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Bronchial Asthma | Is there a difference in types of Asthma

Some people may still refer to asthma as "bronchial asthma" but is there a difference?

The following will discuss the answer to that frequently asked question.

Most doctors say there is no major difference between asthma and bronchial asthma.

Bronchial asthma is a condition where the bronchial tubes are inflamed, causing breathing to be constricted and difficult. Most patients who suffer with bronchial asthma have "symptom free" periods punctuated by attacks, with wheezing and shortness of breath.

Other patients with bronchial asthma find the primary symptom is coughing, especially after physical exertion.

Bronchial asthma patients can have very mild symptoms for years, or they may have very severe symptoms.

An asthma attack can be deadly, and the increased rate of fatal asthma attacks in otherwise healthy young students has become alarming.

Cases of bronchial asthma have increased tremendously over the past quarter of a century. Statistics show that bronchial asthma has increased from an average of less than three percent of the population, to nearly eight percent of the population.

The majority of new patients who have been diagnosed with bronchial asthma were shown to be living in the inner city, where environmental conditions increase exposure to common asthma triggers and allergens, including dust mites, cockroaches, and second hand smoke.

Doctors are now managing cases of bronchial asthma by providing a plan that consists of five parts:

  • rescue medication
  • preventative medication
  • education
  • environmental management
  • daily monitoring

Rescue medication is usually administered in the form of an asthma inhaler that can be used immediately at the onset of an Asthma Attack.

Most commonly, the asthma inhaler contains a bronchodoliator, a medicine used to relax the muscles surrounding the bronchial tubes.

Certain cases of bronchial asthma should be treated with rescue medication, as well as for emergency rescue use.

Preventative medication is often prescribed by oral or inhaled corticosteroids. This type of treatment is of no use during an acute attack, but is administered to help prevent an acute attack.

When bronchodiators are prescribed with steroid inhalers, the results should be opened bronchial passages so that the steroid can make its way easily into the lungs.

Environmental management involves changing the environment around you to better control the air borne allergens which can cause the asthma.

This can include tasks like removing carpets, purifying the air, forbidding smoking in the house, and not keeping pets in the house.

Monitoring your asthma is a very important part of maintaining good health. In certain cases, doctors will prescribe a peak flow meter to asthma patients, to measure their breathing ability on a daily basis.

Even without the aid of a peak flow meter, you can easily monitor your breathing by keeping note of how many times you need to use your asthma inhaler.