Asthma is a painful, long term inflammatory disease of the
airways of the lungs. It was recognized in ancient Egypt and the
word asthma is a Greek word, which means panting.
A person suffering from asthma seems to be panting for breath
and hence the name. The regular symptoms of asthma include
wheezing, severe coughing, chest tightness and shortness of
The general causes of asthma are air pollution and the existence
of allergens like cockroaches, spiders, dust mites and rodents.
Having pets at home and not keeping them clean also leads to the
risk of asthma because pet dander is very injurious to health.
Our ancestors consider asthma to be hereditary. Science has also
proven that asthma can be genetic, though not in all cases.
Certain hormonal changes and medicines like aspirin and beta
blockers can also cause asthma. Too much of exercise in cold air is
also not good for people who have a history of asthma.
This article helps you to understand the warning signs and
symptoms of asthma.
Tightening Of Airways:
When the muscles around your airways tighten, a person is prone
to have an asthma attack. Asthma is characterized by inflammation
of the bronchial tubes with increased production of a sticky
secretion inside the tubes. People with asthma, usually experience
symptoms when the airways tighten, inflame or are filled with
Severe wheezing when either breathing in or breathing out can be
a symptom of asthma attack. Very rapid breathing with the tightness
and pressure on the chest is also a warning sign of asthma attack.
Sometimes you can find a person coughing which seems not to stop at
all. This can also indicate that he is undergoing an asthma
Pale & Sweaty Face:
A pale and sweaty face with the feeling of anxiety or panic is
yet another symptom. Sometimes you can feel that you suddenly have
difficulty in speaking. This is nothing but a warning sign that you
might get an attack of asthma. When you are prone to get a severe
attack of asthma, your lips and fingernails could turn blue.
Sometimes, you see any of the above symptoms and take
appropriate medication but the symptoms seem to worsen instead of
providing relief to you. This helps you to be certain that you are
about to get a severe asthma attack.
Symptoms Of Asthma:
Asthma symptoms vary from person to person. You might not have
all these symptoms at the same time. Also, you might face different
symptoms during different times of asthma attacks. Sometimes it
might be just a mild attack and another time you may be severely
attacked by asthma. Furthermore, some people are found to get
asthma only during strenuous physical exercise whereas there are
others who get asthma only when they have a cold or flu.
Mild asthma attacks are common among many people. Usually, in
such cases the airways open up within a time frame of a few minutes
to a few hours after a treatment is given. Even for such mild
asthma attacks, it is important that you recognize appropriately
and ensure proper treatment is given.
Severe Asthma Attack:
In some cases, asthma attacks are not very usual; however, when
the person gets the attack, it is very severe and needs immediate
medical attention. Such attacks last for a very long duration and
the person who has this attack suffers a lot.
People say there is no permanent cure for asthma. However, our
ancient Ayurveda has a of lot naturally available herbs that can
treat asthma. One best cure could be the regular practice of yoga.
Simple and easy yoga postures if done regularly can help you get
rid of this painful disease over a period of time.
Story first published: Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 11:30 [IST]