Asthma – What you need to know?
What is Asthma?
Asthma (also known as obstructive lung disease) is a chronic, long-term health condition causing inflammation and narrowing of the airways, blocking the smooth passage of air in and out of the lungs, resulting in wheezing, shortness of breath and cough.
Major Symptoms or Complaints of Asthma include:
- Shortness of Breath
- Chest Tightness
What triggers an Asthma Attack?
Triggering agents for asthma attacks differ from person to person.
The most common agents that might cause asthma include:
- Cold Air
- Dust Mites
- Air Pollution
- Vigorous Strenuous Activity such as heavy lifting, running, etc.
Treatment of Asthma
Asthma medications are broadly divided into two categories:
- Reliever Medications – these are fast acting medications usually prescribed for instant relief of symptoms.
- Controller Medications – these are long acting medications prescribed to reduce exacerbations and episodes of asthma.
Although Asthma cannot be cured, it can be prevented and controlled effectively following a few simple and effective steps:
- Always consult your Doctor to get updated medications to suit your condition
- Stay away from agents that provoke an attack of asthma
- Watch for signs of Asthma and remember to act quickly if your symptoms get worse
- Consult your Doctor once every six months and never hesitate to clarify your doubts
Be more than well. Be well prepared.