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What Is Asthma

 

Asthma is a disease, caused by hypersensitivity the airways to various stimuli. It is a chronic condition with acute exacerbations. In this country, there are approximately 28 million asthmatics; nearly one third of them (8.6 million) are children under 18 years of age. Asthma can be  life-threatening if not properly managed.

 

Asthma is characterized by excessive sensitivity of the lungs to various stimuli. Asthma breathing problems usually happen in "episodes" or "attacks". An asthma episode is a series of events that result in narrowed airways. These include: swelling of the lining , tighten of muscles, and increased secretion of mucus in the airway. The narrowed airway is responsible for the difficulty in breathing with the familiar "wheeze".

 

Triggers range from viral infection to allergies, to irritating gases and particles in the air. The most common form of asthma is "allergic asthma" so if you have allergies you more than likely have allergic asthma.

 

Each person reacts differently to the factors that may trigger asthma, including some respiratory infections; colds; allergic reactions to pollen, mold, animal dander, feathers, dust food1 and cockroaches; vigorous exercise; exposure to cold air or sudden temperature change; cigarette smoke; excitement, and stress. It is very important you know what your triggers are.


Asthma therapy includes efforts to reduce the underlying inflammation and to relieve or prevent symptomatic airway narrowing. Such efforts should lead to reduction in airway hyper responsiveness and help prevent irreversible airway obstruction
 

The two classes of medications used to treat asthma are bronchodilators and anti-inflammatory agents. 


Mti-inflammatory agents interrupt the development of bronchial inflammation and have a prophylactic or preventive action. They may also modulate or terminate ongoing inflammatory reaction in the airways. These agents include corticosteroids, commonly sodium or commonly-like compounds, and other anti-inflammatory compounds.


Bronchodilators act principally to dilate the airways by relaxing bronchial smooth muscle. They include bet adrenergic agonists, methylxanthines, and anticholinergics


Asthma is the leading serious chronic illness among children. Most children have mild to moderate problems and their illness can be controlled by treatment at home or in the doctor's office. For some children the illness becomes a formidable problem causing numerous visits to the hospital emergency room and multiple hospitalizations

 

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