Asthma—Dangerous Yet Treatable
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), in 2009 at least 25 million people in the U.S. (8 percent of the population) had asthma. Despite its prevalence, there is no known cause. Asthma likely develops due to a combination of environmental and genetic factors.
It typically manifests during childhood, which makes it particularly scary. People with asthma experience shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, and other chronic respiratory issues. On occasion, asthmatics may experience an asthma attack, which can constrict their airways partially or completely. In some cases, asthma attacks can be fatal.
While there is no known cure, treatment can effectively reduce the dangers of asthma and allow a person to live a normal, active life.
Prevention and long-term control of triggers is key to successful asthma treatment. Asthmatics have varying triggers that can lead to an asthma attack. These include but are not limited to:
- Animal dander
- Physical activities
In addition to identifying and avoiding triggers, asthmatics must make sure their daily treatments—which include inhalers and nebulizers—are keeping their symptoms under control.
Living with Asthma
With proper prevention and treatment, asthmatics can live normal, active lives. Avoiding certain pollens or animal dander may be necessary for an individual, but not all pollen or all animals may be a trigger. Physical activity in the cold may cause problems, but exercising indoors during the winter may be fine. The key for asthmatics is to be aware of their unique condition and respond accordingly.
Asthma Experts in Colorado Springs
Asthma & Allergy Associates in Colorado Springs have a nationally-recognized team of experts who specialize in treating asthma. If you are a parent and notice your child wheezing or having other chronic respiratory issues, don’t hesitate to have him or her checked. Undiagnosed asthma is dangerous and can be tragic. We would be happy to provide you with additional information about asthma symptoms, prevention, and treatment.