Asthma is a lung condition that makes it difficult to breathe. The airways are always inflamed and can get even more swollen and narrowed during an asthma attack. This can cause symptoms like coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Asthma can’t be cured but its symptoms can be controlled with medication.
In some cases, people with asthma may need to carry an inhaler with them at all times in case of an asthma attack. Asthma affects people of all ages but it is most common in children under the age of 5. It is also more common in boys than girls. Asthma is a serious condition that can be deadly if not properly managed. If you think you or your child may have asthma, talk to your doctor about getting a diagnosis and developing a treatment plan.
7 facts about asthma that will surprise you
- Asthma is one of the most common chronic health conditions in the world, affecting more than 300 million people.
- Asthma can develop at any age, though it is most commonly diagnosed in childhood.
- Asthma is a highly individualised condition and the symptoms can vary greatly from person to person.
- Asthma is not just a “wheezing” condition – other common symptoms include chest tightness, coughing and difficulty breathing.
- Asthma can be triggered by a variety of environmental and lifestyle factors, including air pollution, tobacco smoke, dust mites, pets and exercise.
- Asthma is a serious condition that can lead to hospitalisation and even death. In fact, asthma is one of the leading causes of emergency room visits in the Australia.
- There is no cure for asthma but it can be effectively managed with medication and lifestyle
changes. With proper treatment, people with asthma can live normal, active lives.
3 types of treatment
In general, there are three main types of asthma treatments: medication, avoidance of triggers, and emergency care. Medications used to treat asthma include bronchodilators, anti-inflammatory drugs and steroids.
Avoidance of triggers is another important aspect of asthma treatment. Common triggers include pollen, dust mites, mold, pets, and smoke. If you have asthma, it is important to identify your triggers and take steps to avoid them.
Finally, emergency care may need to be sought if you experience an asthma attack. Asthma attacks can be life-threatening, so it is important to have a plan in place in case of an attack. If you have asthma, talk to your doctor about what treatment options are available to you.
Would you like to help?
You can by donating to the Lions Medical Research Foundation – Spring Hill, Queensland. We’re committed to raising funds for medical research into conditions like Asthma. Although treatments have come a long way, there is still more research required. Your support would be greatly appreciated, every dollar can make a difference.