What you need to know about asthma
Asthma can be defined as a condition where the airways narrow and swell which leads to extra mucus being produced. It makes breathing difficult, triggers coughing and also leads to the breathing problems.
The effects of asthma are usually different people; in some people it is simple whereas in others it is different. The cures for asthma have not been found yet but its symptoms can be controlled. The symptoms of asthma changes from time to time and so one needs a doctor to track the signs and symptoms and make it easy to make the necessary adjustment to the treatments.
What are the symptoms of asthma?
Asthma conditions vary from one individual to another. The asthma attacks do not occur so regularly but they will from time to time. The most common one is shortness of breath, pain or tightness of the chest, difficulties when it comes to sleeping due to coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath and also having a whistling sound when one is exhaling.
What Causes of asthma?
So far, there is no known cure for asthma so of the scientists believe it is due to the combination of genetic and environmental factors. However, exposure to different conditions triggers allergies which can cause the signs and symptoms of the asthma.
Some of the triggering things that causes asthma includes: Airborne substances such as pollens, mould spores and dust mites ,particles of waste by cockroaches and pet landers, Respiratory infection like flu and common colds, air pollutants such as smoke, strong emotion including stress and depression, physical activities such as playing American football and other exercises, preservative added in some processed foods as well as beverages, The gastroesophageal reflux diseases is also a common trigger of the asthma
Other factors causing asthma
If your family has a history of asthma then there is a possibility of you having the asthma, for instance your mother or father was diagnosed with asthma it will increase your risk of the asthma condition.
Having other allergic conditions such as allergic rhinitis and atopic dermatitis also increases the risk of developing asthma.
People who are overweight have higher chances of getting asthma, drugs such as cocaine and marijuana as well as tobacco increases the chances of developing asthma. Chemicals used in hairdressing and manufacturing products can also led to the asthma
What to do to someone with an acute asthma attack
If for instance someone has an acute asthma the first thing to do is calling 911 and ask for the help, following the asthma plan of the person that has been authorized by the healthcare provider. You can also carry out the first aid, sit him upright and comfortably and then loosen some of his tight clothes like a shirt or a coat if for example he has an inhaler help him or her use it in case he or she does not have it use one from your first aid.