Taking Control Of Asthma

Taking Control Of Asthma

Asthma is a common chronic disease which inflames the airways. The airways are the small tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. Asthma causes the airways to become over-sensitive and react to things they wouldn’t normally react to, such as colds and flus or dust mites – even family pets, these are called triggers. When asthma symptoms are triggered the muscles around the wall of the airways tighten, making them narrow. The lining of the airways also swells and sticky mucus is produced, clogging up the already narrowed airways. With the airways narrow and clogged with mucus, it becomes difficult to breathe.

Symptoms of Asthma:

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath

How to control your asthma and keep your asthma attacks from starting:

  1. Take asthma medicines the way the doctor says to take them.
  2. Stay away from things that start your asthma attacks.
  3. Go to the doctor two (2) or three (3) times a year for check-ups. Go even when you feel fine and have no breathing problems.
  4. Know the signs your asthma is getting worse and how to respond.

You can control your asthma!

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