What is Asthma?
Asthma is a common chest condition in which there is temporary narrowing of the breathing tubes in the lungs (airways) because they are hyper-reactive and oversensitive. In asthma, these tubes have inflammation and swelling of their linings, increased mucus inside, tightening of the muscles in their walls and therefore less flow of air in and out.
WHAT CAUSES AN ASTHMA ATTACK?
No single cause has been found, but a variety of factors may trigger an attack. A check list of trigger factors is:
Please seek Medical attention as soon as possible if you are unsure of you or your family's health condition.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF ASTHMA?
The main symptoms are breathlessness, tightness in the chest, wheezing and coughing, especially in the night.
Symptoms or signs of very severe asthma are anxiety, blue colour of the lips, cyanosis, ashen grey colour of the skin, fast pulse, rapid breathing, in drawing of the chest wall, difficulty speaking, no response to asthma medication and feeling very sick. These uncommon severe symptoms mean that you should seek urgent medical attention.
Asthma Genetic Predisposition
HOW COMMON IS ASTHMA?
About 1 child in every 4 or 5 has asthma, usually in a mild form. It usually comes on between the ages of 2 and 7. Most children outgrow by puberty, but a small number get it as adults. Others continue with it. About 1 in 10 adults has asthma.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR ASTHMA?
Prevention of attacks is the best treatment, and all asthmatics and their families should aim to know the disorder very well and become expert in it.
KNOW YOUR ASTHMA
STAY AT YOUR BEST
If you need medications, these should be as simple, safe and effective as possible. This is why inhaled medications are most often used for asthma. There are basically 2 types of inhaled medication that your doctor might advise you to use:
1. The Asthma preventor such as Pulmocort
2. The Asthma reliever which is called a bronchodilator
1. GET TO KNOW HOW SEVERE YOUR ASTHMA IS
2. AVOID TRIGGER FACTORS SUCH AS TOBACCO SMOKE
3. KEEP AT YOUR BEST WITH SUITABLE MEDICATIONS
4. GET URGENT HELP WHEN DANGER SIGNS APPEAR
5. HAVE AN ACTION PLAN FOR SEVERE ASTHMA
6. USE YOUR INHALERS PROPERLY AND USE A SPACER IF NECESSARY
7. GET A PEAK FLOW METER TO HELP ASSESS SEVERITY AND WORK OUT YOUR BEST LUNG FUNCTION
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