Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Editorial Board: Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Asthma Attack

Many of us at some time have experienced the allergies of the allergens. Sometimes all of a sudden your eyes begin to water and you have a runny or stuffy nose. This action is quite common in the springtime(those who live in seasonal countries) as the flowers and trees begin to bloom.

For many an asthma attack is quite common during this time. When the weather clears up and the sun begins to warm things up, many people like to go outside and work. They may begin mowing their lawns or in the case of farmers, begin cutting hay. 

This is a prime time for allergies and allergies are the number one cause for an asthma attack. This article will talk about an asthma attack. What brings them on and what happens during an attack.

An asthma attack happens when the airways become inflamed and a restriction of airflow occurs. The lungs are the organ in our body that filters the oxygen we breathe in. As we breathe in air, oxygen is filtered through the lungs and when we exhale, we release unwanted carbon dioxide from our bodies.

This is necessary for the survival of our bodies, but during an asthma attack, the airways become inflamed and don’t allow the oxygen to enter. At least not enough oxygen. The result will be wheezing and coughing and a tightness in the chest from lack of oxygen. An asthma attack can be a very scary experience.

Some who suffer from an asthma attack can avoid certain things in order to prevent the symptoms from happening. There are some common everyday things that can cause allergies to flare up. Dust and dust mites that are commonly found in the home can set off allergies so make sure you replace your vent filters often.

Pollen that is found floating in the air, certain perfume smells found not only in perfumes, but in air fresheners as well, can also be a cause for an asthma attack. One of the most common culprits is smoke. You don’t have to be a smoker or even be in the same room with someone who smokes for an asthma attack to happen. 

Smoke attaches itself to a person's hair or clothing and also on their hands, so just being around someone who has been around someone who smokes can cause a flare up of asthma.

Some reasons are there for an asthma attack to happen that can be out of your control such as weather changes, or bronchial infections or viruses and even stress can cause an asthma attack. 

Asthma is very common and about 10% of children are experiencing asthma in today’s life. An asthma attack is very serious, so make sure you seek medical assistance if you are an asthma sufferer.