One of the most important things to do when you have a disability or chronic illness is to learn as much as you can about it. The more you know the easier it should be to get a handle on those days when you feel like it is a constant battle and you are not sure you are winning.
Knowing the language or words of COPD/Asthma is a great way to start or to continue to refresh a person’s knowledge of the ins and outs of the lifelong health companion we are dealing with.
Always remember, the more you know the better it will be in dealing with all that is involved with a chronic illness.
We are at a point of rewinding back to the beginning, which we began running just about a year ago. Rewinding and repeating is many times necessary as a reminder of many of both the little and big things that matter when fighting a nasty disease like COPD or Asthma.
With all that in mind, let’s discuss the word ‘Exacerbations’.
‘Exacerbations’ is a reference to an increase (many times sudden) in the severity of symptoms, including an increase with a person’s difficulty in breathing. Depending on the severity, some acute ‘exacerbations’ may require a visit to the doctor or in some cases the hospital.
For someone with asthma, ‘exacerbations’ would mean you are having a sudden attack which is most likely being caused by a personal trigger such as exercise, cold air and/or allergens such as pet dander or pollen. For those with asthma, often, when the trigger or triggers are removed the opportunity for the symptoms to clear up increase substantially and the person will start returning to feeling normal.
Now if you are someone with COPD, then ‘exacerbations’ will most likely kick in when caused by common trigger such as a respiratory infection like from a cold or the flu. In some circumstances an ‘exacerbation’ trigger from secondhand smoke and/or high humidity will make your COPD symptoms much worse.
The big difference if you have COPD and not Asthma is that with COPD – when you remove the respiratory infection and/or ‘exacerbation’ trigger that alone will not make the symptoms of COPD go away as they would with Asthma.
ONE THING TO REMEMBER is that it’s possible to have both Asthma and COPD, which could make the symptoms of both diseases worse and in many ways harder to control.
In your own individual battle with COPD and/or Asthma, be sure to learn and understand the words of importance in understanding what is going on within these battles and today that word to know and understand is ‘Exacerbations’.
ALWAYS REMEMBER > A person without good breathing, is a person with a life of constant caution’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can.
As always – if you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out by a reliable physician or pulmonologist.
With that, we bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William from wheezingaway.com.
(Copyright@2018, CrossDove Writer)
NOTE TO REMEMBER: We only give descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer and more medical founded information.
(Information used was gathered from various books and internet sources discussing COPD, Asthma and other lung issues. Images used, are done so by permission from yahoo.com and/or google.images.com.)