“They say see a doctor when I am not feeling well…how do I do that when I cannot pay to see a doctor?”
Finding the money to see a doctor is tight these days, however you should never put off the care of your health.
In this article I would like to talk to you about ASTHMA as it does affect all ages I would like to be specific to the SENIORS who have this lung condition that can be characterized by coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. The reason I want to direct my remarks to the older population is when you have Asthma when you are older it is less due to allergens and more due to an upper respiratory infection which will require a doctor.
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During an asthma attack muscle fibers lining the air passage go into spasm mode, contracting the tubes not allowing for air to pass through causing the wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath.
With the airways are inflamed and constricted your body becomes highly sensitive, or reactive to irritants and infections such as dust, foods, smoke, detergents, paints, and some drugs such as aspirin.
When doctors are trying to determine the severity of this condition skin testing can be done, a chest x-ray is a must and sometimes blood tests can help with the diagnosis. Treating asthma can be done through medications, inhalers, and sometimes oxygen.
Seniors, if you do not visit your doctor soon enough after the symptoms have been recognized you will find the asthma to have progressed to a more severe state and then you may have to be hospitalized. Patients who also fail to respond to medication may also find themselves in this same condition. When the symptoms are there visit a clinic and get check up early.
Awareness and education will help you understand the condition and what steps that needs to be taken to maximize your health care. Take the time for yourself now and you will reap the benefits of a longer healthier future.
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