Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Editorial Board: Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Asthma Symptoms

Asthma means breathing difficulty to get air in and out of your lungs.In an asthmatic patient, the breathing tubes are sensitive. They may react to smoke, pollen, dust, air pollution, allergies, or other triggers. In a person with asthma, the breathing tubes may tighten, becoming inflamed and swollen.

It may get serious and fatal at times. When the breathing tubes react or when they get inflamed, they become narrow. That makes it harder for you to breathe fresh air in and stale air out. Your difficulty in breathing may change, sometimes you will feel fine and sometimes you may have breathing problems.

In older people, it is sometimes difficult to decide whether the problem is asthma or another lung disease or heart disease. Other lung diseases that cause similar problems are bronchitis and emphysema, particularly common in people who smoke.

There are many symptoms for asthma; a wheezing sound can be heard while breathing when you have a cold or a feeling that you can’t take enough air into your lungs, the chest may feel tight in cold or problems quite often. Sometimes mucus comes while coughing and it may last more than a week, at times the cough often comes back.

The real causes for asthma are difficult to establish. For many people, a tendency to asthma may be inherited. Other factors may also be involved. The basic problem is inflammation of the airways. Sometimes the problem involved are; smoking cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or anything else, increases your risk of developing asthma symptoms. Asthma can be in the family, inherited.

A blood relative with asthma or allergies (father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter), you are at higher risk of getting asthma. People who are allergic to pollen, pets, or dust are at higher risk of developing asthma. Pollutants such as ozone and particulate matter can make asthma worse and trigger asthma attacks. Some medications which treat heart disease and high blood pressure may cause asthma symptoms or make asthma worse. Proper medications and prescription needs to be taken.

Successful treatment of asthma needs cooperation between the patient and the health care provider. If you have asthma, you have to know your own body well so you can notice when changes happen. Asthma gives early warning signs of trouble. You also have to work closely with a health care provider.

You need to know what the best treatments for you are. Many good treatments for asthma are available today. The treatments will relax the air tubes in your lungs and help you breathe easier. The treatments reduce the swelling and inflammation in the air tubes.

Good treatment for your asthma means working with your health care provider on a regular basis and treat the problem. In fact, asthma may also be triggered by over the counter drugs. Some drugs may cause problems for people with asthma causing irregular heart beats (cardiac arrhythmias).

It’s essential to take your health care provider or doctor’s advice about your treatment. Some medicines help prevent asthma. You need to take these medicines all the time, even when you feel well.

Other medicines may be needed if your asthma starts to get worse. If your asthma is getting worse, it’s important to start treatment early, as soon as your symptoms begin. It is a chronic disease, like diabetes or heart problems. Asthmatic patients sure need a health care provider or a doctor who knows how to treat asthma.