Common and simple as it seems, it might be a big hindrance in fulfilling our dreams in life. Imagine working so hard, enjoying life and cannot maximize it because of asthma? For those who have asthma, they might consider it their number one enemy.
What are asthma symptoms? Difficulty in breathing is a common sign. This is because certain cells in airways of your lungs, when a stimulus triggers, release chemical substances called “mediators”, resulting to inflammation. When inflammation occurs, the airway passages also swell and the cells in those passages will produce excess mucus and the airway opening narrows. So, the patient can hardly breathe.
By knowing these reactions inside the lungs, asthma treatment can be simple. Asthma causes the patient to be extremely sensitive to his surroundings. His attack can be triggered by very common and simple things around such as dust, feathers, pollens, cigarette smoke or extreme odors. Symptoms appear when there are respiratory infections present like colds, flu, bronchitis and sore throat. Or too much exertion and emotional stress such as fear or excitement.
Part of the treatment process is to disallow the patient to carry heavy items and prevent him or her from watching and listening horror movies and other exciting stories. If there is a reason to be excited about, like winning the lottery or getting surprise treats, maybe these things should be carefully dealt with to prevent asthma attacks. Weather conditions can also make asthma symptoms appear again – very cold, windy or sudden changes of temperature.
Living a life with asthma is not easy though. Asthma causes wheezing, chronic or recurring cough getting worse during nights and early mornings, pain or tight feeling in the chest, shortness of breath, agitation and flaring of nostrils when breathing. Hyperinflation of asthmatic patients make their shoulders appear hunched forward, hence, most have no perfect posture and usually do not prefer to lie down.
So, what if you are asthmatic? Should life be different? Or you make it more miserable than normal? Well, only if asthma treatment is delayed. Albeit, asthma might be a killer disease, but many people learn to live with it. Don’t let asthma prevent you from moving on with life and chasing your dreams and just get some measures to address it, and the first best step is to know then observe asthma symptoms.
Treatment and prevention can also include: cleaning the house and washing the beddings more regularly, avoiding pets with furs or feathers like dogs and cats (maybe you’ll consider pets like iguana, fish; or even snakes, if you can take them), replacing upholstered furniture with leather or vinyl, avoiding carpets and replacing them with hardwood floors or tiles.
Also one effective treatment is to keep the humidity in the house low. Most of all, if symptoms are persistent, see your doctor and get some medical advice. If dealt with accordingly, asthma can be outgrown by its patients. Take that extra effort to have it best avoided so the patient can live a more enjoyable, meaningful and longer life.