Thursday, 23 February 2012

Asthma- Causes, Symptoms and Treatments


Asthma is generally caused due to the disorder of the breathing passage in the lungs. The chronic inflammation of this passage causes swelling, narrowing of the airway, and exhaling of air. Different statistics show that more than thirty-three million people suffer from asthma in the United States. There are several types of asthma and are generally categorized according to its cause.
 Following are some of the common types of asthma:
  • Allergic asthma
  • Exercise induced asthma
  • Cough variant asthma
  • Occupational asthma
  • Nocturnal asthma
Asthma is a serious disorder and must not be neglected. Any symptom of this disease must be brought to the doctor's notice to avoid any medical emergencies. Following is the detailed information about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for asthma.

Causes of Asthma:
Following are some of the common causes of asthma:
  • Chronic airway inflammation
  • Environmental conditions
  • Allergic reactions
  • Animal dander
  • Dust mites
  • Hay fever
  • Eczema
  • Genetic predisposition
The above mentioned causes along with smoking, breathing of polluted air, respiratory infections, and stress are some of the common causes of asthma.

Symptoms of Asthma:
Following are some of the common symptoms of asthma:
  • Wheezing
  • Respiratory or breathing problems
  • Pain and other problems in chest
  • Severe and prolonged coughing
  • Difficulty in speaking
  • Gastro-esophageal reflux disease
  • Lower esophageal sphincter


Treatments for Asthma:
Following are some of the treatments used for controlling asthma:
  • Bronchial thermoplasty
  • Immunotherapy
  • Medications for asthma
  • Asthma inhalers
  • Steroids and other drugs
  • Asthma nebulizer
As the problem cannot be completely recovered, people must take proper care of themselves.

Asthma if ignored can also lead to sudden death. Thus, one must take proper medical treatments and precautions to avoid any medical emergencies. Any medical questions regarding asthma must not be neglected and should be asked to the respective medical specialist to avoid any misconceptions.

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