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What is Asthma?

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a medical condition that causes your airways to narrow and swell which leads to extra mucus being produced. This can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.

Although Asthma can’t be cured, its symptoms can be controlled. Because asthma often changes over time, it’s important that you stay in regular contact with your doctor to track your signs and symptoms to adjust treatment as necessary. For most asthma sufferers, conditions can be managed with treatments to prevent it having too much of an impact on your daily life. For other people, it can be a major problem that interferes with daily activities and can lead to life-threatening asthma attacks.

What are the Symptoms of Asthma?

Asthma symptoms vary from person to person. You may have infrequent asthma attacks, have symptoms only at certain times – such as when exercising – or have symptoms all the time.

The main symptoms of asthma are:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Coughing and wheezing
  • A whistling sound when you exhale
  • Coughing or wheezing attacks that are worsened by a respiratory virus, such as a cold or the flu

More serious symptoms of asthma include:

  • Symptoms that are more frequent and bothersome (that may prevent you from carrying out daily activites)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • The need to use your inhaler more regularly

When are you likely to experience symptoms?

If you have asthma, your symptoms are more likely to get worse in the following situations:

  • Exercise-induced asthma, which may be worse when the air is cold and dry
  • Occupational asthma, triggered by workplace irritants such as chemical fumes, gases or dust
  • Allergy-induced asthma, triggered by airborne substances, such as pollen, particles of skin and dried saliva shed by pets (pet dander)

When Should I See a Doctor?

It is important that you see a doctor if you have symptoms of asthma as severe asthma attacks can be life-threatening. Work with your doctor to determine what to do when your signs and symptoms worsen – and when you need emergency treatment. Signs of an asthma emergency include:

  • Rapid worsening of shortness of breath or wheezing
  • No improvement even after using a quick-relief inhaler
  • Shortness of breath when you are doing minimal physical activity

Where do I get Prescriptions during the Coronavirus Pandemic?

We hope that these tips have provided you with some insights on how to stay fit and healthy during the pandemic.  Of course, it is equally as important to look after your mental health as well as physical health – we will be writing o

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