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Asthma - Here Is How It Affects Your Health

Asthma - Here Is How It Affects Your Health

Asthma means "panting" in Greek. Asthmatic people pant during an attack because the air passage that goes straight into their lungs got narrowed or completely obstructed. This is because the passages of the lungs (bronchioles) are affected by a disease. This air passage goes from the throat and end in the lungs. Asthma is very common.

Asthma is a disease affecting the breathing. The bronchial wall muscles will become tighten and there will also be an excess production of mucus by the cells in the lungs, thereby further narrowing your airways. The effect of this to the person ranges from minor wheezing to severe or chronic difficulty in breathing. When such people have a periodic attack, it means that there is something that always triggers the sensitivity of the lungs. This will make the lungs become inflamed and clogged. 

There are different "triggers" available and it differs from one person to another. Some of these include exercise or exertion, environmental stimulants, cold air or emotional stress. 

In children, viral illness that are related to cold are some of the common triggers. Narrowing of lungs with this causes symptoms such as chest tightness, wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing in children. All these symptoms respond to bronchodilators. 

The symptoms of asthma, which range from minor to chronic or life threatening can be controlled by the use of some drugs and changing of the environment. Asthmatic patients always feel normal after an episode of attack. Asthma is becoming prevalent among children nowadays and this is why public attention is on asthma in the developed world. Asthma is affecting 1 in every 4 urban children.

Since breathing in kids involves the combination of air from the nose and the mouth traveling through the airways into the lungs, asthma seems to be difficult in them. In addition, their airways are very sensitive. In adults, the difficulty in breathing occurs periodically and when this happens, it is called an asthma episode, attack, flare, or exacerbation. This is also called an asthma flare-up and it is extremely hard to get air in and out of their lungs. This can last for several hours or longer especially if there is no asthma medication available. After the attack, the person feels a lot better. 

That's all you need to know about asthma. The next post will list out some home remedies that you can use to cure asthma. Please follow us for more updates on asthma. 

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