Man is exposed to many unhealthy environments. Our soil is polluted. Our water is polluted. Our sea is polluted. Our air is polluted. Even our weather is suffering. Due to this, man has been captivated by a number of diseases. Man is becoming unhealthy with the stress of work and the food he takes in. In order to “relax” man has found many bad ways like smoking, drinking alcohol, drug addiction and many other ways by which he himself invites the diseases to his cadaver.
Asthma is a chronic disease of the airways in the lungs. The two main components of asthma are airway constriction and inflammation. Together, constriction and inflammation result in narrowing of the airways in the lungs, which results in symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. It’s also important to remember that some days, you may not even experience any symptoms at all. But your asthma is still with you. That’s why it’s essential to continue treating asthma, with daily preventative medication, even on days you feel well. One way of helping to manage your asthma is through education. In this section we have provided useful information about asthma so you’ll begin to understand how to help treat it.
Our body’s reactions to the pollutants cause the airways to become narrower and irritated – making it difficult to breath and leading to symptoms of asthma. It is difficult to say for sure what causes asthma. What we do know is that:
- you are more likely to develop asthma if you have a family history of asthma, eczema or allergies
- certain environmental factors influences the weather which also causes asthmatic reactions
- many aspects of modern lifestyles – such as changes in housing materials or deterioration of existing materials (fungus, mold, damp damage)
- food preparation processes, unhealthy diet, pesticides or contaminants on food – may have contributed to the rise in asthma over the last few decades
- smoking during pregnancy significantly increases the risk of a child developing asthma
- children whose parents smoke are more likely to develop asthma from second-hand smoke
- environmental pollution can make asthma symptoms worse and may play a part in causing some asthma
- adult onset asthma may develop after a weakness created in the body from a viral infection
There is relief for asthma, as there are some excellent medicines available to help you to control your asthma so that is does not interfere with your daily life. Asthma can be treated with natural dietary supplements which are filled with herbs, and alleviates the asthma with no side effects. It is important that you take your asthma medicine properly according to the advice of the doctor.
Some triggers or signs that suggest asthma and should be checked as early as possible are:
- Waking at night with coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or a tightness in the chest
- Having to take time off work because of your asthma
- Finding it difficult to breathe, and breathing short shallow breaths
- Needing more and more medication treatment
- Finding that your medication does not seem to be working
- Having to take your medication more frequently than every four hours
- Feeling that you cannot keep up with your usual level of activity or exercise
If your asthma is under control you are more likely to have a better quality of life and be more able to do the things you want to. So if you need to a better life then you can take control of your asthma by knowing what medicines to take, how much and when to take them. It is also important to avoid things that trigger your asthma and know what to do if your symptoms get worse.
Of course, as Dr. Mom, you want to do whatever you can to help care for a family member or friend with asthma. You may not be sure how to help. But with a little guidance, you can help your loved one identify the signs of asthma and help your loved ones manage the asthma. See what the asthma medications work for their asthma, and that the medications are taken regularly and whether they are long term or short term preventatives. Know what to do and what to medications give during emergency asthma attacks. If you think your loved one is suffering with a severe attack, get medical help immediately.
How to prevent asthma
- Keep away from animals as they have fur which has small particles called dander. When this dander is inhaled it can cause an asthma attack. Dogs with fur do not need haircuts, the fur stays short and there is a lot of dander on the fur. Dogs that need clipping, such as poodles, some terriers, etc. are much better tolerated by asthmatics – and even better if the dog gets a weekly bath. These pets are possible pets for asthmatics.
- The air we breathe contains lots of dust and pollution which paves the way to asthma. So try to keep away from polluted air. The local weather stations have programs that send text alerts to their subscribers daily about air quality. So subscribe for these alerts which are free.
- The ozone rays are ultra violet and are also one of the causes for asthma so always be aware of activities which keeps us in direct sunlight.
- Cold and viral infections are also triggers for asthma. So are the vaccinations which put trace amounts of various chemicals or viruses which could cause a lifelong allergy cycle. So before taking the vaccinations they should consider the potential effects.
- If somebody in the family suffers with asthma then it may be inherited so some precautions are needed to preventing it.
- If you have got the symptom of asthma then it is better to quit smoking to preserve life.
- Sudden changes in weather may also be one of the causes of asthma. So be careful and use antihistamine medications as a preventative to head off potential asthma attacks.
The above is not to be considered as medical advice but to be taken as helpful information about asthma, because Dr. Mom might be called on to deal with situations that need care of herself or loved ones until a doctor can take over. Let me end this with the statement-Asthma can be managed and conquered!
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