Asthma – what is it?
Our airways comprise of tubes that help in the transportation of oxygenated blood into the lungs and deoxygenated blood out of the lungs. In an Asthma sufferer, these tubes become inflamed. When these tubes become inflamed they are narrowed and make breathing difficult.
What causes asthma?
There is no particular cause of Asthma. Common triggers such as dust, cigarette smoke, strong fragrances, colds, flu, pollen, sinus infections, mould, animal fur and strong chemicals can result in an asthma attack.
What age can a child suffer from asthma?
While a child can suffer from Asthma at any age, it is most common for symptoms to present from the age of five. Asthma is diagnosed through lung function tests which involve taking a deep breath and blowing out as fast as possible.
Is asthma dangerous?
In some cases, an Asthma attack can be quite severe for the child. If you notice these dangerous warning signs immediately rush your child to see a doctor: persistent coughing and vomiting, always wanting to sleep, trouble speaking, blue lips or the skin drawing in on the neck and chest when breathing.
Should more be done to prevent kids from developing this condition?
There is no one way to prevent Asthma, however parents can take measures to prevent the onset of an attack. Installing an air filter at home can help purify the air and help with your child’s breathing. Similarly, keep children away from barbecues, wood fires and ask people not to smoke around the house.
How many people suffer from asthma in the uae?
Around 14 percent of the population suffers from asthma, with Emiratis 4.2 times more likely than expatriates to suffer from asthma, and women 1.8 times more likely than men.
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