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An Insight On Living With Asthma

jennifer kennedy By jennifer kennedy on
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Asthma is an illness which affects around 1 in 40 people all over the world, some of which will have had symptoms in their early childhood. Asthma is a serious illness ranging from mild asthma to quite severe asthma, however as long as this illness is looked after with the proper medications most asthmatics will lead a pretty normal life. Asthma is an illness that will affect the lungs, making the airways narrower than usual, due to this the sufferer will have certain triggers that will irritate the airways and make them more constricted, and so causing what is known as an asthma attack. (more on that later)


Some of the symptoms of asthma are wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing and a tight feeling in the chest to name a few, symptoms can differ from person to person and you may get all the symptoms or just a few. Some of the triggers would include: paint fumes smoke pet hairs dust sport stress sprays and again this is just a few of the triggers, and the triggers could differ for each person. In some situations the triggers could be avoided, which is a good idea where possible.


Should an asthma attack occur the person will suffer the symptoms mentioned above, they will find it hard to breath and should follow their medical advice which may include taking their inhalers, if this doesn't help then the sufferer may need to go to hospital. Most times by taking the right medication asthma could be well controlled, although this doesn't mean that the sufferer will never have an asthma attack, no matter how well their asthma is cared for the attacks can still occur.


Usually asthma is controlled with inhalers and sometimes tablets, if you have any of these symptoms speak to your doctor. Once the doctor has prescribed the proper medication he may also give you a peak flow meter, this is used to check breathing. Brown inhaler (preventor) - this helps to keep the airways open from day-to-day, Blue inhaler (reliever) - this inhaler will give relief in the event of an asthma attack, steroid tablets - these are usually prescribed if asthma is out of control Some other medications could be prescribed, depending on your symptoms.

PLEASE NOTE: If you think you have asthma visit your doctor, I am not a medical person and this is only a short insight into asthma based on my own personal experience with my son.

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