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Oxygen For Asthma

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What is asthma?

Asthma is a condition that affects airways in the lungs. Airways are tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs and they can become inflamed and narrowed, and produce extra mucus. This makes breathing difficult as it is harder for air to flow out of your airways when you breathe resulting in shortness of breath.

While asthma may just be a mere inconvenience for some people, for many others, asthma proves to be a life-threatening condition that can affect the quality of their lives majorly.

Asthma causes & triggers

When an individual has asthma, their airways are constantly reacting to their external environment. ‘Asthma triggers’ may worsen asthma symptoms. Some common asthma triggers include: 

  • Allergens such as pollens, mould, pet fur, and dust mites
  • Irritants like strong odours from perfumes and/or cleaning solutions 
  • Infections like sinusitis, flu, and the common cold 
  • Air pollution
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Exercise 
  • Cold air or changes in the weather, such as temperature or humidity
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Strong emotions such as anxiety, laughter, sadness, or stress
  • Medications such as aspirin
  • Food preservatives called sulfites, found in things like shrimp, pickles, beer and wine, dried fruits, and bottled lemon and lime juices

*above causes cited from (Mayo Clinic, 2022)

Symptoms of Asthma

Asthma symptoms vary from person to person. 

Some asthma signs and symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Wheezing when exhaling, which is a common sign of asthma in children
  • Trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing
  • Coughing or wheezing attacks that are worsened by a respiratory virus, such as a cold or the flu

There are also certain situations in which asthma symptoms may flare up/ trigger: 

  • Exercise-induced asthma, which may be worse when the air is cold and dry
  • Occupational asthma, triggered by workplace irritants such as chemical fumes, gases or dust
  • Allergy-induced asthma, triggered by airborne substances, such as pollen, mould spores, cockroach waste, or particles of skin and dried saliva shed by pets (pet dander)

*above symptoms cited in (Mayo Clinic, 2022)

Signs of an asthma attack may include:

  • coughing
  • wheezing
  • throat clearing
  • difficulty sleeping
  • chest pain or tightness
  • Fatigue

*above symptoms cited in (Holland, 2021)

Asthma treatment

There are various ways to prevent attacks and keep your asthma under control.

  • Know what your triggers are and avoid them as much as you can.
  • Strictly adhere to your doctor’s instructions in terms of taking asthma medications. 
  • Keep track of your condition and observe if there are signs that it is worsening.
  • Talk to your doctor regarding vaccines that can reduce your chances of developing certain conditions like flu, shingles, or pertussis (whooping cough).
  • Oxygen therapy 

what is oxygen therapy?

Oxygen therapy is a treatment that provides the body with supplementary oxygen. It can be used to deal with various conditions including asthma. 

Oxygen is a key ingredient to a healthy functioning body. Our bodies use oxygen to provide energy for various bodily processes and functions. When a person experience hypoxia (low oxygen levels in blood), they may feel shortness of breath, fatigue and many other symptoms. Oxygen therapy provides extra oxygen to people who have low blood oxygen levels. 

 

how does oxygen therapy work?

When an individual experiences an asthma attack, the muscles surrounding their bronchial tubes constrict which affects air going in and out of the person’s lungs. If a person’s bronchial tubes are narrow, breathing becomes extremely difficult and they will be unable to take in enough oxygen. Oxygen therapy works by supplying the lungs with supplementary oxygen when levels are low. 

Additionally, oxygen therapy can provide the following benefits for people with low oxygen levels:

  • decreased shortness of breath
  • increased energy levels
  • improved sleep

*cited in (MedicalNewsToday, 2021)

Oxygen Canisters

Oxygen canisters contain oxygen from 95% to 100% pure oxygen. These canisters come in various sizes to allow for users to decide a size that best suit their needs. Oxygen canisters can prove to be handy as an on-the-go supplementary oxygen canister to help users suffering from asthma attacks to be supplied with additional oxygen that helps provide immediate relief. 

In Conclusion...

Asthma proves to be condition that can significantly affect individuals’ lives. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy as well as the use of supplementary oxygen canisters like Boost Oxygen can help alleviate asthmatic symptoms and provide relief. 

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