Asthma

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What is it?

Asthma is a respiratory condition that primarily affects the lungs and bronchial tubes in the process of human breathing. After the 1970s, the frequency of diagnosis concerning this condition substantially increased. In fact, the latest worldwide estimates indicate that more than 200 million people are impacted by some form of this condition. This statistic also includes approximately one quarter of one million deaths attributed to this condition throughout the entire world. There are a number of related conditions that can result from asthma, which is significant to factor into any figures involving per capita impact.

Causes

This condition is the result of numerous causes that doctors and researchers seem to have a firm handle on in terms of understanding. However, there are still a variety of complexities that doctors have yet to determine concerning the causes of this condition.

Nonetheless, one of the most well-known causes is the surrounding environment. Various pathogens and poor air quality or circulation are often reasons cited for asthmatic episodes.
Additionally, other medical conditions can sometimes produce outbreaks of this particular condition such as subsequent respiratory ailments. Various allergies afflicting a person have also received credit for causing asthmatic episodes. There are even some theories suggesting that a lack of hygiene and exposure to dangerous bacteria clusters can produce this condition as well. Lastly, it is crucial to remember that physical exertion itself can be one of the biggest factors in asthmatic episodes occurring because of inflammation making air transfer increasingly difficult.

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Symptoms

This particular condition produces a number of respiratory symptoms such as coughing and tightness in the chest cavity. In fact, the most common respiratory symptom of this condition produces what is typically known in slang terminology as a ‘wheeze.’

The symptoms being present can depend on the time of day and whether or not the air is cold. Additionally, there are some people who will experience these symptoms frequently and other people who only experience symptoms when certain triggers or causes provide the opportunity for symptoms to surface.

Diagnosis

According to the experts at WebMD, people that experience difficulty breathing or who often find themselves coughing during the evening hours may want to consult a physician to determine if they are suffering from asthma or a related respiratory condition. There are a number of asthma and respiratory capability examinations that a health care professional can perform to determine the presence of this condition and its subsequent severity. In fact, it is even possible to undergo testing to determine if you are suffering from allergies, and if so, which particular allergens trigger asthmatic episodes.

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Treatment

Like many conditions, diseases and ailments, it is important to begin treatment and management options for asthma as early and as often as possible. There are a large variety of different medications to help sufferers deal with the unpleasant symptoms, which includes breathing difficulty. The most popular and impactful form of medicine are inhalers that can be produced in dry powder form or canisters.

There even exists expert support from the doctors at WebMD to undertake a journal or a diary to document episodes and better manage episodes in the future based on past information. It is also advisable to understand triggers based on this information and attempt to control or avoid such triggers in the future. Finally, there are a great number of people experimenting with natural remedies for this condition with varying degrees of success.