What is Asthma?
Asthma is technically defined as a condition in which a person’s airways (the passages through which air necessary to live passes) become inflamed, and thus narrow, and swell, producing extra mucus. This is quite a common condition in India, and fortunately, a very treatable one as well.
Dr. Gokhale, Lung Specialist in Hyderabad, explains to us the various asthma symptoms, asthma causes and risk factors, and other related information.
What are the symptoms for asthma?
The most common asthma symptoms include dry, mild or severe cough, difficulty breathing through the nose, wheezing, shortness of breath, fast breathing, frequent respiratory infections and difficulty breathing during the night. It is very important to recognize the asthma symptoms and treatment for the same.
What are the causes for asthma?
There are many reasons behind asthma causes and risk factors. Dr. Gokhale is a highly rated Lung Treatment Specialist in Telangana, and tells us that
- Genetics, allergies, respiratory infections and the incorrect environment could cause asthma in people. If the cause is genetic, there is little one can do – if your mother or father have asthma, you have a very high probability of having it too.
- This apart, extremely cold air, mold, dust mites, smoke, strong emotions and frequent stress, and reactions to certain medications can also cause asthma.
However, this is a continuously researched field and there is no industry standard as to what exactly causes asthma in some people and what doesn’t cause it in others. The causes and risk factors mentioned here, however, are the most common.
What are risk factors for asthma?
Risk factors for asthma include the incorrect environment cause mentioned above. As a matter of fact, the most common risk factors include:
- A combination of genetics and exposure to certain elements in the environment, like allergens, irritants, or viral infections during infancy.
- Exposure to chemicals and a large amount of dust has also been found to cause asthma in people.