FAQs on ASTHMA

1) Who is likely to be more prone to asthma? 

You may be prone to asthma if you 

  • Have asthmatics in the family
  • Live in urban areas
  • Are exposed to second hand smoke
  • Had a low birth weight
  • Have other health problem
  • Are exposed to irritants at work

2) Can asthma be cured and is it fatal?

Asthma is a chronic disease that cannot be cured. However, with daily care it can be controlled. Deaths from asthma are rare and usually preventable. They are usually caused by a lack of medical care and education and improper use of medicines.

Asthma ordinarily causes no permanent lung damage. When asthma is controlled, the condition of your lungs returns to normal. So, it is important that you take care of yourself and see your doctor on a regular basis so an asthma control plan can be developed for you and followed by you. Once you have a plan, you will only need to spend a few minutes each day to monitor and control your disease.

3) Will I ever be able to play sports or even walk long distances again?

Exercise, proper diet and adequate sleep are important in living a healthy life for all of us. If you keep your asthma under control, you will be able to perform most of your usual activities and exercises.

4) What are some asthma triggers?

 If you have asthma, it is important to be aware of things in your environment that tend to make asthma worse. These factors or triggers vary from person to person and can include:

  1. Allergens
  2. Tobacco smoke – both active and passive can trigger asthma
  3. Exercise
  4. Cold air, wind, rain and sudden changes in the weather
  5. Paint fumes, smog, aerosol sprays and perfume
  6. Upper respiratory infections
  7. Some medications
  8. Each case of asthma is unique: If you have asthma, it is important to keep track of the factors that you know trigger asthma episodes.
5) What are the Dos and Don'ts for an asthmatic? 

DOs of Asthma:

  • Follow a regular sleep cycle
  • Make it a point to exercise (consult your doctor)
  • Take morning walks, try yogasanas, especially pranayama
  • Eata light and early dinner
  • Keep your surroundings, especially the bedroom, clean and dust-free
  • Take your medicines regularly as directed by your doctor

DON'Ts of Asthma:

  • Strictly avoid smoking and drinking
  • Do not take medication without your doctor's consent
  • Do not overeat
  • Avoid pets and flowers in your house as much as possible
  • Avoid rugs or carpets in your Bedroom

SOURCE: Based on an article by Dr. Pradyut Waghray