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Asthma Symptoms: How To Manage And Cope With Asthma

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Asthma is a disease characterized by periods when the sufferer has a hard time breathing or getting enough oxygen. These periods are referred to as asthma attacks and can be scary and dangerous.

During an asthma attack, the person’s airways become inflamed and swollen, making it harder for air to get through. Shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing and chest tightness are common symptoms of asthma. Because asthma is a disease, there is no cure for it and the symptoms can only be treated.

Asthma can occur occasionally or often and can interfere with a person’s daily routine and quality of life. Many people who have asthma are unable to participate in sports, enjoy certain activities or even sleep well at night.

Inhalers are one of the best and most convenient ways to control asthma. If you use an inhaler, you should always carry it with you. It is never a good idea to share inhalers or use one if you are not having an asthma attack or feel one coming on.

There are also certain things that can trigger asthma attacks that should be avoided. These triggers can vary, but common asthma triggers include certain foods, chemicals, allergens, pets and even certain fabrics.

If you know what triggers your asthma, you can avoid the triggers and reduce your chances of having an asthma attack. Some people have more than one trigger and will have to use trial and error to determine exactly what triggers an asthma attack.

Certain activities can cause asthma attacks as well. Running, jumping, coughing and even getting overly excited or being scared can all cause asthma attacks. If these things can’t be avoided, it is best to try to control your breathing during or after the activity to reduce your chances of having an asthma attack.

Asthma can be frustrating and scary at times, but knowing how to manage and cope with the disease can help you live a better and happier life and have less asthma attacks and symptoms.

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Asthma Symptoms: How To Manage And Cope With Asthma
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