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Heal Your Breath: Asthma Symptoms Causes, and Preventive Tips

Heal Your Breath: Asthma Symptoms Causes, and Preventive Tips

In India estimated of around more than 30 million people are suffering from Asthma, these statistics are provided by the Global Burden of Disease.

Its cases in India are rising due to various reasons lifestyle, stress, and pollution are the main factors. Many people complain about asthma symptoms having tightening in their chest and wheezing, for them completing their daily chores is really bothersome.
It is always best to take control of it at the initial onset of the disease because prevention is the base of medicine.

Here we discuss the symptoms, types, causes, and preventive steps, so you can better understand your asthma.

Take a look at Asthma Disease -
Asthma is a chronic lung disease. You feel tightness around the chest, shortness of breath, whizzing, and sometimes you feel trouble sleeping.

In medical terms, it can be caused by the tightening of the muscles around the airways or bronchioles of the lungs. Your lungs airways become constricted and produce more mucus so air is unable to pass through and causing asthma.

In most severe cases asthma may lead to the death of the patient.
The impact on your daily lives
The bad impact it has on your lives is that it affects your day-to-day activities. You can take participate in some sports but running and sprinting causes shortness of breath.
In most severe cases your work life is affected badly and you are unable to focus on your work.

You felt irritated and agitated, life seems impossible for you.

But with the right treatment and with some preventive tips you can control your asthma for better living.
The problem with many is that initially, they do not know about their asthma symptoms, and later when they know the problem gets worsen. It is always a good idea that you should know the symptoms of your asthma.

Symptoms of Asthma - Check Any Problem in your Breathing 
Many people in this world think that shortness of breath always leads to asthma, but it is not true always cause sometimes it is caused by some physical work, due to vitamin deficiencies, or hormonal factors.

But if this persists for a long time then better you should check your Asthma sign & symptoms.

Asthma signs are:-

  • Airway Blockage

In the case of asthma, your muscles got tighten and airs are unable to pass through the lungs. 

  • Inflammation

Your bronchial tubes got swollen and inflamed and constrict the air passage.

  • Airway Irritability-

Allergens and irritable substances cause the airway to get irritated or swell if they are highly sensitive.

Symptoms of asthma are -:  

  • Coughing 
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness, pain or pressure in your chest
  • Trouble sleeping because of breathing problems
  • Difficulty talking
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent infections
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Anxious or panic

If your asthma gets a flare-up you may feel the above symptoms twofold higher.

What is Asthma Attack -
The asthma attack name already gives so many people worry lines on their heads. But do you know what asthma attacks feel like, even people who are suffering from it don’t know what it is.
During an asthma attack, you feel highly difficulty breathing, your lips turn blue in color and in some severe attack person got faints or if he does not get emergency treatment he died.
An asthma attack causes the bands of the muscle around the airways are triggered to tighten, anxiety and panic. This tightening is called bronchospasm, during the attack, the lining of the airways becomes swollen or inflamed and the cells lining the airways make more and thicker mucus than normal.

It is better you should call the emergency unit immediately.

Asthma Causes and Triggers -

Asthma is caused by many factors, some triggers include -

  •  Infections like colds and flu
  •  Allergens like strong odors from perfumes or cleaning solutions
  •  Air pollutants
  •  Tobacco Smoke
  •  Exercise
  •  Cold air or changes in the weather.
  •  Strong emotions such as laughing, anxiety, sadness or stress
  •  Nuts, Food preservatives, shrimp, lime juices, etc.
  •  Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  •  Exercise
  •  Your family history
  •  Races especially people of African American descent or puerto rican descent are more prone to it.

The Preventive Steps We Take for Asthma 

Asthma affected badly your daily lifestyle, although there is no cure in the medical field. But you can control it through proper steps.
The preventive steps are -:

1. Do Breathing Exercise 
Pranayam like anulom vilom helps you clear out your airways, and open your lungs clearly.

2. Steam Therapy 
On steam therapy, you can inhale water vapor to open the airways which may also help to loosen mucus.
Steam adds warmth and moisture to the air, which may improve breathing and help loosen mucus inside the airways and lungs. Inhaling water vapor can provide immediate relief and help people breathe more easily.

3. Exercise Regularly 
Regular exercise keeps your asthma at bay and increases lung efficiency.

4. Spend your day with Mindfulness 
Mindfulness an ancient Buddha therapy now rises again in the West. Follow your daily routine with mindfulness activities to keep stress away from your life.
Mindfulness means getting aware of your thoughts and focusing on the moment.

5. Healthy Diets 
Food has an emotional and yet nutritious connection with your body. Eating anti-inflammatory foods is always an ace for your lungs.
Foods like - Cherries, lentils, leafy greens, turmeric, beans, olives etc. are best for your lungs health.

6. Avoid Triggers 
For having asthma you will triggered by some allergens and triggers so easily.
It is better you should avoid triggers like chemicals, pollen dust, etc to save yourself from flare-up conditions.

Takeaway -
 Asthma is a condition that causes lung airways to constrict and inflamed, and the air is unable to pass through it and you find difficulty in breathing.

There are no treatments available to cure that disease completely but through proper management, you can control it. Asthma control drugs, proper exercise, diets, stress-free lifestyle helps you in its management.
Remember drugs can control your asthma but a better lifestyle improves its condition tenfold times.

For more awareness, you can consult your pulmonologist.


Que - What type of exercise is suitable for me while suffering from an Asthma condition?

Ans. For asthma patients light exercise is always the best option for you. You can do some warm-up and breathing exercises. For more awareness, you can consult your doctors.

Que - When should I consult a doctor for my child having asthma?
Ans -
You can visit a child specialist when he/she is facing issues like -

  • Asthma controlled poorly
  • Daytime or nighttime symptoms every week
  • Trouble breathing during playtime activity
  • Admitted to ICU for asthma issues

Que - What medications trigger Asthma?

Ans - Medicine like beta blockers can trigger your asthma, which is used in the treatment of blood pressure, heart conditions, migraine, or anxiety. Another one is aspirins or non-steroidal drugs which are used as pain relievers to treat arthritis and inflammatory conditions. Although not everyone with asthma condition gets triggered by these medications.

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