Introduction to Asthma and Asthma Symptoms
My kid brother suffered asthma and I can't count the number of times we made trips to the hospital, sometimes at the early hours of the day as we sought treatment for his asthma symptoms.
These symptoms came up at such odd times that we had to seek more natural asthma treatment than the regular ones readily prescribed. Some of these asthma treatments worked well, others, not so well, but in all, it was an experience learning to manage this condition so it doesn't escalate out of control.
What is Asthma?
According to mayo clinic, asthma is a chronic disease in which your airways become inflamed and narrowed. At this point, it gets filled with extra mucus, making it difficult to breathe.
When the airway gets narrowed, it becomes increasingly difficult for oxygen to pass through, making breathing tough for the sufferer.
Asthma is often not life-threatening but could become fatal if the symptoms are not properly managed or treated in time.
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Some Key Facts about Asthma and Asthma Symptoms You Should Know
1. An estimated 8 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with asthma.
2. Asthma is the most chronic ailment in children.
3. Asthma affects more boys than girls and more women than men. The reason for this remains unknown.
4. An estimated $56 billion gets spent in managing asthma symptoms yearly.
5. It is recorded that asthma sufferers have at least one asthma attack each year.
6. Asthma symptoms are easy to manage. However, an estimated 3,500 deaths occur from an inability to effectively manage these symptoms.
7. Asthma inhalers contain a potent component, corticosteroid, which helps soothe and reverse the inflamed airway, and is the most effective and widely used asthma treatment for managing asthma symptoms.
8. An estimated 235 million people suffer from asthma the world over.
9. Research shows that there is no known cure for asthma, but several asthma treatments exist for managing or stopping these symptoms when they occur.
10. An estimated 70-80% of asthma deaths occur in developing or under developed nations.
11. Genetics is a strong risk factor for developing asthma symptoms.
12. There is such a thing as occupational asthma and it is triggered by working in a place where you get constantly exposed to dangerous asthma-causing substances.
13. Puerto Ricans and African Americans have a higher risk of developing asthma symptoms than any other race.
14. Top celebrities living with asthma include David Beckham, Paula Radcliffe, Tom Dolan, Sharon Stone, Pink (music artiste), Diane Keaton, Kenneth Gorelick, Bonang Matheba, Dennis Rodman, and Kristi Yamaguchi
Some Common Asthma Symptoms to Look Out for
No one gets born with asthma. Most people develop this condition as they go. This ailment can develop at just about any age, especially if you have a greater risk propensity.
Here are some common asthma symptoms to look out for:
1. Shortness of breath, especially when exercising.
2. Wheezing, especially at night.
3. Chest tightening or discomfort.
4. Coughing, especially when sleeping.
4. Trouble sleeping due to the wheezing.
5. Increased pulse rate.
6. Increased respiratory rate.
If you experience these likely asthma symptoms and suspect you might have asthma, you should have your doctor check it out as there are a few medical ailments like respiratory infections, pneumonia, and lung cancer that mimic these asthma symptoms.
Common Asthma Causes to Look Out for
Some very common asthma causes include:
1. Allergies or environmental irritants like dust mites, smoke, cockroaches, molds, pollens, very strong odors or perfumes.
2. Prolonged exposure to cold weather.
3. Respiratory infections like flu or the common cold.
4. Intense physical activities like aerobic exercises.
5. Certain food additives and food like fish, shrimps, milk, or peanuts.
Risk Factors of Asthma and Asthma Symptoms
Certain people are more at risk of suddenly developing asthma symptoms and these are:
1. People who have one or more close relative with the condition.
There's a strong link between asthma and genetics. People with a sibling or parent have a high risk of developing asthma. This risk increases when more family members, including both parents, are asthmatic.
2. A child diagnosed with bronchiolitis also has a risk of developing asthma symptoms. Although both conditions differ, 40% of children with bronchiolitis go on to develop asthma.
3. Dangerous lifestyle habits including smoking also place you at risk.
4. Being constantly in a smoke-filled environment like the smoke from burning or an exhaust fume is also a risk you should avoid.
5. Being overweight has also been linked to asthma as the extra abdominal fats press against your lungs, making it a little difficult for you to breathe.
6. Babies born prematurely have a slightly increased risk of developing asthma symptoms. However, this risk reduces as they grow.
7. Babies born with a low birth weight are also at risk of developing asthma.
Effective Asthma Treatment for Managing Asthma Symptoms
There are a few known treatments that have proven effective in managing these common asthma symptoms. They include:
1. Asthma Inhaler
As earlier said, this is the most common asthma treatment and will provide immediate relief from the symptoms.
The inhaler you choose should be one that is quick-acting and easy to use. An inhaler that fits this bill is the Airphysio Natural Breathing Lung Expansion & Mucus Device that can be pursed easily on Amazon.
2. Asthma Drugs
Asthma drugs like theophylline, Albuterol, Flovent, Predisone, and Xolair are effective asthma treatments known to bring relief from asthma symptoms.
Some of these drugs used often will also help eliminate these symptoms to the point where they seldom occur. However, these drugs should be used under a doctor's order to prevent drug abuse and the resulting side effects.
3. Natural or Home Remedies
There are also a few home remedies for managing asthma. These include:
1. Taking a steam bath to bring relief from a stuffy nose.
2. Drinking a few cups of strong coffee when you can't readily get to your inhaler.
3. Practice breathing exercises to help control your breathing and prevent hyperventilation.
4. Take more food rich in vitamin D as a vitamin D deficiency has been known to trigger asthma symptoms.
5. Eat the right diet.
6. Get enough sleep (7-8 hours each night) so you don't get stressed.
My kid brother seldom gets asthma attacks and that's because he continues to use the right combination of asthma treatment for him, doing so religiously.
His is a testament to the fact that although this asthma can't be cured, the common symptoms disappear to the background.
You should work with your doctor to find the right asthma treatment for you, so you too can get some relief from these symptoms.
How to Prevent or Manage Asthma Symptoms
Asthma symptoms can be managed to the point where they appear almost nonexistent.
Here are some proven ways to manage or prevent attacks:
1. Exercise within Caution
While exercising is a great way to keep fit, you should do it within caution to prevent any asthma symptoms from developing.
You might also want to take your medications before exercising to prevent these symptoms from being triggered.
2. Know your asthma triggers and then avoid them like a plague.
3. Monitor your asthma symptoms so you know what medications work best then use more of these.
4. Listen to your lungs, especially when exercising.
5. Quit dangerous habits that could trigger an asthma attack.
6. Take an antacid just before bedtime if your asthma symptoms get triggered by acid reflux.
7. Avoid smoke-filled environments.
8. Cover up properly in extremely cold weather.
9. Avoid or limit food and food additives (especially those in beer) that trigger your asthma symptoms.
10. Opt for non-aspirin pain relief.
11. Learn the correct use of your inhaler, so you get the full benefits. Hold it an inch from your mouth and take a puff to open your airways. Wait for five minutes before taking the second puff as taking it immediately after the first makes it ineffective.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Farrah Young
Farrah Young (author) from Lagos, Nigeria on November 06, 2019:
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