18 Facts about Asthma

18 Facts about Asthma

What usually comes into our mind when we hear the disease "asthma" is it's main symptom of difficulty breathing caused by an inflammed narrowed airways.

18 Facts about Asthma
18 Facts about Asthma

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

1. Asthma is a chronic disease marked by inflammation of the respiratory tract causing constriction and swelling of the airways (bronchial tubes) and overproduction of mucus.

2. Asthma is a non-communicable disease. It does spread from person to person. Although the exact cause of asthma is unknown, factors like genetics plays a role in it's development.

3. Asthma inflicts a staggering number of the population. In America alone, 27 million people suffer from this chronic disease.

4. Asthma is the most common chronic disease in children. In fact, in America, 1 out of 12 children suffers from it.

5. There is no cure for asthma. It is marked by remissions and exacerbations.

6. Being infected with a viral infection as a child increases an individual's risk of developing asthma.

7. Asthma has a genetic predisposition. If your parents have asthma, there is a high possibility that you'll also end up having this disease.

8. Individuals living in highly polluted areas are more likely to develop asthma.

9. Common asthma triggers includes:

  • dust mites
  • smoke
  • pollen
  • pet dander
  • mold
  • chemical irritants
  • strong smell
  • temperature change
  • stressful events
  • physical activity

10. Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) is the term used to describe an asthma attack that is triggered by a physical activity such as exercise.

11. Physical activity is crucial to attain a good health so make sure to consult your doctor to best manage your asthma that will enable you to stay physically fit and active.

12. Signs and Symptoms of an asthma attack includes:

  • wheezing
  • shortness of breath
  • difficulty of breathing
  • chest tightness
  • chest pain
  • coughing
  • increase in respiratory rate
  • fatigue

13. Asthma usually don't come with chills and fever. It can be a symptom of another airway disease such as bronchitis.

14. Emotions such as crying, laughing, anger, and sadness can trigger an asthma attack in some people.

15. Individuals may have varying severity of asthma attack.

16. Management of asthma includes preventing contact with potential irritants that can trigger an asthma attack, taking anti-allergic medications, and treatment symptoms once an asthma attack occurs.

17. The treatment plan prescribed for one person may not be an effective solution for some people. Each person may have varying response to asthma triggers and medicine.

18. Common medicines use to manage asthma includes corticosteroids (fluticasone), bronchodilators (salbutamol), steroids, and anti-inflammatory medications.

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