- Feel breathless or wheezy?
- Wake up coughing or wheezing?
- Struggle to keep up with your normal activity/exercise due to breathing difficulty?
- Feel suffocated or develop chest tightness
If you have any of these symptoms, it could be due to Asthma. Kindly consult your doctor and ask about a lung health check.
What is asthma?
Asthma is a long-term lung condition that can be controlled easily in most of the cases, but one should remember that there is no permanent cure of Asthma. People with asthma have sensitive, inflamed airways that are more likely to react to triggers resulting in asthma attacks. During asthma flares-up, the muscles around the airways squeeze tight and along with airway swelling and mucus it becomes difficult to breathe.
Asthma symptoms usually include breathlessness, wheeze, cough or a tight chest. Symptoms may occur day or night and can vary over time.
Who gets asthma?
Asthma affects people of all ages. People with asthma may have a family history of asthma, or other allergic conditions like eczema and hay fever. Exposure to some chemicals or tobacco smoke can also lead to Asthma.
What are Asthma triggers?
There are certain things that can set off asthma symptoms – these are known as triggers. Please remember that when a person’s asthma is well-controlled by following a individualized Asthma management plan, triggers are less likely to set off an asthma flare-up.
Some common asthma triggers include:
Smoking, stress, polluted places, Perfumes, Flowers, animal fur , certain Food items ( chocolates, ice-cream), Cold and flu
Exercise and activity – Exercise can be an asthma trigger. Having good control of asthma symptoms allows people to live active healthy lives. Speak to your doctor and plan to manage your asthma while carrying out your usual activities, including exercise to keep you fit and well.
Medications – Certain medications can trigger asthma in some people. Consult your Doctor and make him aware of the medications you are taking.