Asthma is known as a silent killer as 10 people in the United States of America die every day due to asthma while many of these deaths can be avoided. About is the right time to bring best right diagnosis and treatment to this silent killer and redefine this disease in 21st century. Asthma is used as an umbrella term for swelling and inflammation of the airways which result in varied range of symptoms.
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America claims that 7.6% of adults and 8.4% of children in United States are patients of asthma while only in 2015, 3600 people died of it in the country.
Asthma is a disease which kills people without any discrimination. Everyone who has asthma is at risk whether it is present in moderate form in patients who are not required to take regular medicine. People who are diagnosed with acute form of asthma and are under specialist care die at same rate as those mentioned earlier with lesser medication.
In the following lines, we will describe the very basic symptoms and causes of asthma.
First of all, it is important to define what asthma is? Asthma is a condition when your airways become smell and get narrow and produce extra mucus which makes it difficult to breathe. It also triggers wheezing, coughing and shortness of breathe in adults and children.
Asthmatic condition can vary person to person. For some it is a major problem which greatly hinders daily life activities and lead to severe attacks which may cause death. While for some people it may only be some nuisance.
Asthma is a disease which cannot be cured for life but it can be controlled in an effective way to save lives. As asthma changes over time according to its severity level so it is always important to keep track of your symptoms so that treatment can be adjusted by your specialist doctor accordingly.
It is important to know what causes asthma so that it can be treated accordingly.
- Pollen, dust mites, pet dander, mold spores and cockroach waste.
- Common cold or respiratory infections
- Exercise induced asthma after physical activity
- Cold air
- Preservatives added in different foods like dried fruit, beer, wine, processed potatoes and sulfites added in different items.
- Some medications like Advil, Aspirin, Naproxen etc. cause asthma
- Overweight conditions
- Allergic rhinitis and atopic dermatitis can worsen allergic conditions
- Exposure to chemicals
- Asthmatic blood relative
Always follow action plan advised by doctor
- Regular monitor symptoms
- Vaccination for pneumonia and influenza
- Avoid asthma triggers like cold atmosphere or outdoor environment filled with irritants and allergens
- Get quick treatment to control symptoms before they get worse
- Always monitor signs like shortness of breath and wheezing to take immediate measures in emergency conditions.
- Take medication in time
Asthma is a serious condition and it requires immediate measures to control worsening signs to avoid any risks to human life.