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Asthma Facts

 

  • 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

 

 

 

 

       Symptoms

  • Difficulty of breathing
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Chest Tightness

 

 

Some common “Triggers” that can cause an asthma attack:

  • Dust
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Furry animals
  • Exercise
  • Stress
  • Infection(colds, flu)
  • Changes in weather
  • Cockroach droppings
  • Food allergies

 

 

Preventive measures

  • 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.

 

 

Disclaimer: Insular Health Care, Inc. disclaims any liability or responsibility for the consequences of any actions taken in reliance on the health advisory or safety tips. The health-related materials contained herein are not intended to establish policy, procedure or standard of care.

References:
Image: https://www.vectorstock.com/royalty-free-vector/asthma-icon-vector-17117686 ; www.who.int
http://philchest.org/v3/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/F.-ASTHMA.pdf

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