What is Asthma

13 Sep
2016
By Marie

Asthma is a chronic airway inflammatory syndrome in which there is difficulty in the airflow passage that ultimately leads to breathlessness and choking. Tremendous rise in disease have occurred over the past few decades effecting 300 million people worldwide and its prevalence is increasing day by day. About 20 million of the U.S population is suffering from Asthma.

Signs & Symptoms

There are heterogeneous signs and symptoms of ashtma such as recurrent cough, wheezing, chest tightness, difficulty in breathing especially during night and may get worsen with change in season

Asthma  Causes 

The complete reason of asthma is still unknown but there are some influential factors which elicits the condition such as genetic factor , gender, various allergens such as pollens, bacterial endotoxins present in house dust mites, cockroaches and molds, tobacco smoke, respiratory infections and chemical irritants . Aspirin and other drugs interaction ,change in season , emotional and physical exercise also triggers the condition.

Preventive measures

There are few steps which can prevent disease such as

  • Taking medicines timely
  • Monitor its signs and symptoms
  • Stay away from allergens such as pollens, smoke and other factors.
  • Physical activity like swimming expands lung volume and improves general fitness
  • Always stay hydrated , drink a lot of coconut water
  • Follow up with your physician after 3 months
  • Take natural supplements like Vitamin C, Omega fatty acids and dry grapes as they fortifies breathing

Treatment

This  is incurable so the sole purpose of the treatment is to gain hold over the clinical symptoms of the disease. There are long term medicines such as corticosteroids, long term beta agonist, leukotrienes which prevents disease symptoms. On other side Quick relief drugs such as Albuterol, levabuterol short acting beta agonist can be considered as life saving or emergency drug as it provides rapid relief and is generally available in the form of inhalers or nebulizers. This therapeutic regimen reduces the signs and symptoms, and decreases the incidence of death ,therefore improves the quality of life.

Myths & Facts

Myth: People with asthma cannot play sports

Fact :No, people can play sports by keeping good control over their asthma. Activities like swimming and slow warm up and cool down periods with exercise helps them to control  work out induced asthmatic conditions.

Myth:Asthma symptoms are the same for everyone.

Fact: No, It  differs from person to person. One may encounter chest tightness while someone else may only cough. So one should analyse the symptoms and take the preventive measures accordingly.

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Signs and symptoms

Typical symptoms are unusual bleeding or discharge, formation of unusual lumps, nagging cough, indigestion, and persistent headache. A person may feel chronic pain in bones, consistent fatigue, nausea, unexplained body loss

Causes

There is no exact underlying cause of the disease. There are 200 types of Cancer each of them is having specific root cause. There are certain factors which increase the person’s susceptibility towards the disease.

Cancer is a condition in which there is uncontrolled division of cells.  Cells keep on multiplying to form tumors which further interfere with normal functioning of body. There are two types of tumors one is benign which lacks the power of penetration and other one is malignant which spreads to other parts of body and destroys other healthy tissues.

Signs and symptoms

Typical symptoms are unusual bleeding or discharge, formation of unusual lumps, nagging cough, indigestion, and persistent headache. A person may feel chronic pain in bones, consistent fatigue, nausea, unexplained body loss

Causes

There is no exact underlying cause of the disease. There are 200 types of Cancer each of them is having specific root cause. There are certain factors which increase the person’s susceptibility towards the disease.

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