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Asthma - What Can Trigger It?

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Dr. Arif Yunus 89% (207 ratings)
MBBS, Diploma In Tropical Medicine Health, MRCP(UK)
Allergist/Immunologist, Hyderabad  •  58 years experience
Asthma - What Can Trigger It?

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that causes inflammation and narrows the airways in the lungs. The problem of Asthma is often hereditary but there are cases where asthma develops due to certain environmental factors. In such a condition, the airways become swollen and the muscles around the airways tighten making it difficult to breathe. Sometimes it is called bronchial asthma or reactive airway disease. Asthma symptoms are experienced when the airways tighten, inflame or fill with mucus. Some of the common symptoms include:

Severe asthma attacks can be life-threatening, therefore one needs to be very careful and take all the necessary precautions in order to avoid any kind of triggers. Asthma attacks occur only when something irritates your lungs.

There are two types of asthma

  • Allergic asthma: Allergic asthma develops due to the continued exposure to an allergen.
  • Non-Allergic Asthma: It usually caused by stress, exercise, irritants in the air or due to some illnesses like cold or flu.

Some of the triggers are:

  • Extreme weather conditions such as extremely cold or extremely dry, wet or windy weather
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Irritants in the air such as smoke and strong odors.
  • Indoor allergens such as dust
  • Outdoor allergens such as pollens from grass, trees and weeds.

Asthma Management

  • If you are suffering from asthma, you should be aware of all the asthma triggers and avoid them at all costs. It can be very serious if asthma is misdiagnosed or left untreated. A person with asthma can lead a happy and productive life by taking proper treatment at the right time getting himself properly diagnosed by an allergist. Your allergist will give you a treatment plan.
  • Once your asthma has been controlled, the patient can return to regular life immediately and no hospital stay or visit is required.
  • The doctors usually use a combination of medication and breathing exercise to treat the problem of asthma effectually. It is, however, important to remember that asthma changes with time, which makes it essential to be in touch with your doctor to adjust treatment as needed. When properly managed with a good treatment plan and guidance of your doctor, you can live a perfectly normal life and do things that you enjoy.

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