Millions of adults and children suffer from asthma as well as allergies, which often come hand-in-hand. However, when medications to treat asthma come with side effects such as mood swings and depression, it can be a daunting task to understand how to live with asthma and what medications to take.
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) recently reported that approximately 7 to 9 million out of 20 million sufferers of asthma are children.
While many asthma sufferers also suffer from allergies,Guest Posting the two don’t always go hand-in-hand. Asthma commonly begins during childhood and can be continue through to adulthood. However, all individuals are at risk for developing asthma at any age, and, it has been discovered that in boys rather than girls are more likely to suffer from asthma while the reverse is true in adulthood.
According to a USA Today article, approximately 5,300 people die from asthma complications each year and it is the sixth leading cause of chronic disease in America, costing nearly $9.8 billion annually.
Signs and Symptoms of Asthma
Asthma can be considered a serious risk to oneís health if left untreated, however, millions of adults as well as children can live comfortable with asthma as long as appropriate treatment is sought and discussed with a health professional.
Recognizing the signs and symptoms of asthma is the first step in overcoming the disease that can cause death in extreme cases. Symptoms of asthma include:
* coughing, especially during the evenings causing sleep difficulties
when breathing, asthma victims often have wheezing breaths that
may sound as if they are whistling or squeaking
* chest tightness
* shortness of breath as well as struggling to breath
* faster than normal breathing
* very noisy breathing
Additionally, symptoms often vary from individual to individual; some asthma suffers will have severe symptoms while others will only notice a slight to mild discomfort. It is important for a patient of asthma to note several things that a doctor will likely inquire about to better diagnose their asthma. Recording what time of year/season a coughing fit occurs, what causes symptoms to worsen, family history of asthma/allergies, chest colds and which medications alleviate asthma symptoms.
There are an array of treatments for asthma that can be divided into two categories including quick relief and long relief medications. Quick relief medications are commonly prescribed to all asthma sufferers as a rescue medication to halt an asthma attack or asthma symptoms before a condition becomes uncontrollable. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) explains that when an individual suffers from an asthma attack, their airway passage often constricts and closes — using an inhaler can relax the muscles allowing a victim to once again breath normally.
Usually steroids are offered as a long-term relief treatment. Physicians often prescribe long term asthma treatments for those with mild, moderate and severe asthma, according to the NHLBI. Other various types of long-term asthma treatments include:
* long acting and inhaled beta-agonists, which are used with
* corticosteroid medications
* leukotriene modifiers that treats mild persistent asthma and can treat moderate to severe asthma when combined with
* cromolyn and nedocromil
Seeking Help for Asthma Treatment Complications
As more asthma treatments become associated with risky side effects, it can be difficult to determine the best asthma treatment, especially among children. A serious risk among asthma treatments is that of motelukast, also known as Singulair. Singulair, from the manufacturers Merck, was released for public use in 1998. It has most recently been under investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when unusual claims that the drug was causing suicidal thoughts and tendencies among adult and children patients alike. The side effects include