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8 Asthma Symptoms and Easy Ways for it’s Treatment

8 Asthma Symptoms and Easy Ways for Asthma Treatment

Overview

Asthma is a chronic allergic condition of the respiratory system which induces inflammation and symptoms like heaviness in the chest and shortness of breath.

Asthma is not a curable disease that goes away after a treatment, But don’t panic there are certainly tons of methods to control it

Asthma can be a minor obstacle or it can interfere with our daily activities. In some cases, it may be fatal and can threaten to life. Asthma may cause difficulty in breathing, chest pain, fatigue, cough, and wheezing.

It can usually be managed with rescue inhalers to treat symptoms (salbutamol) and controller inhalers like Formoterol Fumarate that gives relief.

In this post I’ve figured out major Asthma symptoms, and their Asthma types

Asthma definition

A condition in which a person’s airways become inflamed, narrow and swell, and produce extra mucus, which makes tightness in the chest leading to the difficulty to breathe.

Asthma triggers

Triggers of Asthma are Fairly simple and known to all. People who have respiratory infection like common cold, flu are likely to have Asthma. The main triggers of Asthma are dust, mites, airborne allergens, molds.

A specific person is more susceptible to get this triggers than another person as his genetic make out is in such a way. Even the medication you take are also responsible to your triggers. Medication such as Beta blocker, Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), Naproxen (Advil or Motrin), Ibuprofen (Aleve or Naprosyn)

Up to 12-15% of children may suffer from asthma complaints by school age. In many children, the symptoms fades in early puberty and may even show up later, with more severity especially in those with mild asthma.

Some children may show fewer symptoms while those having a frequent respiratory problem may need to appoint for a Physician. It’s diagnosis are as follows:

Asthma Symptoms

Adult-onset asthma

It is a stage in which the patient is entering Adulthood approx. after 20 age. We call it adult-onset Asthma. It is the stage where the victim may diagnose his frequent Respiratory problem. Chances of getting Asthma are people who are:

Occupational asthma

This may happen due to continuous exposure to pollutants, gases, fumes, or asthma-causing agents. This may damage the Respiratory system like a slow poison, and later it becomes too late to cure it. So beware of the climate at your job. Basically, symptoms are likely to be the same as that of another type of asthma. They are likely to be:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Allergic to a certain area where fumes or gases are higher
  • Runny nose
  • watery cough

Occupational asthma can be treated if you came to know about what specific allergens are causing your nasal congestion. You can ask to maintain the quality of air, or maybe you have to quit your job as a step of a preventive measure.

You guessed it right! People are more likely to develop asthma in colder weather or sudden change in weather. One study conducted in Detroit found that when there was a rapid 10-degree rise in temperature or a 10% rise in humidity there are chances of getting Asthma episodes in mild patients.

Spring

Pollen are higher in this season. They are a major cause of triggering asthma. If you have a habit of exercising in the morning, then you should change your exercise timing, especially in spring. The freely moving pollen are present in high concentration during 4 am – 9 am.

Workouts leading to increased breathing sessions may give entryway to the pollen in your respiratory tract. So the point is, opt for exercise in the evening.

Winter

“For some asthmatics, cold air can be one of their triggers.” This is the season when you tend to adjust your indoor temp rise a few degrees. If humidity is also increased by chance, you are likely to invite mites and some allergens to grow in. Use a mask, jacket to warm up your chest and avoid inhaling allergens. You can also use Formoterol transhaler pump before exercise or doing hard work.

Summer

Asthma episodes tend to be lowest in the summer months, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still cause problems for some asthmatics. Dust, Pollution through traffic are still liable to make you sick. Particulate matter trapped in heat waves can still cause you to get the asthmatic condition.

Fall

This is typically a season where people get cold and flu. Air is generally cooler in this climate and can lead to asthmatic episodes. Generally, people with asthma have to take precautions while going between those infected with flu, but when they get an infection, their recovery rate is slower than other individuals.

You might have known now that the major cause of Asthma are pollens. The Genetics of every individual is different, but there are some common allergens as follows:

Allergic Asthma
  • Pollens
  • dust
  • mites
  • pet dander
  • fumes of harmful gases
  • pesticides smell

Asthma during Pregnancy

Asthma in Pregnancy

Pregnant women have so many restrictions while taking any medicine as it may risk abnormal fetal growth or other complication. Any medication taken during pregnancy can potentially have risks.

Women during pregnancy are going through various hormonal changes. Medication taken during this situation need to give utmost precaution and follow up by a doctor. Severe or poorly controlled asthma during pregnancy might increase the risk of various problems, including:

  • Premature birth
  • Uneven fetal growth
  • High blood pressure
  • low infant weight

Always consult your Gynecologist before getting your allergy shots or continuing your asthma medications.

Stress induced Asthma

Lives are getting busier and challenging day by day, isn’t it? and in this turmoil, we are losing our inner peace and getting carried away towards stress. Well! it’s ok to stress out sometimes but it may affect our life if we get stressed more frequently.

Stress-induced asthma is similar to the panic attack. So they share man similar symptoms. Having enough rest, eating a healthful diet, and exercising regularly are always a safer side to reduce stress levels.

Preventive measures for Stress Management

  • Meditation
  • regular exercise
  • minimum 8 hours sleep
  • yoga for the Respiratory system
  • following healthy diet

Check out my whole article on Stress management here

Asthma in Obesity

Obesity Increases Rates of Severe Asthma. Study data shows that obesity increases the prevalence and has much lesser control to resist Asthma. In Asthmatic subjects with obesity, tidal volume and lung volume counts are low. This may prompt asthma attack easily in obese subjects.

Find out your BMI (Body Mass Index) stats

Weight

Body Mass Index

Underweight

<18.5

Normal

18.5 – 24.9

Over weight

25.0 – 29.9

Obese

>30

  

Obesity has its roots in public health issues, and a major risk factor and a disease modifier for asthma in children and adults.

Obese people have increased risk of asthma, and obese asthmatics have more frequent and severe exacerbations, reduced recovery rate to several asthma medications, and decreased quality of life. So pull up your socks for being under Normal category.

“Asthma is treatable and well can be controlled.“
CATHY FREEMAN

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