Bronchial Asthma and Infections-By Edter
Several people think that asthma is contagious. Others may wonder if this respiratory problem is communicable (infectious in nature). As a matter of fact, bronchial asthma is non-infectious and non-communicable.
However, this health problem is closely associated to other forms of infections. Medical specialist from Arizona, USA believed that people in contact to constant respiratory infections such as pneumonia can predispose them to suffer from bronchial asthma.
The relationship of infections to asthma is very significant. It means that if a non-asthmatic individual is exposed to a great deal of respiratory infections can have 50 – 70% chance of getting the disease. Aside from the notable triggering factors, transmission of infections from one person to another can lower the immune system.
This can lower the body’s resistance against other precipitating factors causing bronchial asthma such as allergens. As a result, it can trigger the immune system to produce an immunoglobulin, which is responsible for the inflammatory processes in the body. It can lead to the inflammation of the bronchial airway and may develop into respiratory distress.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Respiratory Infections?
As a mandatory preventive measure for respiratory infection, learning the clinical manifestations of this health problem is the best way to avoid the impending asthma attack. These manifestations are:
- Fever (usually higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit). Systemic respiratory infection can trigger the immune system to release antibodies and fight the foreign substances causing infection. Tips for relieving fever are:
- Checking of the temperature using digital thermometer is a must.
- Using of tepid sponge bath.
- Increasing oral fluid intake.
- Taking of anti-pyretic medications are recommended.
- Sore throat. The most common sign of respiratory infection is sore throat. It is caused by a streptococcal infection that can affect the upper respiratory system. If a person feels pain when swallowing, irritation of throat, or presence of white thrushes in the throat are indications of respiratory problems. Recommendations to relieve sore throat are:
- Performing of regular oral care (using of mouth wash).
- Consultation to EENT specialists.
- Taking of oral antibiotics can relieve sore throat.
- Coughing out of sputum. Usually, there are three types (color-based) of sputum. Whitish sputum may indicate a viral infection, greenish and yellowish color is bacterial in nature, and pinkish or blood-tinged sputum are indications of airway irritation or serious respiratory problem. To prevent this, one must:
- Eat foods that are rich in vitamin C and protein.
- Increase oral fluid intake.
- Possible radiologic and sputum analysis.
- Taking of antibiotics.
Aside from these three common manifestations of respiratory infections, irritation to sinus (sinusitis) can also trigger the asthma attack. Constant sneezing is an indication of allergy (allergic rhinitis), which contributes to the development of bronchial asthma.
The best ways to prevent infections are to avoid crowded places. Always wear masks if you are diagnosed of bronchial asthma. Observe for universal precautionary measures such as hand washing. Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and boost your immune system by eating vegetables (preferably, green and yellow veggies) and fruits.
Avoid smoking (especially second-hand smoking) and safeguard your health by taking supplements such as vitamin C and iron. These elements are very essential for the improvement of the body’s resistance against infection-By Edterchelle Soriano.
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