Asthma is a respiratory condition caused by bronchospasm, which is a narrowing or constriction of the airways. A number of factors, or triggers, can cause an individual to have an asthma attack. Triggers can include environmental factors, such as cold, dust, dander, smoke or chemicals. Other individuals report that overexertion can make them more vulnerable to triggers.
Exposure to these conditions can cause inflammation of the airways and periods of wheezing and shortness of breath. Symptoms can largely be prevented by avoiding triggers. There are many forms of asthma, which can occur in childhood, adulthood or in specific conditions, such as pregnancy.
Our condition management nurses are ready to help individuals diagnosed with asthma to manage their condition by:
- Increasing knowledge of the disease
- Providing strategies to slow disease progression and allow for self-management and lifestyle changes
- Help managing co-morbid conditions which contribute to the chronic disease of asthma (such as depression, anxiety or stress)
- Review current medications and treatments
- Help to develop personal goals and successful strategies to manage asthma