- by Dr. Surjitpal Singh
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- May 20 2017
What is Asthma?
A chronic disease involving the airways in the lungs is called Asthma. These bronchial tubes or airways permit air to come in and out of the lungs.
Your airways are always inflamed if you have asthma. When something triggers your symptoms they become even more inflated and the muscles near the airways can stiffen. This makes it hard for air to move in and out of the lungs, causing symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath and/or chest tightness or coughing.
Timing of these symptoms is closely associated to physical activity, for many asthma sufferers. And, some otherwise fit people can develop asthma symptoms only when exercising.
Some individuals in a good state of health may develop symptoms of asthma only when they exercise. This is known as exercise-induced asthma (EIA) or exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB).
An important way of staying healthy is to stay active, so asthma should not keep you on the sidelines. Before, during and after physical activity, your health care provider can develop a management schedule to keep your symptoms under control.
Individuals with a family history of asthma or allergies are more likely to developing asthma. Many individuals who suffer from asthma also have allergies. This is known as allergic asthma.
Inhaling gases, fumes, dust or other potentially dangerous substances while on the job causes occupational asthma.
Millions of families and their children are impacted with childhood asthma impacts. In fact, most of children who develop asthma are affected before the age of 5.
Your quality of life will be better and also you will be able to manage your condition, once it is thoroughly diagnosed and a treatment is planned, as asthma has no cure.
The best qualified physician in diagnosing and treating asthma is an immunologist or allergist. You can take control of your condition and participate in normal activities with the help of your allergist.
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