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Asthma - Here's what it is defined as:

Asthma is a  chronic condition that affects children and adults. The air tunnels in the lungs narrow due to inflammation and muscle tightening surrounding the airways. In certain people, asthma may be a minor condition, but in a few, it may interfere with their regular activities.

Worldwide there are about 269 million cases of asthma reported, while India alone accounts for 15 to 20 million people. While the cause is not quite understood, following a healthy lifestyle may help prevent it to a certain extent.

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What is an asthma attack? How is it categorized?

The normal way of breathing involves the relaxation of muscles around the airways. Usual breathing involves no sound and happens quietly. When someone has an asthma attack, it can lead to:

Bronchospasm

Inflammation

Mucus production

The common types of asthma include:

Asthma is divided into different types based on what causes it and how bad the symptoms are. It is segregated as:

Asthma - the symptoms that can show:

When should you visit an asthma specialist?

  • Experiencing a severe breathing problem or breathlessness even while lying down.

  • An asthma attack that does not subside even after taking medication.

  • In case the nails and skin turn pale in colour.

  • Feeling of unconsciousness while trying to gasp for air.

  • Trouble in finishing a complete sentence without taking a pause.

Triggering factors - that can lead to asthma:

These triggering factors may be different for each person. The following are the most common:

Reach out to an asthma specialist in Coimbatore to know your triggering factors for asthma.

Who is at high risk of getting asthma?

People of any age group can develop asthma. Apart from the triggering factors, people exposed to secondhand and thirdhand smoke are at risk of developing asthma.

Diagnostic procedures involved in identifying asthma:

Treatment methodology used in the management of asthma:

Asthma management involves both medications and also few lifestyle changes to help prevent any future attacks. The best lifestyle habit to follow is to avoid the triggers of an asthma attack. The following are the few treatment methods to manage asthma,

Quick-relief medications:

These medicines work quickly to ease symptoms that come on quickly. You take them when necessary and as soon as you feel sick.

Controller medications:

These medications help control asthma by fixing the changes in the airways that are causing it, like swelling and too much mucus. They can be given medicine or more.

Biologics:

This treatment goes after a cell or protein to stop the airways from swelling.

Bronchodilators:

Bronchodilators quickly ease your symptoms by relaxing the tight muscles around your airways.

Nebulizer:

A nebulizer is an electrically powered machine that turns liquid medicine into a mist that can be breathed directly into the lungs through a face mask or mouthpiece.

Inhalers:

Inhalers are small, handheld devices that deliver medicine directly to the lungs. Unlike pills or liquids, which are swallowed, the medicine is in a form that the person breathes in.

FAQ

Questions ? Answered !

What is the main cause of asthma?

Having a parent with asthma, having a severe respiratory infection as a child, having an allergy, or being exposed to certain chemical irritants or industrial dust at work are the most common ways to get asthma.

What does an asthma cough feel like?

Asthma is more likely if you also experience other symptoms, such as a persistent cough, wheezing, and difficulty breathing and/or a feeling of tightness in the chest. Some people with asthma may not have any coughing symptoms at all. Most coughs are dry, but uncontrolled asthma might cause you to cough up clear, thick mucus.

Can asthma be cured?

Even though asthma can't be entirely cured, its symptoms can be managed. Because asthma often changes over time, it's important to work with your doctor to keep track of your signs and symptoms and adjust your asthma treatment as needed.

Is asthma a serious condition?

Even though asthma is usually manageable, it is still a serious condition that can lead to several problems. Because of this, it's important to stick to your treatment plan and not ignore worsening symptoms. If you don't take care of your asthma well, you might always feel tired.

Is asthma contagious?

Asthma is not communicable. Its cause is still mostly unclear, although studies have found that asthma can be caused by both inherited and environmental causes. Just because you have a parent with asthma does not indicate you will have it, too.

How much does asthma surgery cost in Coimbatore?

Asthma surgery costs in Coimbatore can vary greatly depending on factors such as the hospital or clinic, the type of operation, the surgeon's fees, and any extra medical services necessary.

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