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You might never know the value of a single breath until you cease to breathe.

Asthma is a condition of hyper responsiveness of the airways of the respiratory tract. The airways become narrow and extra mucus is produced. This may lead to breathlessness,  coughing and wheezing.  

Symptoms

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Wheezing
  • Trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath

Asthma may be exercise induced, occupational or allergy induced.

Asthma is one disease which has a lot of myths and misconceptions attached to it
Some of them are as follows-

• Asthma is ” all in the head” – This is completely false. Asthma is a known clinical condition which has certain triggers which may be different for different people. There is no such thing as Asthma is in the head or it being psychological.

• Children tend to outgrow asthma with age-  Asthma is a chronic condition and anyone who suffers from it may face a flare up at any time in their life.

• Asthma can be treated only when the symptoms are present-  Asthma is best treated and kept in control with regular and constant medication.

• Everyone with asthma has the same symptoms – This is not true. Not only do the symptoms of asthma differ from one patient to the next, but they can also vary from episode to episode in the  same person.

• Asthmatics shouldn’t exercise- Too much of everything is bad. But it is rather beneficial to exercise regularly for patients of asthma. Here we are talking of mild and light exercises.

The various triggers of asthma are- upper respiratory tract infections,  paint fumes, hyperventilation, aspirin, beta blockers,  sulfur dioxide. Asthma is categorized into mild ,moderate and severe categories based on the number and severity of attacks.

The treatment of asthma consists of low dose inhaled corticosteroids and beta 2 agonists.
For management of acute severe asthma we use Albuterol, IV hydrocortisone.

Asthma isn’t a condition to be taken lightly.
Thus, it is mandatory to raise awareness regarding asthma so that the patients are aware of their management routines and how to take care of their medications and triggers.
Because no matter if you have got the best of doctor, it is always best to be aware and fully equipped with knowledge so as to rule out all myths and misconceptions.

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