Uncontrolled asthma can be severe and impose a severe burden on your daily life. Complications caused by asthma include lifestyle disruption, airways remodeling, hospitalization or even death.
Among the lifestyle disruptions sleep deprivations, and limited physical activity is most prominent. Patient experience long-term sleep deprivation at night, which leads to reduced brain function during daytime at work or school. Some people might also have to reduce the amount and intensity of physical activity or exercise, which increases the risk of diabetes, heart diseases, weight gain, etc.
Sometimes due to the chronic inflammation, the airways get remodeled due to structural changes. These changes can lead to more severe consequences including lung failure, long-term coughing, airway wall thickening, etc.
Other Complications of Asthma
Other complications of Asthma that may adversely affect your quality of life include:
- Underperformance or absence from work
- permanent problems with your lungs
- repeated visits to the hospital
- psychological issues including stress, anxiety, and depression
- learning problems in children
The flu can affect an asthma patients lungs as it causes inflammation (swelling) and narrowing of your airways. These changed could trigger asthma attacks or episodes, that’s why asthma patients need to take precautionary measures against flu-like symptoms.
Asthma patients with pregnancy suffer from wheezing, shortness of breath, chest pain and cough. These can lead to a pregnancy-related complication like preeclampsia and experience a higher risk of giving birth to underweight babies.
How asthma affects grownups and kids
Asthma affects children with delayed growth and increased risk of learning disability. On the other hand, adults suffer from an increased risk of depression, heart disease, and stroke. It is also very common for both to take sick days from work and school.
If you feel that your asthma is getting on the way of your quality of life, contact your doctor immediately. Get a personalized asthma control plan to better control the condition.
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