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Stop Asthma In Its Tracks

Stop Asthma In Its Tracks

What is asthma?

It’s estimated that 300 million people worldwide suffer from asthma. Asthma is a chronic lung condition characterised by recurrent breathing problems and symptoms such as breathlessness, wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing. During normal breathing, air flows freely into and out of the lungs. But when asthma is not under control, the airways of the lungs are thick, swollen, and inflamed.

Symptoms

Symptoms vary from hour to hour, from day to day and over months. They are often worse at night and in the early hours of the morning. The severity of asthma can vary depending on the individual. When symptoms get significantly worse an asthma attack can occur. Identifiers include:

• Feeling out of breath or needing to gasp

• Wheezing - a whistling sound as you breathe

• A tight chest like a band tightening around it

• Coughing particularly at night and early morning

Treatment

Although asthma cannot be cured, it can be effectively treated. Research shows that with proper measures, nearly all patients can achieve good control over the condition and lead a healthy and active life. There are two types of medications normally given: controller medications (anti-inflammatory agents such as inhaled corticosteroids) that can be taken daily and reliever medications (rapid-acting bronchodilators) to treat attacks or provide quick relief of symptoms.

Controlling Asthma

Allersafe offers a wide range of products designed to make controlling asthma easy. Our Anti-Allergy Bedding Bundles are specifically engineered to provide a higher level of protection with an anti-allergy filling that prevents the growth of dust mites and other allergens; allowing you to sleep more easily.

We also have a full range of air filters, sprays and products designed to protect you wherever you are - at home, at work, or out and about.

Air filters are excellent for removing dust and other allergens from the air, which is particularly essential for asthmatics. These should be placed in the rooms of the home that you spend the most time, such as the bedroom.

Clutter and soft furnishings (such as cushions and cuddly toys etc.), can be the perfect location for dust allergens to settle. Try and minimise the amount scattered around your home, and what remains can be protected with our range of protective sprays.

Sport and Asthma

Many people think that asthmatics are unable to take part in active sport however this isn’t true. Being active is very important as muscles in the lungs strength with exercise and work better helping to alleviate breathing difficulties. With the correct training and medicine, no sports should be off limits. Some well-known sportspeople with asthma are Paula Radcliffe and Justine Henin.