Simply defined, asthma is a medical condition which affects the airways in some people. These airways are tubes which help us transport oxygen into and out of the lungs. Breathlessness and wheezing are a couple of the symptoms of asthma. These symptoms differ in severity from person to person. Some people may suffer symptoms several times a week, or in worse cases several times a day. Asthma can be at its worst during physical activity, when it's cold, or at night. An asthma attack is caused when the lining of the bronchial tubes swells up. This then causes the airways to narrow which results in a reduction of air flow into and out of the lungs. Recurrent asthma symptoms frequently cause sleeplessness, daytime fatigue, reduced activity levels and school and work absenteeism.
- Asthma is a disease which affects the way we breathe. The condition is a chronic one and affects the tubes that go to and leave the lungs.
- Over 200 million people suffer from the condition and it is prevalent among children.
- Countries that have low to middle income are the countries that have the highest rate of asthma related deaths.
- The biggest contributors to asthma are inhaled substances and particles that cause allergic reactions which lead to irritation of the airways.
- Asthma can be controlled by using suitable medication. The severity of asthma can also be reduced by staying away from known asthma triggers.
- People can still enjoy a good quality of life if they manage their condition appropriately.
Asthma is a disease which cannot be cured. However, proper management of the disease can control it and enable you to live a good quality of life. Some symptoms can be relieved by using short term medication. However, anyone suffering from severe asthma symptoms must take long term medication on a daily basis to control exacerbation of the condition. It isn't just medication that controls asthma. You have to be vigilant at avoiding asthma triggers and anything that will cause the airways to swell. Creating a personal action plan in conjunction with your asthma nurse or GP will help you manage your asthma. It should include details about your medicine and emergency information but it could also include details of your POWERbreathe inspiratory muscle training plan. Because POWERbreathe is drug-free and has no side-effects or drug interactions, POWERbreathe inspiratory muscle training will complement your prescribed asthma medicine, but we would recommend you speak to your medical practitioner before starting any exercise training plan. Read more about exercise-induced asthma and managing your shortness of breath with breathing training.