Asthma can affect the young and the old. It is a condition that can be hereditary and can start at a young age or affect you as you age. An asthma attack can occur at any time, but certain things can also trigger it. Read on for symptoms of asthma and triggers to avoid to prevent an attack.
Some asthma symptoms can mimic that of allergies or even a cold, so if you aren't sure if you have asthma, be sure to make an appointment with your physician if these symptoms are reoccurring or don't go away. Some symptoms include:
- Coughing with wheezing
- Chest tightness
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Anxiety-like symptoms (sweaty, rapid heartbeat)
- Poor circulation
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Short of breath, or difficulty exercising
- Dry mouth (caused by mouth breathing)
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, see a physician for a checkup and thorough exam. Asthma can be treated with breathing treatments or with inhaler treatments. Other ways to help include cool air, which can help open up the airways.
Triggers To Avoid
Certain things can trigger an asthma attack. These are things you should avoid if at all possible. These include:
- Dust. If your home is dusty, the dust may trigger an attack. You may experience an attack while cleaning or just from the settling dust around you.
- Mold. Mold that has accumulated in your home, or that is in your ventilation system can lead to asthma attacks.
- Humidity. Humidity can make it hard to breathe, and if you have asthma, it can be even more difficult.
- Allergens. Other allergens in the environment can lead to asthma attacks.
- Cockroaches. Cockroaches can actually trigger asthma attacks.
- Overwhelming smells. Overwhelming scents can trigger an attack. Avoid burning scented candles, or using plug-ins in your home. Also avoid wearing perfume or other strong scents in healthcare items (deodorant, soaps, face wash, or shaving cream).
- Exercise. Exercise is healthy, but for someone with asthma, it can be harmful. Do low-impact exercise rather than aerobic exercise, but consult your physician before beginning any exercise regimen.
If you can avoid these triggers at all possible, it can help lessen your asthma attacks and lessen how frequently they occur.
Asthma attacks can occur at any time and at any age. If you have an asthma attack, remain calm and use your inhaler. If you don't have an inhaler, slow your breathing down by breathing in your nose and out your mouth. See your physician if you suspect you have asthma or if you have experienced an attack.
For more information on asthma treatment options, contact your local medical office today.