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Can Asthma Be Cured Completely?
Asthma can be diagnosed with a proper treatment. You may have asthma for long period of time but you can maintain a healthy balance of life with all your activities.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that is caused due to inflammation of airways. Inflammation narrows the path for airways and becomes sensitive to breath. Asthma can cause chest tightness, difficulty in breathing. It often occurs during the night or early in the morning.
Asthma can attack people of all ages; research has found that it is more common in children. In US, about 25 million people are said to have asthma and amongst them 7 million are children.
Causes of Asthma
Asthma causes are not known, though researchers have based their theories on genetic and environmental factors. They are:
• Inherited by parents who have asthma.
• Respiratory infection during childhood.
• Developing viral infection in infancy age when the immunity system is growing.
• An inherited tendency to develop allergies that are known as Atopy could cause asthma. If it runs in the family that some allergic elements like tobacco, smoke are exposed, children may become more sensitive to air.
• Exposure to chemical irritants and industrial dust due to the workplace environment, people develop asthma that is known as Occupational Asthma.
When to visit a doctor for the diagnosis?
• If you have life-threatening asthma attack.
• If you feel allergic and your breath is shortened regularly.
• If your asthma need special tests to be done.
• If your asthma is not controlled with the prescribed medication by your doctor.
• Children, who are born in family with asthma history may get sick often and would feel allergic even without cold. Take your children to doctor, that’s the first step towards diagnosis.
• Your medical history with health related issues that can affect your asthma.
What you can do to prevent Asthma Attacks?
Asthma can be prevented if you:
• Participate in physical activities regularly. Physical activities can trigger your asthma in certain situations and can cause shortness of breath but they are important for a healthy and balanced life. Work out with your doctor/physician/yoga trainer to know which activities would not affect your asthma.
• Avoid situations that can make the treatment of your asthma difficult. Stay away from smoke-prone areas.
• Wear masks when you go out in public to avoid infections.
• Keep a track of all your activities that start from taking medicines, to participating in yoga to symptoms that triggers your asthma. Make this a habit of working out on your body daily.
Asthma is a long-term chronic disease that has no definitive cure. The purpose of Asthma treatment is to control the level of asthma.
Asthma control will help:
• Prevent the chronic symptoms like coughing or shortness of breath.
• Limit the need for quick-relief medicines.
• Make your nights easy and sleep healthy.
• Prevents from sudden asthma attack, which could be life-threatening.
Asthma could be treated by two methods.
1. Long-term medicines: These are effective for long-term control and they help in reducing inflammation in airways.
Onbrez Breezhaler: This is effective for long-term treatment; it helps in reducing inflammation and swelling that makes it difficult to breath.
Anti-Inflammatory medicine: This is taken with a nebulizer, as you breathe in the inhaler; nebulizer sends this medicine to the lungs. It helps in reducing the inflammation.
Immunomodulators: Such medicines like Omalizumab are given in the form of injection once or twice a month as your doctor prescribes. This medicine helps in reducing the level of asthma triggers.
Theophylline: This medicine is taken by mouth; it helps in opening up the airways.
2. Quick-relief medicines: These medicines are taken to quickly relieve from asthmatic conditions. People might resort to these medicines while climbing mountains or trekking.
• Inhaled short-acting beta2-agonists : these are the first choice for people who are diagnosed with asthma.
• Doctors suggest that, if you have asthma, carry your quick-relieve inhaler with you in all situations.
• If a child has asthma, the parents or caretakers should be aware of carrying his/her quick-relieve inhaler all the time.
• Know what you are using and for what duration. If you use quick-relieve inhaler for more than twice a week, consult your doctor about your asthma control diagnosis.
Asthma cannot be cured completely; it can be monitored with medication and controlled under certain circumstances.
Stay healthy, go for a walk daily.