Vesagas: Some Tips on Avoiding Asthma Triggers-A A +A
Friday, August 23, 2013
“ASTHMA is a condition in which the bronchial tubes become inflamed and constricted, making breathing difficult,” states The Comprehensive School Health Education.
“Asthma is a serious condition that is common in children, teens and adults.”
Medical literatures state that people with asthma are sensitive to certain asthma triggers.
According to Linda Meeks and associates from the College of Education and Human Ecology at the Ohio State University, “asthma triggers are substances that cause the airway to tighten, swell, and fill with mucus.”
“The airways become narrowed and blocked, and it is difficult to breathe,” they explain.
An asthma attack can be best avoided if what triggers it is known. Some of those asthma triggers are listed as the *following:
(1) At home:
Foods such as nuts, chocolates, eggs, shellfish and peanut butter;
Beverages such as orange juice, wine, beer and milk;
Mold spores and pollens from flowers, trees and grass;
Dander from cats, dogs and chicken;
Feather or hair-stuffed pillows, comforters, wool clothing and stuffed toys;
Insect parts, such as those from dead cockroaches and house mites;
Medicines such as aspirin;
Vapors from cleaning solvents, paint, paint thinners and liquid chlorine bleach;
Fluorocarbon spray products, such as furniture polish, starch, cleaners, and room deodorizers;
Scents from spray deodorants, perfumes, hair sprays, talcum powder and cosmetics;
Cloth-upholstered furniture, carpets and draperies that collect dust;
Brooms, dusters that raise dust;
Dirty filters from air-conditioners;
Cold or hot air or sudden changes in temperature;
Excessive humidity or dryness;
High pollen counts;
(3) Any place:
Overexertion causing wheezing;
Common cold, flu and other viruses;
Fear, anger, frustration, laughing too hard, crying or an emotionally upsetting situation;
Smoke from cigarettes, cigars and pipes;
Fumes from perfumes, cologne and after-shave;
(4) Some Preventive measures:
Drink enough fluids at least six to eight glasses a day;
Take all prescribed medications as directed;
Tell your healthcare provider about all medications you take;
Schedule as many activities that you can tolerate with frequent breaks in between;
Avoid sleeping pills or sedatives to help you sleep in case of a mild asthma attack. These medications may slow down your breathing and make it more difficult.
Instead, try propping yourself up on an extra pillow while waiting for your antiasthma medication to work.
“Most children who suffer from asthma continue to have asthma as adults,” adds Meeks.
“However, for about one-fourth of children with asthma, the symptoms decrease significantly as they get older.”
On the other hand, “sometimes asthma does not develop until the person is an adult,” she concludes.
According to Vander’s Human Physiology, “the first aim of treatment for asthma is to reduce chronic inflammation and airway hyper-responsiveness with anti-inflammatory drugs.”
“The second aim is to overcome excessive airway smooth muscle contraction with bronchodilator drugs, which relax the airways,” it states.
But to pulmonologists and other health experts, prevention is best than cure.
This week is also known as the Asthma Awareness Week.
*Source: Managing Chronic Disorders by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
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Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 23, 2013.