Asthma is a long-term infirmity affecting the lungs. Within the lungs are airways or small tubes that conduct air into and out of your lungs. When these airways become inflamed for one reason or another, they become swollen, irritated, and highly sensitive. They also constrict, narrowing the passageway even more. In reaction, cells in the region may produce more than the typical quantity of mucus. This further congests the airways, making breathing more difficult.
Asthma can cause one or more difficult symptoms to occur. The chest feels tight. Breathing is accompanied by wheezing or a whistling resonance. The patient is likely to cough badly, especially late at night or at the break of dawn.
There are some pharmaceutical medicines which can help a person overcome some of the symptoms of asthma. As in almost all drug-based solutions, however, there are certain side-effects which a patient has to suffer through. In some cases, the adverse reactions of some patients to these drugs, especially when medications are taken on a long-term basis, may seem worse than the attacks they are meant to address. Consult a doctor at all times.
The signs of asthma can range from mild to harsh. However, there have been reports of patients who die from the condition, simply because people did not think that the condition warranted immediate attention. People with asthma need to be watched conscientiously during an asthma attack before the symptoms get worse. This is especially true of children so that the risks can be minimized.
Asthma serves as a hindrance to living life to the fullest. It adversely affects the condition of your life. Asthma prevention is a commonsensical approach to the condition which primarily calls for making significant but basic lifestyle changes. It requires a change in how a person perceives and deals with things which have a bearing on asthma. It calls for a change in attitude and disposition so that we make the right choices.
• Avoid plants and flowers heavy with pollen. Minimize exposure to pets whose hair, scales, feathers, or skin may set forth an asthma attack.
• Avoid going out when the climate is too cold or too hot. Wear the right attire outdoors to neutralize heat or cold. At home where you can control the temperature, try to keep it at around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Use filter systems to keep out elements which may provoke an attack.
• When doing household chores like mowing the lawn, dusting, or general spring cleaning, wear a mask.
• Consider using a mold inhibitor (usually added as a supplement to paint), to prevent the growth of molds, especially in areas likely to become humid or damp.
• Use an inhaler to clear the lungs. They help you breathe more easily and stop the chest from feeling tight.
• Minimize smoking. If you are a non-smoker, stay away from people when they do smoke. Second-hand smoke is just as bad, or even worse some people say, than first-hand smoke.
• Watch the food that you eat. Observe your reaction when taking in food which may elicit difficulty in breathing.
• Do not work yourself to the point of exhaustion. Pace yourself. Work or do physical activities within your limits. However, make sure that you DO exercise. It has been found to be good therapy for asthma patients.
In general, pay attention. When you have an attack, try to determine what caused it. Then do what you can so that you limit your exposure to the agent/s that triggered the attack. Asthma prevention is way better than looking for a cure.2016-08-04