Asthma chronic disease of the airways

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease of the airways that makes breathing difficult asthma can also be looked as a chronic lung disorder that is marked by recurring episodes of airway obstruction (as from bronchospasm) manifested by labored breathing accompanied especially by wheezing and coughing and by a sense of constriction in the chest, and that is triggered by hyperreactivity to various stimuli (such as allergens or rapid change in air temperature in more simple words asthma is a " lung disorder that causes periods of wheezing, coughing, and difficulty with breathing".

In the following image you could see what a normal airway looks like and how a airway looks like during the Asthma Symptoms.

who or how can someone get Asthma?

Most children first present symptoms around 5 years of age, generally beginning as frequent episodes of wheezing with respiratory infections including having allergies or the allergic skin condition eczema (a medical condition in which patches of skin become rough and inflamed, with blisters that cause itching and bleeding, sometimes resulting from a reaction to irritation). Asthma can be transmitted from your parents.

When was Asthma discovered?

The earliest of medical record references on respiratory complications was found in China in 2400 BC. The history of the discovery of asthma as an acute respiratory disorder came to light in 400 BC. Ancient Greeks had at least briefly studied asthma under Hippocrates in the 4th Century B.C. In fact, the word 'asthma' is Greek in origin.

How to deal with Asthma

  1. Have an action plan in place. ...
  2. Avoid your asthma attack triggers. ...
  3. Get the inhaler prescribed by your physician. ...
  4. Use a MDI. ...
  5. Use a DPI. ...
  6. Recognize an asthma emergency. ...
  7. Rest while awaiting emergency personnel.

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