Kids And Asthma

October 14, 2011 by staff 

Kids And AsthmaKids And Asthma, Can not stop the cough, maybe you’re having trouble breathing harder, or you feel a little pressure in the chest. It could be a lot of things: bronchitis, the onset of pneumonia, a sign of emphysema … or it may be asthma.

Of course, asthma is more common in children, but symptoms can begin at any age. In fact, recent reports indicate that government’s asthma rates are rising: One in 12 adults are diagnosed with the disease.

Although scientists do not know exactly why some adults develop asthma and others do not, they believe that genetic and environmental factors play a role, they know that women are more vulnerable than men, and point to obesity, allergies and respiratory infections as potential triggers. There is no cure for asthma, but can take these steps to minimize the symptoms and breathe easier:

Stick to your medication regimen.
Most adults need two types of rescue medication for immediate relief of symptoms and long-term daily medication to help control inflammation in the airways and prevent attacks.

┬áInhaled corticosteroids are the most common and most effective anti-inflammatory drugs for asthma – when they’re doing their job, you do not need quick-relief inhaler more often. If you are smoking more than usual, check with your doctor, he may need to adjust your medication long term.

Avoid potential triggers.
A recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that nearly half of adults do not take steps to avoid triggers, but that’s a key part of asthma management. Some of the most common triggers are allergens (such as pet dander, dust mites and mold), irritants (such as smoke, snuff) and viral infections (colds and sinusitis).

To take control, keep the windows closed and turn the air conditioning to help reduce airborne pollen and mold spores find their way into the interior, air conditioning also lowers indoor humidity and can reduce your exposure to dust mites. Also, pillows contain dust-proof covers and wash sheets and blankets in hot water every week. To reduce dander, keep pets outside the bedroom and they have bathed or groomed regularly. And wash your hands frequently, which is the best way to prevent disease.

Develop a plan of action.
It’s a step by step guide – created with your doctor, as you and designed to help you out if your treatment plan is working and tell you what to do when it is not. About 70% of adults do not have an asthma management plan in place, according to the CDC survey, but especially if you have moderate to severe asthma, you need one. An appropriate action plan includes the personalization of information on medications and triggers, monitoring symptoms and the use of peak flow meters, recognition and treatment of an attack and know when it’s time to seek emergency care.

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