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Preventing a Bad Asthma Attack

 

Asthma is a common inflammatory disease that impacts the airways and lungs of certain individuals. Some asthma symptoms begin in childhood and eventually dissipate as the individual gets older while other individuals can have asthma for their entire life. The onset and continuation of Asthma symptoms are thought to be the result of the combination of specific genetic and environmental factors; however, researchers are not certain if these are the only triggers of the disease and as a result clinical trials and investigations are still ongoing.

Asthma Inhaler (Object) by Jenn Durfey, on Flickr
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At this time there is no cure for Asthma. Rather, once the disease is correctly diagnosed, there are treatments for the symptoms of the disease so that it can be controlled and the individuals can lead normal, productive lives. Many asthma sufferers use oral inhalers or various medically prescribed remedies to prevent an asthma attack from occurring. Many people with asthma can go weeks or months without experiencing a mild to bad asthma attack if the medication that they are prescribed is working as it should and they are following the instructions that their doctor has provided. Not adhering to the prescribed instructions can cause the medication to not work as it should and can trigger an asthma attack.

Asthma attacks or the rapid onset of asthma symptoms can be characterized by the quick commencement of wheezing, chest tightness, coughing and shortness of breath. Bad asthma attacks can be characterized by the inability to breathe properly and freely for an extended period, and eventually there could be the need for medical intervention or hospitalization. Mild to bad asthma attacks can be triggered from various environmental elements that would be undetected by non-asthma sufferers. Items such as dust, pollen, pet dander and perfume can all trigger an asthma attack in someone that suffers from the disease.

The most obvious way for a person with asthma to avoid a bad asthma attack to stay away from being in direct contact with the elements that they know are their triggers. Once diagnosed with asthma, the triggers of the symptoms are known so preventative measures can be taken. Simple precautions are the key to preventing bad asthma attacks. Taking an antihistamine during allergy season can circumvent a bad asthma attack if one of the asthma triggers is pollen. Also, proper hygiene and hand washing habits can prevent asthma attacks. After coming into contact with pet dander, it is best to wash your hands before eating so that the dander is not ingested or inhaled.

 

Asthma, like any other, inflammatory disease can be quite dangerous if not treated properly. That is why preventative measures should be taken to ensure that an individual that suffers from asthma does not have a mild to bad asthma attack. Simple, small precautions make the difference when it comes to a person with asthma. Ensuring that they adhere to their doctor’s instructions and by making sure they are aware of what triggers their attacks are all they need to keep this disease under control.