The Impact Of Asthma On Daily Life

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Asthma is a breathing condition that impacts the lives of millions of people every day. It can be
serious, and it should not be taken lightly. Still, asthma sufferers who make the effort to learn about
their condition have been able to implement different strategies that allow them to manage it. This
article provides you with information on what asthma is, how it can affect you and what you can do
about it.

After an asthma diagnosis, many people begin to wonder what caused their condition. However, the
better question to ask is, "Why does my asthma bother me at certain times but not others?"
Asthmatics respond differently to certain things in the environment that other individuals don't have a
problem with. Known as "triggers," these things are important to learn about because they can be
crucial in developing a plan to help manage asthma.

Triggers can be different for each person. However, both dust mites and pollen are fairly common
triggers, as are colds, the weather and cigarette smoke. Sometimes, it is hard to know what your
triggers are. Keep a journal and make note of how you feel in different situations. You can review
your notes with your doctor, and together, the two of you can come up with a plan to help you reduce
the likelihood of an asthma attack. You may have to change certain things about your lifestyle in order
for your plan to be effective, though; for instance, you may need to stay indoors on a very cold day if
that is a trigger for you. It is important to be committed to managing your asthma so that you can live
a healthy life.

Each person with asthma is unique and may experience difference symptoms as a result of a trigger.
As their airways constrict, asthmatics might have to deal with wheezing, shortness of breath,
coughing and chest pain. The same person can experience different symptoms from one attack to the
next as well. Pay attention to your own symptoms; by recognizing what is happening early on, you
can prevent a serious attack.

When you are first diagnosed with asthma, you and your doctor will create a care plan to help you in
the event that you have an asthma attack. The plan will outline how you should react to the different
symptoms that you may experience. Make sure that you know what you are supposed to do, and
revisit the care plan with your doctor from time to time so that you remain aware of the steps to follow.
Do not be shy about asking questions; that is the only way that you are going to learn.
The information provided in this article has hopefully helped you learn something new about asthma.
Remember, it is possible to manage asthma effectively if you are willing to put a little effort into the
process and change a few things about your lifestyle. Continue learning everything you can about
asthma, and you will find that the condition is not that bad to live with.

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