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What You Need To Know About Asthma
Asthma is a severe respiratory illness that makes breathing difficult. The irritation in the airways leads
to swollen, narrow air passages. Many asthmatics suffer from a distinct wheezing, shortness of breath
and tightening of the chest. Although there is no cure for asthma, steps can be taken to prevent
attacks and the symptoms of the disease can be treated.
A bronchodilator is used to relax the airways in the lungs, leading to dilation of the airways and easier
breathing. Fast-acting inhalers are used to improve the symptoms of an asthma attack that is already
in progress. They relieve the bronchospasms that make breathing difficult. Long-acting
bronchodilators are not intended to treat sudden asthma attacks. They take longer to work and are
used to help prevent the symptoms of asthma for an extended period of time.
Leukotriene inhibitors are taken daily and reduce the symptoms of persistent asthma. In many
patients, Leukotrienes help prevent some acute asthma attacks, relieve nighttime allergy and asthma
symptoms and reduce the symptoms of asthma brought on by allergens. Leukotriene inhibitors are
not used to treat sudden asthma attacks.
Many asthma sufferers are allergic to animals. Severe allergic reactions increase the likelihood that
an asthma attack will occur. To avoid an allergy induced asthma attack, it is best to remove animals
from the living space of asthmatics. At the very least, the animal should be kept away from the
Humidity in the air can trigger an asthma attack. Humidity can also bother asthmatics due to the
increase of dust mites and the improved environment for the growth of mold and fungus. Air
conditioning and dehumidifiers make the air lighter and easier for asthmatics to breath.
Dust mites can bring on an asthma attack so asthmatics need to be especially careful to remove the
danger. Sheets and pillowcases need to be laundered regularly. Mattress covers and pillowcases
should be used as a barrier between the asthmatic and the dust mite collecting surfaces. The
bedroom should be decluttered and free from stuffed animals and down-filled pillows and quilts.
Infections associated with the flu can elicit an asthma attack. Asthma sufferers should get a flu
vaccine each year to help prevent sudden and severe attacks. Influenza infections that affect the
respiratory bronchioles are especially dangerous to asthmatics.
Exercise induced asthma is a common occurrence. It is best for asthma sufferers to begin new
exercise programs slowly. Always consult with a qualified physician before beginning any new
Food allergies, air pollution and cigarette smoke are also known to trigger asthma attacks. Asthmatics
should avoid any known food allergy and stay indoors when the smog count is extremely high.
Anyone who suffers from asthma should refrain from smoking and avoid cigarette smoke whenever
Asthma is a serious disease involving the respiratory system. It is important to consult with a
physician for prolonged or worsening asthma symptoms. Although asthma can be treated, not all
medications work the same for every person. Asthma sufferers should avoid excessive physical
activity and environmental allergens as much as possible.
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