Asthma

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What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition characterized by inflamed breathing passages which are easily irritated. During an asthma attack, these passages constrict, making it difficult to breath.

These so called asthma attacks occur most often at night or early morning. Kids make up a significant portion of asthma sufferers, but bronchodilators can help them lead a normal life and control their asthma.

Symptoms of Asthma

The symptoms of asthma include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in chest
  • These symptoms are usually associated with an obstruction of the airways, which is reversible through the use of the bronchodilator inhaler.

    Treatment of Asthma

    The sensitivity of the tissue that lines the air passages of asthmatics means that maintaining a clean supply of air can help prevent asthma attacks. Maintaining a dust free house and staying away from pet dander can go a long way to lessening asthma.

    It is also a good idea to close the windows in times of high pollen or air pollution. Maintaining your ventilation system filters or purchasing standalone filters can also help prevent asthma attacks.

    Known asthma sufferers should have a bronchodilator on hand in case of an attack and be familiar with how to use it. Without the ability to open up air passages at the times of asthma attacks, the condition can prove fatal.