- Asthma is a chronic inflammatory condition which affects the size and shape of the airways causing breathing difficulties.
- It is the most common noncommunicable disease among children. Most deaths occur in older adults.
- The strongest risk factors for developing asthma are inhaled substances and particles that may provoke allergic reactions or irritate the airways.
- The 2014 Global Asthma Report said about 300 million people around the world are affected by asthma. In the Philippines, approximately 11 million or 1 out of 10 Filipinos are suffering from asthma. Ninety-eight percent of Filipino asthma patients reportedly lack proper treatment.
Asthma Airway in an attack
- Smooth muscles contract
- Lining and walls become swollen and thicken
- Excessive mucus produced
- Difficulty of breathing
- Chest Tightness
Some common “Triggers” that can cause an asthma attack:
- Tobacco smoke
- Furry animals
- Infection(colds, flu)
- Changes in weather
- Cockroach droppings
- Food allergies
- Regular check-ups with the doctor and take medications as advised.
- Stop smoking.
- Get annual flu shots.
- Learn what triggers your asthma and avoid them.
Seek immediate medical attention if the following symptoms are observed – trouble breathing, walking or talking, or having blue lips or fingernails.
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