ASTHMA

What is Asthma, What are the Risks,
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What is Asthma?

Asthma is a long term condition that effects the aiways in and out of the lungs and asthma attacks ranging from mild to life threatening can be caused from a number of triggers such as “Passive smoking”, “Dust Mites”, “Air Pollution”, “Pets”, “Pests”, “Mould” even “Cleaning & Disinfection fluids!”.

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Asthma can be a condition we are born with or developed during adult-hood mostly between the ages of 18-24, this can also be an heriditary condition and effects boys more than girls but affects more women than men in adult hood?

A trigger can come in many forms and aggravate the airways causing one or more reactions such as – The muscles around the airways will tighten and reduce the airway leaving the patient struggling to breathe, additional panic will contribute to further tightening, the lining of the airway can also become inflamed due to a trigger and start swelling; again narrowing the airway. Finally, sticky mucus or phlegm can react to a trigger and cause a blockage of the airway.

Unfortunately Asthma is a lifelong condition and is different for each sufferer although treatments have come a long way and there are many treatments available to assist sufferers with management of their condition. Some people may have milder conditions and less triggers than another sufferer, however the risk does not lower as even a mild asthma attack can require urgent care, tragically 3 people per day die in the UK of asthma related incidents.

Symptoms of an Asthma Attack

ADULT-ONSET ASTHMA

It is a condition diagnosed as an adult, whereby an adult comes into contact with a trigger that has eluded them for many years; it can also be an underlying condition that has gone un-noticed and triggered by a viral or bacterial infection such as cold or flu.

SEASONAL ASTHMA

This condition flares up at specific times of the year, much like hay fever suffers. However, this can also occur in the winter months and have various triggers, such as airborne dust caused by radiators/heating systems.

EXCERCISE INDUCED ASTHMA

Some people without a diagnosis of asthma can experience asthma-like symptoms that only occur during exercise. This recorded as “exercise-induced bronchoconstriction” or EIB for short; this can be caused during strenuous exercise during cold conditions and primarily affects top tier athletes.

ALLERGIC ASTHMA

Allergic (or atopic) asthma is triggered by allergens such as pollen, pets and dust mites. Over 70% of people with this condition have a related condition to include hay fever, eczema or suffer from food-based allergies. A GP will prescribe a “Preventer Inhaler” that you would use daily and a “Reliever Inhaler” to assist during an Asthma episode. A GP will also guide how to manage triggers and allergies.

OCCUPATIONAL ASTHMA

It is caused by the work/profession the sufferer is in. This is usually detected as an adult and worsens on workdays vs days off. A GP will be able to assist with advice and management of the condition and assist you with identifying what the triggers may be; for example, working in a cement production factory may produce cement dust-related triggers or in a flour factory where certain types of flour dust may be the trigger.

SEVERE ASTHMA

A small number of people are diagnosed with “Severe Asthma” and are usually identified via a specialist clinic. This condition is likely to be diagnosed if there are two or more attacks annually or the patient is taking higher doses of inhaled steroids. If the Blue reliever is being used on three or more occasions during a week, it may indicate Severe asthma and a GP should be consulted. For more information surround types of asthma not covered here, please see Asthma UK

How SAAT Healthcare can help!

Our technology can assist you with controlling your asthma or breathing difficulties and provide accurate information for your GP.