An Overview on Asthma

11 March of 2008

Are you facing problems like coughing, wheezing, and rapid breathing, then it is right time to have proper medical check up as all these symptoms are related to disease called Asthma. Asthma is unceasing diseases that affects your airways, where airways are important tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. Now during asthma attacks inner walls of your airways turn out to be more sore and this makes them very sensitive, and they may react to different things that are sensitive to you. When your airway reacts, they get narrower and as a result your lungs get a lesser amount of air and this cause coughing, and trouble breathing.

The term ‘asthma‘ has been originated from an old Greek word which means ‘to pant’. It is fundamentally a chronic state which influences the air passage when they are stirred by environmental features that act as triggers. It is important to understand that an asthma attacks are not all same some may be worse than others. In case of stern asthma attack, the airways get so close that sufficient oxygen does not get to vital organs and this lead to a medical emergency. So, if you have asthma problems, you should visit your doctor frequently.

However there are some vital steps and effective ways to prevent yourself from asthma attacks:

  1. The first and most vital step to prevent attacks involves recognizing and keeping away from substances that acts as trigger like: dust, cigarette smoke, shag rugs and cause asthma attack.
  2. Have proper medication for asthma prevention. Medicines can be broadly categorized as : (a) Quick-Relief Medicines: As the name suggests, it is taken at the initial signs of asthma indication for instant relief. After having these medicines you can easily feel the effects of medicines within few minutes. In simple terms they perform rapidly to calm down tightened muscles around airways and allow sufficient air to flow through. (b) Long-term Control Medicines: In this case you take medicine everyday for long periods to prevent from asthma attacks. Moreover in these types of medicines, you feel the full effects after few weeks. People with constant attack need to have long-term control medicines.
  3. Monitor your asthma very closely so that you can easily distinguish your asthma attack symptoms and react fast to prevent an asthma attack. Make the best use of Peak Flow Meter device to monitor how well your lungs are working. An effective Peak Flow Meter can warn you of a probable attack. If Peak Flow Meter shows that your breathing is getting poorer, you should tag on your emergency asthma action plan.

Moreover as per recent studies, it has been revealed that the immune system of children and adults who have asthma responds quite differently. Sometimes, immune system could react excessively to bacteria and thus increase the chances of severe asthmatic attack. Children with asthma will require help from their parents. It is important for parents to be more alert for possible signs of asthma in children that can be coughing at night, wheezing, or other signs of breathing problems. In case you guess that your child has asthma, take your child to a doctor for proper testing. Whereas in adults, they may require to adjust their treatment because of other diseases that they might have.

Certainly taking care of your asthma is key part of your life. By calculating and controlling your asthma, you can avoid severe symptoms and take part in all activities.

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