ASTHMA. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW...
Asthma is a chronic disease affecting the airways. In people with asthma, the inside walls of the airways are inflamed, making them hypersensitive and easily irritated. When these airways become inflamed, they get narrower which in turn makes getting air to your lungs harder. This causes symptoms like wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and trouble breathing.
While we know asthma cannot be cured, there are many things you can do to lessen your symptoms and lead an active life.
Occasionally, asthma symptoms flare up, and an asthma attack can ensue. During an asthma attack airways become swollen and muscles around them tighten, making the airways even narrower so less air can flow through. At the same time, cells in the airways make more mucus than usual, exacerbating the situation and making breathing very difficult.
Some asthma attacks are worse than others. In severe cases, vital organs can become deprived of oxygen, leading to an emergency situation. You should learn to recognize signs of an oncoming asthma attack so that you can respond quickly. Most asthma attacks are preceded by warning signs. Recognizing them and treating symptoms early can help prevent attacks or keep them from becoming severe.
If you suspect you have asthma, it’s important for you to see a doctor to diagnose your condition, and receive help in getting your asthma under control.
If you’ve already been diagnosed with asthma, you should learn what causes your asthma symptoms and implement a plan to help you avoid those situations.
While no one knows for sure what causes some people to have asthma, and not others, it is suspected that a combination of environmental and genetic factors are at the root of the problem. You are more likely to develop asthma if it runs in your family and if you’re overly sensitive to environmental allergens and irritants.
LIVING WITH ASTHMA
The key to living with asthma is to get your symptoms under control so you can take part in all the activities that lead to a fulfilling life.
You and your doctor can work together to control asthma, reduce the severity and frequency of attacks and help maintain a normal, active life.
And Efficas Care can help.
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