Asthma : Keeping The Symptom Under Control


In the year 1990, a research conducted in Africa estimated that 34.1 million asthma cases were discovered, globally about 300 million people have asthma and current trends suggest that additional 100 million people may be living with asthma by 2025.

Lung diseases can be categorized under Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD) which causes breathing problems.

Asthma is a chronic disease that inflames and narrows the airway in the lungs. It is a condition that makes the inside walls of your airways sore and swollen which makes them sensitive and they may react strongly to things that you are allergic to or find irritating.

Each diseases harbours it’s indication, for asthma , symptoms include:

  • Wheezing
  • Cough – most frequently early in the morning or at night
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) ,half the cases of asthma are due to genetic susceptibility and half result from environmental factors. If people with asthma are exposed to a substance to which they are sensitive or a situation that changes their regular breathing pattern, the symptoms can be more severe.

Diagnosis of asthma will be administered by a doctor or an allergist based on lung function tests, your medical history, physical exam and allergy tests. To be clear, not all people who have asthma have these symptoms and slight occurrence of these doesn’t always connotes that you have asthma.

Currently , there is no cure for asthma , however effective treatments are available to control and manage the chronic condition.

Here are some helpful tips to keeping under control  asthma:

1)Avoid your triggers: Triggers can make your asthma symptoms worse by irritating your airways. An effective way to control your asthma is to know what your asthma triggers are and avoid them. Such as dust mites, animal furs, combustion fossils or workplace dust.

2) Use your medication regularly: It is very dangerous when you think or decide to skip your asthma preventive (controller) medications , when the symptoms are no longer there . Asthma is a long term disease, when you don’t feel symptoms, you still need to take your medication as prescribed. Do not be ignoramus about this!

3) Never loose your inhaler: When your air passage is blocked , it is important that the medication in your inhaler gets to your airways. Be mindful of where you keep your inhaler and take it out wherever you go.

4)Avoid smoking or getting smoked : Desist from smoking and you can effortlessly help yourself to reduce the severity and frequency of your symptoms. If you don’t smoke, avoid being exposed to second-hand smoking because the gaseous products can trigger and worsen your symptoms.

5) Keep fit by exercising: Managing asthma requires regular exercise that will strengthen your breathing muscles , boost your immune system and help to keep a healthy body. Take note that before you start exercising, make sure your asthma is under control before you start- Don’t overload or overwork yourself!

6)Know when to rest: It is vital for you to know when to slow down and take it the easy way. Over-exertion  or fatigue can lead to asthma attacks . You must get at least 8 hours of sleep each night for good recovery period.

7) Check food labels: Asthma are often triggered by food allergies most especially food additives such as sulfites, metabisulfites, which are commonly found in weed ,beer and dried fruits. Endeavor to check the ingredients and nutrients used to make up that product, if any contradicts the instruction of your allergist- don’t take it! Ultimately ,know what you are eating.

Many people with asthma manage the condition well by keeping it under control to live a healthy and productive life  by avoiding triggers and following their allergist instructions.

Whatever your dreams and goals are, Asthma cannot stop you from achieving them , unless you allow it to. Keep it under your control and chase tenaciously after your dream. You will ACHIEVE!!!


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