In the US, approximately 20 million people suffer from one form of Asthma or the other and infect both young and old. Living with Asthma can be cumbersome, and while some people dealing with the chronic condition grow out of it, others are impacted greatly by the symptoms of Asthma. Asthma can also strike at an unexpected period, causing death if proper care is not exercised.
What are some things to know about fighting Asthma and living a fruitful life
An Asthma can strike when one least expects it. Hence, it is important to take note of certain precautions to ensure that a tragedy wouldn’t strike you or your loved ones. Asthma is a condition in which inflammation happens in the airways along the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing. The condition can worsen if thick mucus builds up along the pathway to the lungs, or becomes constricted when muscles contract.
Some typical symptoms of an Asthma attack include wheezing and coughing, a feeling of extreme tightness in the chest, much difficulty in breathing and potentially shortness of breath which can lead to cardiac arrest. Symptoms tend to appear more frequently in adults relative to children, and this can be attributed to changes in the chest walls after a certain age.
Even though Asthma is usually associated with allergies, there are also over contributing factors which can cause the condition. As Asthmatic patients often react to certain triggers, it is important to understand what can potentially spark off Asthma. Common triggers include pollutants, and can even be something as minor as a pet’s fur.
There is currently no cure for Asthma, but proper medication and precautions make the condition more manageable. Medications which are prescribed to patients are usually either for daily consumption or only during periods of Asthmatic attacks. An inhaler is often a popular way to manage the condition and is used frequently during periods of intense activity to reduce difficulties with breathing.
Below are some suggestions to maximize the quality of life if you/your loved ones are dealing with some forms of Asthma:
- Abstain from smoking, both active and passive
- Try other forms of exercises which are not highly intensive and gradually warm up to more strenuous exercises
- Maintain an environment free from dust mites and pollution at home (basically means keeping your house clean)
- Avoid places with a high degree of environmental dirt and pollution
Do you have any other suggestions?