What is Asthma?
Asthma is a chronic disease affecting the airways of the lung. This disease commonly begins at childhood although it can affect people at any age. People that are affected by asthma experience recurrent and flare-ups where the airways are narrowing and inflamed. Symptoms during a flare-up include wheezing, breathlessness, coughing and chest tightness.
What causes Asthma?
The cause of asthma is not well understood although it The actual cause and pathology behind asthma is not well-understood although it is thought to be triggers by inflammation, airway narrowing and mucous secretions. It is believed that flare ups are triggered by a stimuli or allergen. For example; pet hair, pollen, chemicals and dust. Medication such as a ‘puffer’ can be used to reduced effects of a flare up.
How do I know if I have asthma?
From the information above, when experiencing an asthma attack the most common symptoms are wheezing, breathlessness, coughing and chest tightness. Your GP will be able to help diagnose this disease by performing a range of breathing tests to try to determine if you have asthma and how severe it is. If you have a severe case of asthma your GP may refer you to a specialist medical doctor for assessment and treatment. Since Asthma has no cure the treatment will focus on managing your condition whilst reducing any flare ups, a puffer is the most common treatment for this disease which can be prescribed by your GP.
When having a asthma attack Asthma Australia recommends to stop and rest, sit upright in a chair, and take four puffs of your asthma medication, with a spacer if you have one. If the symptoms are not relieved after four minutes, take the puffer four times again. If there is still no improvement, call 0-0-0.
How does Exercise help with asthma?
Regular aerobic exercise improves asthma symptom management, lung function, and mental health. As well as improving your endurance and the many other benefits that exercise has; improved strength, improved balance, decreased risk of injury and many many more.
An Exercise Physiologist will assess your current level of fitness and tailor an individual program to help you achieve your health and fitness goals, taking into consideration asthma and any other conditions that you have.
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