“Hale Road Medical aims to provide comprehensive and cutting-edge allergy and asthma treatment in Perth. We are committed to providing the highest level of patient care to effectively manage & treat Asthma and problems associated with it.”

Asthma is a chronic condition that affects the airways, thereby making them swollen or inflamed. Those with Asthma produce whistling sounds and often face breathing difficulties You become extra sensitive to things when exposed to the environment every day. Cold weather or particles including dust, chemicals, smoke, and dander are some Asthma triggers. Individuals of every age group have Asthma. As the lungs start developing these symptoms will go away. As you age, you may notice the symptoms of Asthma for the first time. Australia has been facing more fatalities due to Asthma and almost 421 deaths were recorded in the year 2019. Australians spend $1.2 billion on hospital bills and medicines. One has to bear productivity costs, dead weight losses, and the total burden of diseases that estimate approximately $28 billion.

Symptoms of Asthma

Asthma is a condition that persists for a long time. It is inflammation and narrowing taking place inside the lungs. The air supply becomes restricted during Asthma. Patient with Asthma may experience the following things:
  • Tightness in chest
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in chest
  • Breathlessness
  • Coughing
  • Increased Mucus production.
These symptoms become so severe that they give rise to Asthma attacks. Get proper Asthma attack treatment from GP at Hale Road Medical to prevent it from being life-threatening at later stages.

Swelling in the lungs makes Oxygen entry difficult to the bloodstream or other vital organs. Seek immediate medical attention if the symptoms of Asthma become severe.

Types of Asthma

Asthma occurs in different ways and due to different reasons. Asthma triggers often stay the same. Let us go through the ins and outs of the types of Asthma an individual battles with :
  • Childhood Asthma: Children are more likely to develop chronic Asthma. It occurs at any age and is slightly more observed in children compared to adults. Following is the list of the common childhood triggers due to Asthma:
  1. Respiratory colds and infections
  2. Cigarette smoking or due to passive smoking
  3. Exposure to cold air
  4. Sudden temperature changes
  5. Allergens
  6. Stress
  7. Workouts
Asthma specialists in Perth can perform proper diagnosis and develop suitable Asthma treatment based on the condition.
  • Adult-Onset Asthma: Asthma takes place at any age during adulthood. You may notice the following risk factors during Asthma:
  1. Respiratory Illness
  2. Allergies and exposure to allergens.
  3. Obesity
  4. Smoking
  5. Stress
Fatalities due to Adult-Onset Asthma attacks are rare and mainly take place in adults above 65 years.
  • Occupational Asthma: At times, the workplace is occupied by irritants or pollution. A complete list of occupations giving rise to Chronic Asthma has been compiled as follows:
  1. Car Manufacturing and Repair.
  2. Engineering and Metalwork industry.
  3. Hairdressing salons.
  4. Indoor pools.
  5. Electronics and assembly industry.
Occupational Asthma brings back childhood Asthma or Adult-Onset Asthma.
  • Chronic or Severe Asthma: According to 2017-18, almost 2.7 million individuals have severe Asthma. Asthma is not the prominent reason for the severity. Many of them don’t know how to use the inhaler properly.
  • Refractory Asthma: In this condition, Asthma stops responding to higher-doses of medications or inhalers.
  • Seasonal Asthma: Allergens present in the environment give rise to seasonal Asthma. Serious Asthma persists for the entire year, but those having it don’t experience any symptoms.

Causes and Triggers

  • Pregnancy: According to studies, your Fetus is likely to develop Asthma if you start smoking during pregnancy. If a woman smokes during pregnancy, she may develop its symptoms.
  • Obesity: People with higher levels of Obesity have Asthma than those without it. This information was mentioned in the article, which was published in 2014. Those who lost weight during Asthma saw significant improvements in their condition.
  • Allergies: Your body produces allergic reactions every time you come in contact with a substance. Young adults who have Asthma are sensitive to almost one allergen.
  • Smoking Tobacco: Cigarette smoking triggers symptoms of Asthma. Asthma takes place in non-smokers and damages their lungs. The severity of these symptoms results in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease(COPD).
  • Stress: Stress, along with other emotions, triggers Asthma. Mental health conditions, such as depression is another leading cause of Asthma. Long term stress results in Epigenetic changes causing Asthma.
  • Genetics: At times, Asthma passes from generations to generations. In some cases, it is an outcome of Epigenetic changes while in others, it is due to the environmental factors.
  • Hormonal Factors: Hormonal changes is another primary reason due to which Asthma takes place. Menstruation period makes Asthma worse. An improvement in the Asthma symptoms has been observed during Menopause.
How do We help? Our Asthma specialists from Perth take the following steps before framing treatment plans to cope up with Asthma: Assessment
  • Continuous patient assessment and checking the response to the treatment.
  • Early identification and aggressive treatments are important to prevent the condition from worsening.
  • Wheezing doesn’t indicate the severity of the condition.
Examinations
  • Pulse and respiratory rate, temperature, and Oxygen Saturations are monitored.
  • Mental status, including lethargy and drowsiness.
  • Checking viral upper or lower respiratory tract infection.
  • Tests on uneven air entry due to Mucus plugging.

There is no cure for Asthma but an effective treatment and management plan from Asthma Specialist Perth can lead to a normal and productive life. If you or your loved one has been struggling with allergies or severe Asthma, don’t hesitate to get in touch with doctors at Hale Road Medical today.