Overview of Asthma
According to ICD9data.com, asthma is defined as:
"A chronic disease in which the bronchial airways in the lungs become narrowed and swollen, making it difficult to breathe."
Put simply, people with asthma have episodes where it becomes really hard to breathe. For a person with asthma, this problem is anything but simple.
Several things could trigger an asthma attack, including highly emotional situations, which makes it imperative for someone to know the symptoms of asthma and the signs of an attack. They also need to know how to remain calm and bring it under control.
The most well known symptoms are shortness of breath and wheezing . Some cases of asthma are quite mild and those individuals never experience what we would normally think of when we think of an asthma attack.
One of the earliest symptoms, especially in children, is a chronic cough which gets worse at night or chronic signs of a cold. Children also tend to tire quickly during play more than other children. One other symptoms seen in the youngest of asthma patients is intermittent rapid breathing.
While mild asthma symptoms shouldn't cause too much disruption in an otherwise healthy individual's life, what we tend to think of when we think of it asthma are the attacks that we see people go through that leave an impression on us and leave us feeling helpless. When someone has a moderate or severe asthma attack, they experience shortness of breath, tightening of the chest muscles or what feels like pressure on the chest.
As mentioned earlier, highly emotional, stressful, or intense situations can cause an asthma attack to be triggered. This is part of what makes bringing an asthma attack under control so hard. When someone can not breathe, it causes them to instinctively panic which intensifies the symptoms of the asthma attack.
Discussing asthma symptoms, treatment and goals as soon as possible, and on a continuing basis after the diagnosis has been made, is your best bet to keep this chronic condition from interfering with your daily life.