Month: July 2017

Asthma 101: What might have triggered an attack?

Having asthma might be a burden for some because of its episodic nature.  Exposure to certain elements may exacerbate the condition.

Common triggers may include: the presence of cigarette smoke, too much anxiety and stress, an ongoing viral or bacterial infection, strong scents like perfumes and colognes, air pollution, changes in the weather or quality of air.

There may be other factors called as allergic triggers like: the presence of dust mites or pollen, hair from pets or vermin, and molds.

Asthma may be triggered in more ways than one and appears to be different from person-to-person.  Knowing what triggers your asthma may enable you to plan ahead to avoid it and keeping the symptoms from getting worse.

 

REFERENCE:

Armsby, C et. al. (2017). Patient Education: Avoiding Asthma Triggers. In K. Crowley (ed.) UptoDate Patient Education. Retrieved 16 July 2017, from https://www.uptodate.com/contents/avoiding-asthma-triggers-the-basics?source=see_link

Recognizing Asthma in Childhood

Asthma is a respiratory condition that makes people hard to breathe air.  This happens because the airways become inflamed in response to an allergen — something that the body perceives as foreign.  And so, the body tries its best from preventing  that particular  foreign body from entering the system.

Around 350 million people have asthma world wide and is said to be the 14% most important disorder in the world in terms of extent and duration of disability.  The problem of asthma is most serious among children aged 10-14 and the elderly aged 75-79.

Around 14% of children experience the symptoms of asthma.  This can be recognized with the following signs: wheezing or noisy breathing, coughing more common at night or early in the morning; a feeling of tightness in the chest; and trouble breathing.

If you are not sure if your child has asthma, there is an available test breathing test which children aged 6 years old and above can do.  A child with asthma may test positive for the examination compared to the normal population.

For more information about asthma and its signs and symptoms, contact your family doctor.

 

References:

Crowley, K et. al. (2017). Asthma in Children: The Basics. UptoDate. Retrieved 23 July 2017, from https://www.uptodate.com/contents/asthma-in-children-the-basics?source=see_link