When to take adult asthma seriously

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It is sad to note that the warning indications of adult asthma are hard to spot. Asthma not only affects children since even adults can develop this lung condition. In most cases, the symptoms progress up to adulthood, oftentimes without the classic symptoms such as shortness of breath and wheezing.

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Symptoms such as nagging cough, chest pain and sleeping issues are considered as red flags that have been missed out during assessment.

Asthma is one of the reasons why many end up in the emergency department yearly. Proper control of asthma with a suitable medication plan and a healthy lifestyle can greatly help.

Potential triggers of adult asthma

Irritants such as cigarette smoke and airborne chemicals such as air fresheners and oil fragrances can trigger adult asthma. Lung infections involving inflammation such as pneumonia or chronic sinus conditions along with factors not linked to the lungs including being overweight, emotional stress and chronic sinus issues are also triggers. In addition, women are more likely to develop the condition than men.

Adult asthma
Asthma is one of the reasons why many end up in the emergency department yearly.

Diagnosis

The age-related muscle loss that starts in the 30s can also affect the lung muscles. This results to weakening that leads to gradual decrease in the lung power.

Straining while breathing after a walk around the block, performing simple chores during cold weather or when around pets, dust, pollen or fumes might seem part of the aging process, but it can actually mask asthma. It is also the same for breathing issues that can wake an individual at night time.

Management

If an individual has been diagnosed with adult asthma, it is recommended to work with a doctor to create an action plan. Due to some reason, adults are more likely to become lax in controlling the condition.

Some do not use their medications as instructed by the doctor, thus increasing the risk for severe asthma attacks and unexpected trips to the emergency department. It is vital that the individual knows which medications to use including for daily control and emergency drugs.

A healthy diet and regular exercise can also help. A diet packed with vegetables and fruits, whole grains and omega-3 fatty acids boosts the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory defenses that keep the lungs strong.  It is important to take a daily, 30-minute walk as well.

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