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Can Asthma Be Fatal?

Can Asthma Be Fatal?


Asthma CAN be fatal.

More Info: In the United States, on average more than nine people die every day of asthma. Annually, more than 250,000 worldwide die of asthma. [“Asthma Fast Facts.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

Asthma can be a frightening disease.  When a person cannot breathe properly, the first impulse is to panic.  An asthma attack can last for hours and usually does not subside until some sort of treatment has been employed.  In some cases, if treatment cannot be administered in an appropriate and timely fashion, it can be fatal.

What Happens During an Asthma Attack?

When a person undergoes an asthma attack, the bronchial tubes constrict due to swollen and inflamed tissues that surround them.  When the airflow becomes restricted, a person will cough, wheeze and struggle to breathe.  Early intervention can decrease the severity of an asthma attack.

  What Should You Do During an Asthma Attack?

Home treatments should be used first, such as the use of a hand-held inhaler that has been prescribed to relieve asthma symptoms.  However, if the symptoms do not improve, it can become a life-threatening situation that requires a trip to the emergency room of a local hospital.

What Triggers and Asthma Attack?

Asthma attacks vary widely from patient to patient.  While many attacks are triggered by environmental irritants such as mold, dust mites, pollen, smoke, and pets, an attack can be sparked by exercise, inhaling cold air, contracting a seasonal cold, or by something present in the workplace.

When a person suffers from asthma, it can have a dramatic impact on the quality of their life.  It can also affect the lives of family members and associates in the workplace, school, and social circles.  There is no cure for asthma; however, a good pulmonary physician can manage the disease and reduce the number and severity of asthma attacks, so that a person can live a long and productive life.



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“Asthma: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia.” National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 May 2012.

“Asthma.” American Lung Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 May 2012. .


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