the things that are common for allergies will also cause Asthma to flare up. Pollen and dust are very common, but also things like mold and pet dander.
- Medications - It’s important to be very careful with your medication for other afflictions. There can be side effects for medications like beta blockers.
- Stress - Moments of very strong emotion and stress can cause an asthma attack very quickly. Usually it is negative situations, but very positive ones can as well.
Treatments of Asthma
Thankfully, there are treatments available to reduce the severity of asthma and allow people to usually live normal lives with it. What’s used for treatment depends on the person, but there are generalized plans for everyone.
- Long Term Medication - These medications are taken daily and they have the goal of reducing the chances of you having asthma attacks. They will do nothing for you when the attacks do happen, but they will make them less frequent. Once you start taking them, it will take a while before they provide you with all of the benefit you are hoping for.
- Short Term Medication - Short term medications often take the form of the inhalers that most people associate with asthma. These medications help reduce the severity of asthma attacks. Ideally they don’t need to be used too much if the long term medication is doing its job.
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