We understand how it feels when you’ve just walked a few steps, but the sound of the panting makes you feel like you’ve completed a walkathon. Inhalers occupy more space in your bag than a pack of chocolates. While others are hiking up the mountains, jogging their heels off, and Zumba-ing their bodies, your possible exercise choices are very limited.
If you frequently experience shortness of breath or you hear a whistling or wheezy sound in your chest when you breathe, you may have Asthma. It is a chronic condition that causes inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial tubes - the passageways that allow air to enter and leave the lungs. If people with Asthma are exposed to substances to which they are sensitive or situations that change their regular breathing patterns, the symptoms can become more severe.
There are two types of Asthma:
Inhale the freedom, but not the illness.
While you may have been diagnosed with Asthma, you don’t necessarily have to live with it. Through effective treatment and care, you can live a peaceful life. Asthma often runs in families; according to the World Health Organization, about half the cases are due to genetic susceptibility and half result from environmental factors.
Symptoms are usually worse at night and early in the morning. They may also occur in response to exercise or cold air. Some people with Asthma rarely experience symptoms, usually in response to triggers, whereas others may have marked and persistent symptoms.
Prevention of symptoms is the best strategy. A person with Asthma should know what situations trigger an attack and avoid them whenever possible. If Asthma attacks are severe, are unpredictable, or flare up more than twice a week, consultation with an allergist can help to determine their cause and provide long-term treatment that controls or eliminates the symptoms.
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Following are some of the possible triggers for Asthma:
Many people with Asthma manage their condition well and live a healthy and productive life by avoiding triggers and following their allergists’ instructions. If left unmanaged or misdiagnosed, Asthma can be fatal.