Learn About Asthma
Asthma is a long-term chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways causing recurrence of wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Very common, coughing usually occurs at night or very early in the morning. As this disease is incurable, if a patient feels fine occasionally he/she should still be alert of their condition because recurrence at any time is possible.
Any one can get asthma despite their age. Millions of people have been diagnosed with asthma and many are children. However there are modern methods to manage the disease and one can lead a normal and active life without sleep interruptions.
The real causes of asthma are yet to be discovered but several factors studied by researchers believe that some of the causes are likely to be inheritance from parents with asthma, contact with airborne viral infections during infancy before immunity have developed or even an inherited tendency to acquire allergies referred to as atopy.
Another cause of asthma is of exposure to chemicals or in industrial work places referred to as occupational asthma. A lung function test performed frequently can be one safe way to diagnose asthma.
Asthma is a long-term disease but when well controlled one reduces quick requirements of relief medicines is reduced. One also prevents disturbing symptoms such as coughing and shortness of breath. Since asthma mostly results in emergency attention, when well controlled such occurrences are reduced or even being admitted to hospital.
To achieve this, identify and avoid things that can aggravate your asthma, keep track of your asthma level, get regular checkups for your asthma, use asthma medicines as your doctor prescribes and get regular checkups for your asthma.