Learning To Fight Back: Struggling With Asthma
Among the many diseases, variety of sicknesses, and masses of mutation-bound viruses, asthma is still one that is seen much more than average and is growing. There is plenty of speculation as to why this is, but a lot of the blame seems to fall to pollutants and other nasty chemicals that find themselves in our air, water, and the very rooms in which we live and sleep. Luckily, just as the disease advances, so do our methods and medical treatments for dealing with it. No longer must people worry about a life of non-managed symptoms and life can go on in a normal fashion.
Asthma isn't pretty and its causes are really hard to pinpoint thus a cure or remedy can be equally perplexing. In a brute sweep of the concept it causes the airway to tighten and swell, inducing what is known as an asthma attack. These attacks can be quick and sudden, or long and deadly it all depends on the severity of the case and the health of the patient.
If we know that the big factor in the disease is this defining moment of the asthma attack, scientists can begin putting their focus into finding what triggers them and developing a resolution. While this is a little more confined than attacking the disease as a whole, there are still a lot of causes that can stem from anything as small as a simple dust particle, up to ingesting foods containing serious allergens specific to an individual case.
However, it's not all doom and gloom for asthma patients. As it turns out, even with different underlying causes, one treatment for asthma tends to benefit the majority of sufferers. For example, the classic inhaler is a sudden breath of albuterol that relaxes the trachea and allows quick relief during an asthma attack often regardless of cause. Unfortunately, it doesn't help the overall longevity of the disease, but can be a life-saver in those sudden moments.
The golden key comes down to maintaining a home that is friendly to the asthma-sufferer and in laymen's terms, clean is friendly. All of the dust, debris, hairs, and fibers that can be pushed away, the better. Vacuum constantly, smoke in areas where the patient won't visit, and keep the home free of animals or critters. It can be a lot of extra work maintaining an asthma-friendly environment, but it can often be the best relief imaginable.
With or without the relief of an inhaler, an attack should immediately be followed by a visit to the hospital. The attack could have caused more permanent damage within the patient to the heart, lungs, or brain. As long as relief was applied quickly, the chances are slim to none, but still a looming possibility. While there, don't be afraid to query the doctor about any new breakthroughs in the field.
Yes, asthma can scare us all and take lives in an instant, but it is also something we can learn to monitor, predict, control, and cure. With an active group of friends and family that are helping to maintain an asthma-friendly life, there's nothing to stop the patient from living a normal, healthy existence.