Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Editorial Board: Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Older People Asthma

The condition of asthma in older people may have a significant effect on individuals who suffer from that problem. Looking at different perspectives, the groups are not just limited to young children but older people too who have to put up with different challenges as they deal with the condition. These older people have lived with the condition for a long time and will therefore have the means to deal with long-term treatment programs.

The unique stories of asthma sufferers-

Older people are trained and advised not to talk about their problems often to seek for sympathy. However that does not mean that they do not have feelings or thoughts or even perspectives, it means that they take their health seriously enough to find private solutions.

As you get older the effects of the asthma will change slightly for example the coughing might turn into breathlessness. The key point is to find the right balance of treatments that will not endanger the lives of the patient. If you feel that you are suffering from continuous viral infections then it is time for you to visit your medical practitioners. You might also get a flu vaccination for good measure.

The triggers for asthma in older people are different slightly from younger people, it might move from house dust mites to furry animals. There are various triggers that require different responses. Some of these triggers include viral infections, colds, anxiety and exercise. Even when you laugh there is a risk that you might bring on an attack. Keep away from smoking as much as possible as it is also an irritant that can seriously damage your health and may lead to an attack.

A compromised defensive mechanism

The immune systems of older people are often compromised, so in their cases it has to be treated from the perspective support. This is to ensure that their immune systems can cope with the requirements of the treatment and as well as the realities of their condition at the time. It is a good balancing act that has implications for the patient and also the community around them.

It is important to have a balance and moderate methods of treatment in older people. Be cautious not to get involved in treatment programs that will make your quality of life worse than at present.