What is Asthma?

Asthma is a condition that inspires fear and anxiety, when in fact, there’s nothing to worry about. Simply put, asthma is a breathing problem that affects the airways in the lungs. What happens is that the airways react to certain substances, known as irritants and become inflamed and narrow making breathing difficult. This may also lead to extra mucus secretion by the lining of the airways, which further tends to narrow the airways. All of this sounds scary, but it’s not that big a deal.

There’s no need to hold yourself back from having a normal, active life

So, is asthma continuous or does it come and go? There is a condition called seasonal asthma, wherein your symptoms may get worse during one season, and may not show up during another. This creates a misconception that asthma is a condition that just comes and goes, with no apparent reason. However, asthma stays with you for a long time. But once you get to know more about asthma, it is not that difficult to manage asthma and anticipate and prevent an asthma attack.

Each person’s asthma is different from the others. The most important thing you need to remember is that there are many people like you, who are successfully managing asthma. The World Health Organization has found that around 300 million people around the world have asthma, of which 25 to 30 million are in India. So, it is a common condition, and you are certainly not alone.

While, unfortunately, there is no cure for asthma, modern medicine has made it possible to control the symptoms completely, so that you can almost forget you have asthma. Hence, there’s no need to hold yourself back from having a normal, active life just because you have asthma. There are many prominent personalities in the film industry, the business world, and even in the field of sports who have asthma but it has not stopped them from living a fulfilling life.