Triggers and Prevention of Acute Asthma
Asthma is a chronic disease that affects many people. Asthma attacks occur when there is a blockage of the airways due to inflammation. Asthma starts initially in childhood but can also develop in adults.
What is acute asthma?
Unfamiliarity to signs that leads up to an asthma attack makes this onset scary. The best way to deal with asthma is for one to be familiar with the triggers and prevention of this disease.
How does one recognize and avoid acute asthma?
First the Triggers
Not everybody is prone to asthma, the most susceptible people to this disease are those who have a family history of asthma and/or allergies. Sudden asthma attack can be caused by excessive exercise but mostly by allergens. Common asthma triggers are: feathers, dust, pet dander, smoke and harsh odors. Another reason for asthma attacks are upper respiratory infections.
• Tightness in the chest
• Laborious breathing
• Wheezing and coughing with shortness of breath
Quickly find medical help if you can’t regain regular breathing on your own or if your inhaler couldn’t help.
How can acute asthma attacks be prevented?
Curing asthma is so far not proved yet so the best thing you can do is prevent it or keep it under control. Keep track of your lung function with a peak flow meter which measures your air flow. This helps you determine if you’re at a risk of a sudden asthma attack.
Use an air purifier and a Hepa-filtered vacuum to keep allergens away.
HEPA – stands for High Efficiency Particle Arrestor, used to reduce the number of contaminants in indoor air. A HEPA filter will arrest or stop 99.97% of all particles .3 microns or larger.
Consult a doctor about inhalers and oral medications which you can use. Oral steroids or at-home nebulizers are prescribed in extreme cases.