What is Asthma: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

AsthmaAsthma is a chronic long-term lung  disease that affects the airways, and makes it difficult to breath. Asthma is the inflammation of the air passages and will cause the airway that carries oxygen to the lungs to narrow, which makes it difficult to breath.  The airways of the body are the lung organs that take the in oxygen and expels carbon dioxide. There are many symptoms of asthma, including wheezing, shortness of breath, constriction within your chest, and coughing. This causes a chain reaction of events will become difficult to get under control without the proper medical supprot. There are differing levels of asthma, Asthma also affect a person’s ability to speak, which is called bronchial asthma.

Although there are some very effective treatments for asthma, Asthma is a very serious and dangerous illness that affects 26 million  Americans and causes over 2 million people to go the emergency room. It’s possible to  live  well and healthy with asthma. Without effective treatment asthma can limit a person’s ability to exercise and do vigorous physical activity. Poorly controlled asthma can cause people to have to receive additional medical than otherwise.

Asthma causes airway obstruction, these means there is blockages in the airway, in normal breathing the bands of muscle that wraps around the airways should be relaxed and allow the air to move freely. When a person has asthma, there are many afflictions, such as colds, respiratory infections, allergic substances and colds, that can cause a person to have trouble breathing. The less air there is to move through tightened ways the more wheezing there is. This is an condition that is able to reverse and heal, unlike bronchitis and emphysema.

Asthma also cause inflammation, which causes swollen red, bronchial tubes, Inflammation can contribute to long term damage this is why it’s important to  manage asthma over a long term. Asthma will cause  airways to become very sensitive, airways will contract if they since any foreign particles such as pollen, dust, fumes, and animal dander.

There are a few types Adult-Onset Asthma and Asthma in Children

Asthma can happen at any age. It is most common in people under the age of 40, According to The Centers for Disease Control, there are more than 19 million Adults or 8.2% of Americans with Asthma.  Genetics can increase the risk of asthma. If there is family history, there is a higher probability of someone getting asthma, and often eczema and allergies will occur as well. Smoking also increase the risk of asthma, there is significantly more danger in asthma if someone smokes.

Since adult onset asthma can happen at any time, You should talk to your doctor if you have any symptoms of asthma, as your doctor can give you medications that can help, such as an inhaler to prevent breathing problems. Your doctor can guide you to medications that prevent  asthma.

Children are are experiencing asthma at increasing rates. In 2013, one in ten American children had asthma, and over 7.1 million children under age of 18 (9.5%) had been diagnosed with childhood asthma. According to the CDC this is double the rate as 1980.

Asthma symptoms can change depending on the child.

  • This can include spells of coughing and nighttime during play or night time. Coughing can be the only symptom.
  • A child may have less strength during when they are physically active and  trouble breathing
  • Tight chest
  • Whistling sound during breathing
  • Loss and Shortness of breath
  • Tight chest and Tightened neck muscles
  • Tiredness and weakness

There are multiple causes of Asthma.

Triggers that cause asthma can be environmental and internal. This are called asthma triggers. Contact with these triggers can affect the asthma.

  • Infections and sicknesses such as cold, flu and sinusitis
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Exercise
  • Weather
  • Pollution
  • Weather and temperature and humidity
  • Medications  such as aspirin

An Asthma attack can worsen the symptoms of asthma, The airways will tighten and fill with mucus. Coughing at night and wheezing (high-pitched) breathing out and in. There is shortness of breath and tight chest and pain or pressure. Not everyone will have the same experiences and the asthma. Prolonged asthma that do not respond to bronchodilartors are considered a medical emergency.

There is currently no cure for asthma, but if you have asthma, it can flare up at anytime. Asthma is a disease that needs to be actively managed.

Health Life Media Team

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