Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Editorial Board: Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Asthma Attack Lungs

Handle an asthma attack

Asthma attack and what happens inside the Lungs.

Knowing what occurs in your body during an asthma attack may assist you in understanding how and why your medical health provider determine certain treatments or asks you to avoid certain things.

An asthma attack is generally acute or chronic change in your asthma symptoms that interrupts your normal daily routine and requires either extra prescriptions of medication or some other intervention to improve so that you can breathe normally again. When your asthma worsens, three main primary changes take place in your lungs that make your airways smaller.

They are:-

1) Increased Mucus – As your airways become irritated and inflamed, the cells produce extra mucus. The thick mucus may clog up the airways of your lungs.

2) Inflammation and Swelling – Similar to your ankle swells from the irritation caused by a twisted ankle, the airways of your lung swell in response to whatever is causing your asthma attack.

3) Muscle Tightening – As the smooth tender muscles in your airways tighten in response to your asthma attack, the airways become smaller then normal.

Difference Of An Airway During Asthma Attack

The narrowing of the airways may happen and bring on symptoms very fast, or it may happen over a longer period of time. The symptoms of the asthma attack itself may range from very mild to very severe.

These symptoms generally are :- 

  1. wheezing
  2. shortness of breath
  3. chronic cough
  4. chest tightness
Asthma attacks may also happen when you have an infection like the common cold or some other kind of viral or bacterial respiratory infection. Similarly, your asthma symptoms may worsen when you breathe in anything that irritates your lungs, such as cigarette smoke, dust or other possible triggers.

It is very essential to know how to take care an asthma attack when it happens.