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Adult Asthma

Asthma for adults is also a chronic condition that can be debilitating, and even fatal, as it progresses. In addition, the symptoms are more persistent and potent at this stage compared with the ones found in children. Specifically, it is called adult-onset asthma, meaning this condition was triggered later in life. It usually begins in late adulthood when the immune system and body are far weaker. If not treated, however, adult-onset asthma could result in severe respiratory conditions, which could put a person’s life at risk.

Causes

Adult-onset asthma can occur for several reasons. The most common reason is through allergic reactions in which the body has an undesirable reaction when in contact with a certain material. For example, people who are allergic to cat fur and continue to have contact with this pet are more likely to develop asthma.

Another reason is gender in which women are more likely to develop the condition because of constant hormonal changes. Other causes include overall health and those who have weaker immune systems, heavier weight or even a frail build. Finally, overexposure to harmful substances like smoke and pollution can result in a weaker respiratory system and development of the disease.

Treatment

The treatment methods offered to adults are similar to the ones for children, except for a few differences. Because the symptoms are more persistent at this stage, a cured individual would have to take several medications to prevent the disease from returning. However, the basic treatment remains the same: Treat the symptoms and lessen the effects the moment an asthma attack occurs.

Inhalers are used to help a person breathe properly and prevent the worsening effects of the asthma attack. This result is accomplished by making the inflamed airways relaxed and opening them for proper airflow. Medications are used to help people with asthma, depending on how it is triggered. For psychologically triggered asthma, medications help some relax. In the case of allergy-related asthma, medications are designed to strengthen the person’s immune system and lessen the effects of the allergy.

When the asthma has developed into a stronger and far more potent disease, these medications can be used for relief and to strengthen the body. Medications are also designed to prevent the return of the asthma once the person is cured of the disease.

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