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Asthma is a chronic medical condition that affects breathing and causes respiratory issues. It needs constant management and medical care for life.
Over 24 million people have Asthma in the United State, including nearly 5.5 million infants and children. Asthma can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated in time. The treatments enable you to control your asthma and enjoy a normal lifestyle.

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Types of Asthma

Asthma is identified as either intermittent or persistent. The persistent type can range from mild to severe, depending on the person. The severity of asthma is based on how often and severe the attacks are.
Asthma attacks are further categorized as allergic and non-allergic.
Allergic attacks can be caused by a person’s current allergies or allergens like pollen, molds, dust, etc.
In comparison, non-allergic attacks are brought on by external factors such as stress, exercise, illness, disagreeable weather.

Who is at risk?

Anyone, regardless of age, can suffer from asthma. But smokers or people who are exposed to secondhand smoke regularly, are at a higher risk of suffering from asthma.
In case a child or infant develops asthma, it's medically classified as childhood asthma. Whereas if asthma develops in later stages of life, it's classified as adult-onset asthma.
Children and infants don't usually grow out of the condition. The symptoms may reduce in frequency and severity as they grow older. But they are still at risk of suffering an asthma attack later in life. If your child suffers from asthma, you can consult your doctor online to understand its risks and how to manage it.

Causes of Asthma

It is still unknown what exactly causes asthma in some people. But some specific factors may increase the likelihood of developing asthma. These include:

  • Allergies worsen the breathing making a person prone to developing asthma.
  • Environmental factors like viral infections, smoke, and allergens.
  • Genetics have shown to play a role since having a family history of the condition can increase your chances of developing it.
  • Respiratory problems and infections like a respiratory syncytial virus can affect children.

Common Causes of Asthma Attacks

Asthma attacks can occur when exposed to substances irritable to the respiratory system, including the nose, airways, and lungs.
Substances that cause asthma attacks are medically known as triggers. Preventing asthma attacks can be easier if patients know what their triggers are.
Some common triggers are:

  • Air pollution
  • Smoke
  • Exercise
  • Pests
  • Dust mites
  • Mold
  • Pets
  • Chemicals

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What Happens During An Asthma Attack?

Typically, muscles surrounding the airways let us inhale and exhale easily. But an asthma attack can cause 3 things to happen.
Bronchospasm: Airway muscles tighten, narrowing the passage which prevents breathing normally.
Inflammation: The linings of the airway swell up and restricts air from flowing freely to and from the lungs.
Mucus production: The body produces more mucus than usual, clogging the airways.

How to Avoid Asthma Attacks?

To avoid asthma attacks, you should know what your triggers are. With this knowledge, you can prevent attacks by avoiding your triggers and ultimately, an asthma attack. By doing so, you can lessen the frequency of these attacks.

Symptoms of Asthma

The symptoms of fairly obvious in most people. They may seem like other respiratory problems such as:

  • Pain and tightness in the chest.
  • Persistent cough.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Wheezing.

It's not necessary to have all the symptoms, but they can vary from person to person.

Management and Treatment

There are a few options to manage asthma. A doctor consultation with can help you control the symptoms with prescribed medication. These medications may include:

  • Anti-Inflammatory medication
  • Bronchodilators
  • Biologic therapies

There are many different ways to take asthma medication. You can use a Nebulizer, a metered-dose inhaler to breathe in the medication, or another type of inhaler. You can also take oral medications that your doctor may prescribe.
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