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Asthma has emerged as a major public health problem in the United States over the past 20 years. Currently, nearly 8.3% of Americans have asthma. Of these 26.5 million, 20.4 million are adults and 6.1 million are children. The condition affects men and women equally. Asthma causes over 14 million visits to doctors each year and nearly 2 million emergency room visits. And, tragically, asthma can kill. Most people who die from asthma are over age 50, but children sometimes die of the condition.
When you are having a problem with asthma, you may feel like you are breathing through a straw because it is hard to move air through your narrowed airways. Cough is often a first symptom of an asthma problem. Cough most often occurs at night or early in the morning. While asthma is a chronic disease, you may not have symptoms every day. You may have days with cough, wheeze and/or shortness of breath and other days when you feel completely fine. If you have symptoms often and/ or they are interfering. Your airways are more sensitive than normal. Your airways can get irritated easily when exposed to a variety of things, called triggers. Exposure to triggers can lead to both muscle spasm and inflammation/swelling described above. Sometimes asthma symptoms occur right away after you are exposed. Sometimes your symptoms may occur hours later. You have to be a detective and think about what may be around you that can trigger your asthma. Knowing and avoiding your triggers can help with asthma control. There may be some triggers that you cannot avoid or control and may need treatment to keep them from causing asthma symptoms. Some common triggers of asthma include allergies, respiratory infections, stress, exercise, and medications.
Asthma can develop at any age. However, asthma does tend to start in children ages 2-6. At this age, asthma is commonly triggered by allergens such as dust mites, tobacco smoke, and dust mites. In young children, asthma may first be diagnosed as reactive airway disease. Adults can also develop asthma, and only about 30% of adult-onset asthma triggers are related to allergies. Risk factors for adult-onset asthma include being female, obesity, hormonal fluctuations such as those experienced during or after pregnancy or menopause, and viral or other infections.
Asthma medications are classified as either for long-term control, or quick relief. Most are inhaled rather than taken in tablet or liquid form, to act directly on the airways where the breathing problems start. Many people with asthma need to take long-term control medications daily, even when they don’t have symptoms. There are several types of long-term control medications, including the following.
These anti-inflammatory drugs are the most effective and commonly used long-term control medications for asthma. They reduce swelling and tightening in your airways. You may need to use these medications for several months before you get their maximum benefit. Inhaled corticosteroids include: Fluticasone (Flovent HFA), Budesonide (Pulmicort Flexhaler), Mometasone (Asmanex Twisthaler), Beclomethasone (Qvar RediHaler) and Ciclesonide (Alvesco).
These medications block the effects of leukotrienes, immune system chemicals that cause asthma symptoms. Leukotriene modifiers can help prevent symptoms for up to 24 hours. Examples include: Montelukast (Singulair), Zafirlukast (Accolate), Zileuton (Zyflo)
These asthma medications open the lungs by relaxing airway muscles. Often called rescue medications, they can ease worsening symptoms or stop an asthma attack in progress. They begin working within minutes and are effective for four to six hours. They’re not for daily use. Some people use a quick-relief inhaler before exercise to help prevent shortness of breath and other asthma symptoms. Possible side effects include jitteriness and palpitations. Quick-relief medications include: Albuterol (ProAir HFA, Ventolin HFA, others) and Levalbuterol (Xopenex HFA).
Tracking symptoms and side effects and adjusting your treatment accordingly is key to keeping your asthma symptoms under control. With your doctor or other health care providers, write a detailed plan for taking long-term control medications and for managing an asthma attack. Then follow your plan. Know when to adjust your medications, when to see your doctor and how to recognize an asthma emergency. Even if you feel well, take your medications as prescribed and track your symptoms until you talk to your doctor.
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