Asthma – Do you have a plan?

Asthma affects many people worldwide. The combination of the burden of missed work and loss of productivity resulting total school days lost in the billions dollars each year in the United States.

Asthma is classified as a reversible airway disease, which means that symptoms usually improve after treatment and respiratory compromise can be restored to functional status. Therefore, the management of symptoms is the key to success and the reduction or “attacks” exacerbation. Causing inflammation, excessive mucus production, and spasms in the walls of the airways, asthma can have a variety of symptoms, each of which may typically be different from person to person. Let’s review some of these symptoms and their causes.

Inflammation – Inflammation causes a reduction in the diameter of the airway. This causes difficulty in breathing and increases turbulence in the air flow through the air, which causes more ironically inflammation. An interesting fact that allows you to put things into perspective the difficulties experienced when this happens is: If you were to take an airway that is one inch in diameter, give it a good dose of ignition until it becomes half his size or half inch in diameter, which obviously only increases his difficulty breathing significantly. It would make sense, looking at the numbers, that your problem is now 50% larger than in the past, but this is not the case. Actually, it has become 16 times more difficult for you air moving through the air. Talk about a change!

Mucus production – The walls of our roads are filled with cells specially designed to excrete mucus. This mucus is present for our own good, and under normal circumstances would be considered an ally. Helps trap foreign objects such as dust or foreign particles when their presence is detected and hold for the cilia (small hairs that line our airways) proposed that the glob of mucus stuck to our core particles spat on routes. A perfect system … unless the mucus is released as a result of triggers that you are exposed as a cause of asthma, lung irritation, or other lung diseases. If it considers the inflammation that has probably already occurred in airway mucus excretion compound this, only reduced the diameter of most respiratory tract, coughing and now you have “stuff”.

Spasms – Now, let’s talk about the spasms. airway spasms are uncontrollable shaking of our airways, which make you cough. Now this “trembling” should not be very big at all to make you feel good. Some are very, very small, but they carry a good result. Cough causes tremor increases air turbulence. This air turbulence, is also mentioned above, increases in respiratory irritation, inflammation and increased production of mucus, causing further irritation, which can lead to more spasm, which increases the turbulence of air, which starts again cycle. You can see why the management of symptoms is so important.

There are many things to control symptoms. Avoiding triggers is the first thing you should do. If you are not familiar with, or has not been able to “nail” your symptoms, keep trying to do. It is a continual work in progress, as triggers can change depending on the time of year, air quality and the environment (both inside and outside), and its ability to avoid them. Then take your medications as directed. Do not skip doses or stop taking them if you start to feel better. Many medications are used to keep the airway open, and you will not realize how much help to quit taking them, which, of course, can cause problems. Keep rescue breathing with you at all times. Keep it in your purse, backpack, glove compartment, your brief case – which is most convenient for you – just keep it. You never know when you may be exposed to greater aggravation or triggering. Drugs can achieve a common goal, but the use of doors do. We can compare home – which has a back door, front door, and probably a garage door or side. You can get “in house” with a door, but each uses a different door route to get there. The drugs are the same. In this case, all work to “open” the airways, but there are several different paths you can take, so as soothing spasms, decreased mucus production, or reducing inflammation. All three maintain the integrity of the airway, the three do differently.

If you have had asthma since several years ago or severe symptoms (and actually, even if you do not have and even if it does not), you should be very familiar with your medications and triggers, and must have a plan of action asthma. An action plan is just that – your plan of action in case of deterioration. This plan should be done with the help of your doctor, either a respiratory therapist, a nurse or a doctor – all of which must be certified asthma. Included in this plan should be all your medicines when and how to use them, including how often and when to call your doctor or seek medical attention. Should be described accurately and leave very little room for the question of what to do and how to proceed in different levels of gravity (the green zone, yellow zone, red zone), as exacerbation progresses. The term “very low” can be used because the processing of each individual situation will be somewhat different and unique as a fingerprint. No symptoms or attacks are exactly alike. There is always enough room for a small “surprise” question slide even in the best thought and well executed plans.

Last but not least, be familiar with your plan of action. Hang in a place where it can be easily accessed. Keep an extra copy in your wallet. Do about both what your plan is, where-is, where drugs and what you need in case you need help. prevention of asthma symptoms is prevention. Be prepared. Know your triggers. Know your diet. Take your medications. And of course, breathe and smile. You got it!

Asthma is a serious respiratory disease that can not be taken lightly, but should be monitored Treaty. The symptoms must be controlled. It is essential to understand what your triggers are, what your medications are and what they have to do in an emergency.

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