Living with Asthma

Asthma and Its Long–Term Effects

Asthma is a disease that more than 20 million people in the United States must deal with on a daily basis, and at this time there is no known cure nor has one central cause been identified. However, due to effective research and advancements, asthma sufferers can now live normal and active lives as long as they follow some basic rules and norms designed to help them successfully manage the disease.

Below is a brief overview of the long–term effects of asthma, but these effects are largely determined by the course of action you take throughout your life to help manage it properly and to keep it under control.


Effectively Managed Asthma's Long–Term Effects

Of those 20 million people in the United States who have asthma, more than 6 million of them are children. While this statistic may seem daunting, it's actually a positive sign that asthma is generally being diagnosed earlier in life, and the earlier it's caught, the more successful long–term management of it tends to be.

If you and your medical care provider undertake the process of learning as much as possible about the disease, what type of asthma you have, what your triggers are and what to avoid both in terms of substances and activities, studies have shown that there is no real difference between your life expectancy and that of others.

Basic management skills include avoiding these substances and activities, but also learning that taking your medications is simply a must every day, regardless of how you're feeling. Additional studies have shown generally that living a healthy lifestyle that includes responsible exercise, a sound diet and the avoidance of obvious problematic behavior like smoking and excessive drinking all contribute to the minimization of the long–term effects of asthma.

Improperly Managed Asthma

Unfortunately, not every case of asthma is diagnosed early and still others do not follow the basic steps of management that have been found to reduce the long–term effects of the disease. As a result, far too many people do not follow a strict medication protocol and do not live healthy lifestyles that promote long and happy living.

For those who do not follow these basic steps, asthma can have a long–term effect. When an asthma attack occurs, it narrows the air passages used to breathe. If this happens too many times over a period of years, scar tissue can eventually form that not only leads to more attacks, but also to more severe attacks. This will shorten a person's life expectancy by a period of years.

Therefore, the lesson should be clear. Managing your asthma properly will lead to a happy and productive life, but the onus is on you to do so. If you do not, you may face unnecessary suffering in the future. Contact your doctor to begin taking these steps if you haven't already done so.