ASTHMA — A CHRONIC DISEASE
Asthma is a chronic lung disease which has no cure. However with today’s medicines and technology most people suffering from asthma live a normal life. People suffering from asthma can easily manage their disease with proper treatment and complete knowledge about the disease.
COMMON SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ASTHMA
1. Coughing is a common symptom for asthma patients but it gets worse at night.
2. A whistling or squeaky sound is produced during breathing.
3. Asthma patients usually feel chest tightness.
4. Patients suffering from asthma feels out of breathe. This symptom is known as Shortness of breath.
5. Chest pain and uneasiness are other symptoms.
TRIGGERING AGENTS OF ASTHMA
1. Exercise induces asthma especially during cold and dry climate.
2. Chemical irritants such as chemical fumes, gases and dust triggers asthma.
3. Some allergens such as cockroaches or pollens also trigger asthma.
4. Foods and drinks containing sulfites.
5. Viral respiratory infections such as cough results in asthma attacks.
6. Medicines such as aspirin induce asthma.
NEED OF IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ADVICE
1. Worsening of shortness of breath.
2. No improvement in the health even after using inhaler.
3. Increased situations of shortness of breath.
4. Increased number of asthma attacks.
COMMON TOOLS FOR TREATING ASTHMA
1. Peak Flow Tool: It is a hand-held device which measures the flow of air inside the lungs. This device helps to reduce asthma attacks.
2. Inhaler: It is a device which injects medicines directly into the airways from where it enters lungs. Inhaler requires smaller dose of medicines than medicines taken in the form of liquid or tablet.
3. Nebulizer: Truchek Nebulizer available on www.easyfit.in is a home setting device which is used to treat asthma. Nebulizer changes liquid medicine in mist form and it is very effective for treatment of asthma in infants.
4. Other Medications and Tools: There are number of quick relief and long term medicines which are used to treat asthma.
WARNING: Take advice from doctor before using any tool or medicine for treatment of asthma.