Asthma

Introduction to Asthma

Asthma is a common lung condition that can occur in anyone, young or old. Asthma gives people a hard time breathing, which is why these people have inhalers, that clear their airways. Inhalers aren't a cure to asthma, but they do help when a flare-up occurs, which can be the difference between life and death. The flare-up doesn't occur randomly, it usually has a trigger or an activity that makes it happen. I am now going to inform you a little bit more about asthma.

10 Facts About Asthma

  1. A lung condition that occurs in young and elderly that makes it harder to breathe.
  2. For people who have asthma, their airways become inflamed, swelling up and producing thick mucus. These airways are very sensitive, some smoke or dust can make the muscle tighten and it becomes even harder to breathe.
  3. People who have asthma say that when having an asthma flare-up, it’s like trying to breathe through a straw.
  4. There is no known reason why someone gets asthma, but people think that it could involve genes and environmental factors. Asthma isn't contagious, but it’s still very common and easy to get.
  5. There are many triggers that can cause an asthma flare-up, the most likely being allergens, airborne irritants, pollutants, weather, exercise and respiratory tract infections.
  6. Asthma flare-ups can last until the person takes their medicine, resulting in the person feeling better, but they could feel short of breath, or continually coughing.
  7. There isn't a cure for asthma, but you can prevent flare-ups, like taking the prescribed medicine and avoiding the triggers as best as possible.
  8. People with asthma are usually asked to keep a diary about their asthma, like when they took their medicine, and when they begin coughing.
  9. If a flare-up occurs while exercising or during sport, walking off and waiting for it subside or taking your medicine is the safest thing to do.
  10. Asthma is different for everyone, some have it very severe, while others have it fairly mild, it just depends on the person.

5 Things People Can Do To Maintain/Improve Their Health

  1. The smartest thing to do is avoid the triggers in the first place to prevent a flare-up.
  2. Taking your medicine regularly is also very smart, the long-term medicine that stops the flare-up from happening is very helpful.
  3. Be smart about your exercising. Don't make yourself run too hard, and when a flare-up occurs, take the medicine, and wait for the flare-up to go away.
  4. Sticking to the asthma action plan is a good tactic. Don't change anything, and take your medicine when you always do.
  5. Do not own a pet that can be a trigger towards asthma.

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Daniel M, March 16, 2015, B2