What is Asthma

A person can be considered to be experiencing an asthma attack or an asthma flare-up (also known as exacerbation or episode) when symptoms become unusual and there’s a great difficulty in breathing.

People having an asthma attack may demonstrate different symptoms at the same time and they’re usually severe. During an attack, inflammation increases and the airway gets tighter to the point that it may even block oxygen from getting into your vital organs. When this happens, an immediate medical attention is required.

An attack may last for hours or even days when not treated properly. When an attack is over, breathing usually comes back to normal and the person will feel better. Some people may have continuous symptoms like coughing or sneezing but not serious enough to cause an alarm.

Tips for the Asthmatic

  • Keep your environment clean – Dust mites are one of the most common allergens as well as animal dander, cockroaches and molds. Keeping your place free from these things will reduce your chances of having an attack.
  • Quit Smoking – Smoking is bad for the lungs and the smoke will irritate your bronchial tubes. It greatly increases your chances of having an attack.
  • Avoid Air Pollution – Although, you can’t avoid it in general. Try to stay clear of places where air pollution is worse like smog filled cities.
  • Exercise – Keep your immune system strong by keeping your body healthy. If you are prone to exercise-induced asthma, consult your doctor first before engaging in any activity.

There is no known cure for asthma but attacks can be prevented. If you have asthma, you should work closely with your doctor in order to avoid things that may irritate your bronchial tubes and prevent attacks.