Health Tips (Part 1): Asthma

Asthma is a common, long term condition.  People with asthma have very sensitive airways; if they breath in something that irritates these airways, they become inflamed and tighten.

The following are some triggers that may lead to an attack (there are many more):

Viral Infections                  Exercise

Pollen  Animals                  Dust Mites

Stress and anxiety             Cigarette smoke

Food

 

 

This can then lead to tightness in the chest, wheeziness and make it hard to breath and speak.[3] For some people climbing stairs can feel like a marathon. Having an asthma attack is extremely frightening as the person struggles to breath. Having had a recent asthma attack myself, I thought I was going to die, I couldn’t explain to my family how I was feeling because I was unable to speak, I was extremely short of breath and I was very scared.

Asthma can be life threatening, and every day three families in the UK lose a family member due to an asthma attack. [1]

There are very good treatments available for Asthma. Receiving the right treatment and taking the medication correctly can control the symptoms of most people so they can live normal lives. [3]

In the UK, 5.4 million people are currently receiving treatment for asthma. This is 1 in 11 children and 1 in 12 adults. [1]

This is equal to 1 in 5 UK homes having someone there with asthma. [2] This leads to the NHS spending £1 billion a year treating and caring for people with asthma. [1]

My next blog will look at asthma and weight loss.

Watch this space!

Reference

1 Asthma UK

2 HMSTC (Hertfordshire MS Therapy Centre)

3 British Lung Foundation

 

Wendy Attew, Senior Moving and Handling Consultant

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