In Bangalore, every 1 in 4 child and 1 in 6 adults are suffering from Asthma. With the continuous increase in pollution levels, cases of asthma have been on the rise among children in the city. According to WHO, World-wide, deaths from this condition have reached over 180,000 annually. India has an estimated 15-20 million people suffering from asthma.
To understand Asthma, let’s understand how the air carrying tube works. People who have asthma have inflamed airways. The inflammation makes the airways swollen and very sensitive.
This narrows the airways, causing less air to flow into the lungs. The swelling also can worsen, making the airways even narrower. Cells in the airways might make more mucus than usual. Mucus is a sticky, thick liquid that can further narrow the airways. This chain reaction can result in asthma symptoms.
- Allergens – mold, pollen, animals, pets
- Irritants – cigarette smoke, air pollution
- Weather – cold air, changes in weather
- Infections – flu, common cold
Children with asthma may experience wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and trouble breathing, especially early in the morning or at night. When asthma symptoms become worse than usual, it is called an asthma attack.
- Frequent cough, especially at night
- Losing breath easily or shortness of breath
- Feeling very tired or weak when exercising
- Wheezing or coughing after exercise
- Feeling tired, easily upset, grouchy, or moody
- Decreases or changes in lung function as measured on a peak flow meter
- Get vaccinated for influenza and pneumonia
- Identify and avoid asthma attack triggers like(If you have asthma)
(Dust, Flowers, Pets, Smoke & aromas in kitchen, Smoking, Anti-Inflammatory drugs, Extreme weather, Extreme emotional arousal, Foods that cause allergies to you)
- Monitor your breathing
- Identify and treat attacks early
- Take your medication as prescribed
- Pay attention to increasing quick-relief inhaler use
Get a checkup for Asthma today and give yourself a healthy hug…!! Stay Aware, Stay Healthy
Source:(Bangalore Stats) http://www.bangaloremirror.com