At AireHealth, we believed that knowledge is power, and that informed patients, are empowered patients. This week we're tackling 5 of the most commonly asked questions regarding asthma — so that you can feel confident in your asthma care.
WHAT IS ASTHMA?
Asthma is a respiratory condition that causes a person's airways to become inflamed, produce extra mucus, and narrow and swell. This can make breathing difficult.
WHAT IS THE MAIN CAUSE OF ASTHMA?
The cause of asthma varies from person to person, so its difficult to pinpoint exactly; however, exposure to irritants and allergens can trigger asthma symptoms. Asthma triggers include things such as dust and dust mites, pollen, mold, pet dander, and cockroach droppings.
WHO GETS ASTHMA?
Asthma affects millions of people across the world, with current estimations as high as 235 million people. The prevalence of asthma is also much more significant in industrialized countries — up to ten times higher in some instances — and almost half of reported asthma cases affect children aged ten and under, however people of any age can develop asthma symptoms.
HOW DO YOU TREAT ASTHMA?
To effectively treat asthma, you must sit down with a health professional and discuss your symptoms and lifestyle. Long-term asthma control medications are an integral part of asthma management. Quick-relief inhalers are also important and can be used to open up swollen airways quickly when breathing is difficult. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe allergy medication to help combat your triggers.
CAN ASTHMA BE CURED?
Asthma is a chronic illness, and there is currently no known cure; however, it is a highly treatable disease. Today's treatments are so effective at controlling asthma when used correctly, that many people with asthma have an excellent quality of life.
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