Can you develop asthma? I’ve been mostly healthy my entire life. Sure, I’ve had the occasional cold (once I even had the flu) but otherwise, I’m fortunate to say I haven’t developed any serious health problems.
If you’re lucky like me, you should know that this does not mean that we’re in the clear for the rest of our lives. Symptoms like allergies and asthma can develop later in adult life. That is why it’s important to live a healthy lifestyle and to closely monitor what we put in our bodies when it comes to food, medications, etc.
Needless to say, a non-smoker is much less likely to come down with bronchitis or even cancer than those who put harmful chemicals into their bodies. Fortunately, and unlike cancer, asthma can easily be prevented.
Causes and symptoms of asthma according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
- Coughing, especially at night, during exercise or when laughing
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest tightness
- Shortness of breath
- Wheezing (a whistling or squeaky sound in your chest when breathing, especially when exhaling)
Asthma is most commonly caused by exposure to allergens and potentially dangerous irritants in the air. This means that if you expose yourself to these harmful environments (i.e. poor air quality, smoke and strong odors), you could be at risk of developing this debilitating condition.
Exercising in particularly dry environments has been proven to be a cause for a type of Asthma known as exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, or EIB. Symptoms of EIB are similar to those of Asthma and can be treated with the same remedies.
Can you develop asthma? What are treatment and prevention
I’ve often asked myself, “Can you develop Asthma?”.
And, as with anything else, prevention is always the best method of… well, prevention. This can easily be done by committing oneself to adhering to a healthy lifestyle and not subjecting yourself to these kinds of toxins. A healthy immune system is directly related to the health of your lungs and respiratory system. Daily exercise will help with this as well as changing your dietary eating habits. Obviously, smoking will not.
People who suffer from Asthma use two forms of medications known as “bronchodilators”. These include short-term treatments (inhalers, etc.) and long-term solutions such as allergy shots. Both methods can be very effective. If you feel like you are suffering from Asthma symptoms, make an appointment to talk to your doctor or physician as soon as you can.
So, can you develop Asthma? Yes, you can, but as long as you take the right steps of prevention, it can very easily be avoided. According to the CDC, more than 25 million people around the world suffer from Asthma.
Now is the time to make sure you will never be one of them! Daily exercise, making healthy lifestyle choices, such as eating better, and staying up-to-date on your allergy shots will take you a long way toward never having to deal with this nuisance in order to keep doing all the things you love doing. I hope this article helps to shine some light on the risk of adult-onset Asthma, and provides proper information for prevention and treatment.