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Asthma: Symptoms, Inhalers and Nebulizers and the asthma attack

Asthma is a condition that is associated with the functioning of the lungs. In this condition, the airways to the lungs are restricted as they are inflamed or narrowed. The inflamed airways become extremely sensitive and they can get affected by almost everything in the environment. When such a thing happens, then the airways become even more narrowed which lead to the formation of mucus. The production of the mucus makes it harder to keep the flow of the air uninterrupted.

What are the symptoms and the causes of asthma?

The most customary symptoms of asthma may include the following:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Pressure in the chest

Please! 

If you encounter any of the above-mentioned symptoms too frequently, then please immediately report to your doctor. Otherwise, you may find yourself in some serious problem. 

Important information

The symptoms of asthma may vary from person to person. Asthma becomes even more prominent when you do vigorous or strenuous exercises. 

What exactly is an asthma attack? 

The asthma attack is experienced when the bands which are present around the airways of the muscles somehow get tightened. The tightening of the bans is known as the bronchospasm. When the individual encounters the attack, then he may surely experience the following symptoms:

  • Sweaty face
  • Blue Lips
  • Blue Fingernails

How does asthma get treated? 

The medications which are especially prescribed for asthma help you to live a normal life. Usually, two kinds of drugs are used to treat the problem:

    • Steroids: Anti-inflammatory drugs like steroids help to reduce the swelling and make an uninterrupted way for the air to flow through your lungs. By taking such medications, you can strengthen your airway. These medications prevent the airways from getting affected by the harmful toxins present in the atmosphere.

Don’t! 

Do not take any kind of inflammatory medication on your own unless suggested by the doctor. 

    • Inhalers: Inhalers are usually the life saviours for asthma patients. These help the patient to experience quick and rapid relief from the following conditions:
      • Coughing
      • Wheezing
      • Chest Tightening
      • Shortness of breathing

There are usually two kinds of inhalers –

      • Short-acting bronchodilator
      • The long-acting bronchodilator.

TIP 

Based on your medical condition, the doctor will suggest which kind of inhaler you should be using. 

  • Asthma nebulizer: If you experience any kind of problem while using the inhalers, then the doctors may guide you to switch to nebulizers. The predominant advantage of using the nebulizer is that it can effectively transform the liquid medicine into the mist.

Bottom  Line 

Today, we can easily find half of the population suffering from asthma. So it becomes more important to have detailed information about asthma.

 

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