Health Talk Asthma Podcast: Part 1
02
September

By Adem Lewis / in , , , /


hello and welcome to our podcast series
health talk by iehp your Inland Empire health plan I’m Channelle a health
educator at EHP. Hello and I’m Veronica also a health educator at iehp. Veronica
and I teach asthma classes for IEHP. We are not licensed physicians. Right, so please, see your doctor for any medical advice. Today we’ll discuss what is
asthma, some common symptoms of asthma and the changes that occur in our
Airways during an asthma attack. Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that
targets the airways. According to the National Institute of Environmental
Health Sciences, each year more people are diagnosed with asthma, not only in
the US but around the world and there is no clear answer why. We know asthma is a major health issue, it often requires taking daily medications, when severe it
causes kids to miss school and adults to miss work.
Asthma can lead to ER visits and hospitalizations and it can even be
fatal, but you can manage your asthma symptoms and you can prevent asthma
attacks. So Chanell I have a few common questions that were asked in most of our
asthma classes. First, what is an asthma attack? Well as I mentioned before asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that targets the airways. Your airways are
small hollow tubes in your lungs that allow air to flow in and out. An asthma
attack occurs when someone breathes in or is exposed to a trigger, when we are
having an asthma attack there are three main changes that happen within the
airways. The first change is inflammation this is when our Airways become inflamed, swollen, red and irritated. Another change is called bronchoconstriction, which is
the tightening of muscles around the airways. And the last change is an
increased production of mucus in the airways, these changes make our Airways smaller and restrict airflow leading to some
common asthma symptoms. Chanell, what are some common asthma
symptoms? Well the most common ones are shortness of breath, chest tightness,
wheezing and frequent coughing. The chest tightness
comes from when the tightening of the muscles around the airways occur and you cough more or become short of breath because you’re not getting enough air
through those constricted airways. Wheezing is that whistling sound you
hear when someone’s breathing in and out. Now these are some of the most common
symptoms but they’re not all of them some other symptoms you may have are
trouble with sleeping if you lay down at night and your chest feels tight or it
feels like you have a ton of bricks on your chest that can make it pretty tough
to get a good night’s rest and if we don’t sleep well that can make us more
irritable and impact our performance at school or work. Another thing is if we
can’t breathe we aren’t necessarily going to be that social, which can take a
toll on our relationships with our friends family and coworkers.
So it’s important to be aware of these symptoms and in the next episode we’re
going to talk about some things that might trigger our asthma and some ways
you can avoid and reduce those triggers. Well that’s all for now thank you for
listening I’m Channel and I’m Veronica be sure to check out all our podcast
episodes on asthma under the series help talk. To learn more about asthma call the
IEHP health education team at one eight six six two two four four three four
seven, it’s one more way iehp is helping you reach your destination health.


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