Asthma Treatment Health Tips

If you are suffering from Asthma, here are some treatment health tips.

 

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It seems like that almost anyone who wheezes after running a mile or two can be heard blaming it on their asthma. In reality, however, many of these individuals do not know what asthma really is, much less have it. From the Greek word for “panting”, asthma is a fairly common and chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs and airways.

It is characterized by bronchospasms and reversible airflow obstruction. The most common symptoms of asthma are shortness of breath, coughing, chest tightness and wheezing. These symptoms can range in intensity from mild to severe, as can the classification of the disease itself.

Asthma Causes

Asthma is believed to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. These variables affect its severity and how well it will respond to treatment. Symptoms can either appear after rigorous exercise or when triggered by certain allergens.

It is thought that primarily due to Western housing’s propensity to accumulate indoor allergens such as dust, children may develop asthma in infancy or early childhood. Nonetheless, this only accounts for the increase in Asthma’s prevalence rather than the universal cause for the disease.

It seems that reducing dust mites and filtering the air properly in your home can help prevent your children from developing asthma later in life. On the other hand, exposure to certain allergens early in life, such as cat and dog hair, can actually help prevent the child from developing a sensitivity later on.

Recent findings have shown a very strong correlation between the rise in cases of asthma and obesity. The degree of such symptoms seemed to correlate directly with each 20% increase in Body Mass Index.
Psychological stress, which has long been suspected to trigger asthma symptoms, has only recently been conclusively proven to do so. It seems that such stress increases the immune system’s airway inflammatory response to irritants, causing the symptoms to manifest.

Asthma Treatment Tips

The only conclusive method of preventing asthma found thus far has been reducing or eliminating smoke exposure to the baby in utero, after delivery, and during the breastfeeding phase.

Effective treatment of asthma means managing symptoms and avoiding exposure to triggers. Once the triggers are identified, whether it be smoke, allergens, or air pollution, they should be rigorously avoided.

For the short-term relief of symptoms, bronchodilators are available. Often this is enough for individuals who have mild to medium symptoms and a low frequency of attacks. If the disease is more persistent, inhalable glucocorticoids are recommended. For individuals who suffer frequent or daily attacks, high dose or oral glucocorticoids are an option.

Asthma is a condition that can be mild or severe. Because of this, it is recommended that you consult with a doctor about your symptoms, triggers, and severity level before you decide or undertake a treatment plan. Often times, the disease gets better over time, especially in young children.

As such, if you find that your symptoms are improving, it is best to consult once again with your primary care physician about changing or tapering off your treatment plan.

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