I’m on my 35 weeks of my pregnancy, and as my baby grows and my tummy getting bigger, my cough also is getting worse. At first I thought the cause of my cough is my pregnancy, coz when I was pregnant with Jake, I had cough too but not as bad as this one. The doctor said, its common to other pregnant woman to experience chest congestion, but still they advise me to see my general physician. So, my doctor said I had little symptoms of asthma because he heard some wheezing, so he prescribed me for an aerosol inhalator when wheezing occur. For couple of days I had been using it, helped my cough. But when my cough was getting harder and worst the inhalator didn’t help, I used it more than the times the doctor prescribed, I was feeling so miserable and find it hard to breath. My stomach and back were both sore from coughing, it sucks! I think my cough will stop after I deliver my baby, cross finger to that. I’m glad lately my cough is not as hard as before, though still bothers me, and my Obgyn was right, once my stomach start dropping down it will help my breathing. I’m still hoping this cough of mine is just cause from my pregnancy and not asthma. I made a research for asthma coz I was desperate to find any medicine I could take, well I did not found medicine but i got interested with the other information I found online.
According From Wikipedia;
Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the lungs in which the airways (bronchi) are reversibly narrowed. Asthma affects 7% of the population, or 20 million Americans,and 300 million worldwide. During attacks (exacerbations), the smooth muscle cells in the bronchi constrict, and the airways become inflamed and swollen. Breathing becomes difficult, and asthma causes 4,000 deaths a year in the U.S. Attacks can be prevented by avoiding triggering factors and by drug treatment.
The most common symptoms of an asthma attack are:
* Chest tightness
* Shortness of breath
Sometimes coughing is the only symptom. Asthma symptoms often occur at night or during exercise, but they can occur at any time.
(Note: Other conditions, such as respiratory infections, may also cause wheezing, especially in children. Talk with your doctor if you are concerned.)
Most researchers believe that the different patterns of asthma are all related to one condition. But some researchers feel that separate forms of lung conditions exist. There is currently no cure for asthma and no single exact cause has been identified. Therefore, understanding the changes that occur in asthma, how it makes you feel, and how it can behave over time is vital. This knowledge can empower people with asthma to take an active role in your own health.
Myths, facts, and statistics about asthma
Before we present the typical symptoms of asthma, we should dispel some common myths about this condition. This is best achieved by conducting a short true or false quiz.
1. T or F – Asthma is “all in the mind.”
2. T or F – You will “grow out of it.”
3. T or F – Asthma can be cured, so it is not serious and nobody dies from it.
4. T or F – You are likely to develop asthma if someone in your family has it.
5. T or F – You can “catch” asthma from someone else who has it.
6. T or F – Moving to a different location, such as the desert, can cure asthma.
7. T or F – People with asthma should not exercise.
8. T or F – Asthma does not require medical treatment.
9. T or F – Medications used to treat asthma are habit-forming.
10. T or F – Someone with asthma can provoke episodes anytime they want in order to get attention.
Here are the answers:
1. F – Asthma is not a psychological condition. However, emotional triggers can cause flare-ups.
2. F – You cannot outgrow asthma. In about 50% of children with asthma, the condition may become inactive in the teenage years. The symptoms, however, may reoccur anytime in adulthood.
3. F – There is no cure for asthma, but the disease can be controlled in most patients with good medical care. The condition should be taken seriously, since uncontrolled asthma may result in emergency hospitalization and possible death.
4. T – You have a 6% chance of having asthma if neither parent has the condition, a 30% chance if one parent has it, and a 70% chance if both parents have it.
5. F – Asthma is not contagious.
6. F – A new environment may temporarily improve asthma symptoms, but it will not cure asthma. After a few years in the new location, many people become sensitized to the new environment and the asthma symptoms return with the same or even greater intensity than before.
7. F – Swimming is an optimal exercise for those with asthma. On the other hand, exercising in dry, cold air may be a trigger for asthma in some people.
8. F – Asthma is best controlled by having an asthma management plan designed by your doctor that includes the medications used for quick relief and those used as controllers.
9. F – Asthma medications are not addictive.
10. F – Asthma attacks cannot be faked. In rare cases, there is a psychological condition known by a variety of names (factious asthma, spastic dysphonia, globus hystericus) where emotional issues may cause symptoms that mimic the symptoms of asthma.