Asthma is a type of lung disease that interferes with the breathing airways. People who suffer from asthma are often unable to breathe normally, sometimes struggling to draw air into the body.
People who have asthma will experience the worst of their symptoms during asthma attacks. In the throes of an asthma attack, the breathing passageways become so inflamed that they are swollen almost shut in some cases. Trying to breathe under these circumstances is extremely difficult and the asthma sufferer will often start wheezing, gasping for air, and coughing during the attack. Because the feeling of not being able to breathe freely is a very frightening one, it is not unusual for asthma sufferers to feel panicked during an attack. During an asthma attack, some people feel pain in the chest as a result of the constant struggle to draw air.
The reason for asthma attacks may not always be obvious. Some common triggers may include heavy exercise, laughing or crying heavily, airborne allergens, smoke, and pet dander. Extreme climate changes may trigger some asthma attacks, as well.
There are many different approaches to asthma treatment today. An experienced allergist can create a treatment plan for each patient's unique needs. Many people benefit from the use of inhaled medications. These medications, which may be used either on a regular schedule or on an as-needed basis, can alleviate the lung inflammation that prompts asthma attacks. Some patients may also benefit from allergy shots if the asthma is allergy induced. If the triggers for the asthma attacks can be determined, it is important for patients to make any lifestyle alterations possible to avoid those triggers. Asthma can be managed very effectively with the help of an experienced doctor.
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