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Is Your Shortness Of Breath Due To Age Or Asthma?

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Most of us consider asthma as something you either have or not. It’s one of those conditions we assume will be prevalent at birth. And, while we may worry about this for our kids, we don’t often consider that we could suffer ourselves. In fact, if we experience shortness of breath, we often consider it just another symptom of age.

In reality, though, that isn’t always the case. It isn’t unusual for adults to develop late-onset asthma. In fact, diagnosis isn’t even unheard of for those over fifty. So, that shortness of breath you keep experiencing may well be more than your body showing its age. And this issue can only worsen the longer it remains untreated.

As such, it’s past time you stopped ignoring the issue and visit a doctor about this instead. With proper treatment plans, there’s no reason you can’t return to the lung capacity of your younger days. But we know what you’re thinking; how can you have asthma? In truth, there are a few common reasons adults fall foul, and we’re going to look at some of them here.

Is Your Shortness Of Breath Due To Age Or Asthma?

Allergies

Around 30% of adult asthma is a result of allergies. So, before you assume you’re immune, consider that something as simple as a new laundry detergent could cause damage. Even if your allergy doesn’t cause the issue, an increased pollen count could kick-start symptoms. If you have known allergies and experience shortness of breath as a result, it’s a sure sign this is your issue. As such, you should do what you can to remove yourself from the allergen in question. And, of course, visit your doctor as soon as possible.

Something In Your Home

It’s also worth noting that your home itself could be your problem. Mould and damp spores can go a long way towards irritating the lungs. Over time, that could lead to an asthma flare-up. Equally, air which is too dry could irritate your airways and cause issues here. It’s also worth noting that there are links between asbestos exposure and asthma. As such, those in older homes may want to embark on professional asbestos testing if they’re experiencing breathing problems. Our homes are supposed to be our sanctuaries, but too often they end up doing damage. Make sure that isn’t the case by covering all your bases here.

Bad Habits

It’s also worth noting that a lifetime of bad habits increases your risk of adult-onset asthma no end. Obesity, for instance, can cause changes in lung physiology which lead to asthma. As such, those who eat unhealthy diets and avoid exercise are at risk. Luckily, there are some easy changes you can make to boost your health alongside any treatment plans from your doctor. Even if you’re a healthy weight, you could expose yourself through habits such as smoking. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that continual exposure here can soon irritate the airways.

So, stop chalking your symptoms down to smoker’s cough, and visit your doctor already!

Hugs

Lucy

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