Living With Asthma

Living With Asthma

Asthma is a chronic respiratory problem that can leave sufferers wheezing and gasping for air. Some people with asthma experience full-blown asthma attacks after just minor physical exertion, while others with asthma may rarely ever show symptoms, even after playing sports or going running. 

Different people with asthma tend to show varying degrees of symptoms, but most require the use of an inhaler to avoid labored breathing or excessive coughing.

Sports-induced asthma is one of the most common types of asthma. People who have this form of the condition tend to experience coughing or heavy breathing immediately or shortly after physical exertion. 

People with sports-induced asthma can still play sports and be athletic, but they must be very careful not to overdo it in order to avoid asthma attacks. Inhalers and medication can be useful for athletes who struggle with this form of asthma.

On the other end of the spectrum, people who have secondary asthma have symptoms that may barely even be noticeable. 

Rather than wheeze or gasp for air, people who have secondary (or mild) asthma may experience just slight chest tightness, accompanied by coughing or a need to continuously clear the throat. 

This need stems from a tightening of the bronchial tubes in the lungs, which results in an overproduction of mucus in the airway. The result is continuous mild coughing to counter a feeling that the throat is clogged up.

In most cases, people with asthma can control their symptoms just by using an inhaler as treatment. Others who have more severe cases of asthma can prevent symptom flare-ups by avoiding the things which cause asthma attacks to occur. 

Some people struggle with occupational asthma, which is basically asthma caused by an allergen, usually in the form of an airborne substance or chemical. 

Occupational asthma is common at some workplaces; when this happens, patients must often find new jobs for treatment to be effective.

Asthma is a common problem that affects thousands of Americans. Talk to your doctor if you have reason to believe that you or a loved one has asthma.

Living With Asthma Living With Asthma Reviewed by Muhammad Akram on August 24, 2020 Rating: 5

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