For the approximately 8% of the U.S. population currently struggling with asthma, striving to breathe Enrollment Form easier every day is no simple task. Here at Noble, our team will provide you with the treatment and care you deserve to help you achieve your goals.
Asthma is a common, chronic (long term) lung disorder that affects adults and children of all ages. It is characterized by repeated episodes of wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing at night or early in the morning, known as exacerbations or attacks. People who have asthma have inflammation or swelling of the airways in the lungs and these airways become very sensitive. This increased sensitivity causes the airways to become even more inflamed when a person breathes in certain substances such as cigarette smoke, fumes from household cleaners, etc. When the airways react, to substances or situations the muscles around them tighten causing the airways to narrow making it difficult to get air through. A thick, sticky mucus may also be produced which could narrow the airway even further.
For some people these attacks can be very severe, and emergency care should be obtained immediately. Signs of a life threatening attack could include these symptoms:
- Feeling as though you are suffocating
- Being so out of breath you can’t sleep
- Your lips and fingernails have turned blue or gray
In children you may also see:
- The child has to stop in mid-sentence or in the middle of playing to catch his or her breath.
- The skin being sucked in between the ribs, at the neck and/or the abdomen is being sucked under the ribs with each breath.
Learning how to prevent an attack begins with understanding the common triggers and risk factors that exist. Some people may find that their symptoms are often initiated by exercise or strenuous activity while others find it more difficult to breathe around known allergens/triggers or when experiencing an infection. If you find your attacks are increasing in number and/or severity, contact your doctor for an evaluation.
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Incidence – The recurrence of respiratory difficulty and decreased breathing function due to lifestyle and naturally occurring triggers.
- About 1 in 12 adults and 1 in 10 children in the U.S. currently have a form of asthma.
- 64% of asthma sufferers currently experience persistent severity in symptoms.
- The population of those people with asthma in the U.S. has grown 15% over the past 10 years alone.
Triggers of Symptoms – Awareness of symptom instigators can drastically assist in minimizing the severity of an attack as well as the likelihood of an attack to occur.
- Allergic reactions to pollen, mold, animal dander, feathers, dust mites, food, etc.
- Strong odors or fumes from things like perfumes, paint, hairspray, pesticides and household cleaners
- Cigarette or wood smoke
- Excitement or stress
- Exposure to cold air or sudden changes in temperature
- Colds and Sinus Infections
Symptom control is crucial in maintaining the quality of life for those with asthma. Both long and short term treatment is available for use when the onset of symptoms cannot be avoided or occurs unexpectedly. At Noble Health Services, our care team can help patients learn how to reduce the frequency and intensity of their symptoms as well as how to self-manage their asthma with proper medication use.