What is Bronchial Asthma?
Bronchial asthma is a disease which is basically caused by that of an increased responsiveness of the tracheobronchial tree to that of various stimuli. In other words, bronchial asthma is the more definitive term for the common form of asthma, and although the two most common types of asthma – bronchial and cardiac – have similar symptoms, they actually have quite different causes.
There are certain signs and symptoms that prove evident of bronchial asthma, for example, an acute exacerbation of asthma is referred to as an asthma attack, and there are certain warning signs that are usually evident directly before the onset of an attack, such as wheezing, shortness of breath, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate, rhonchous lung sounds, and an over-inflation of the chest, for example.
How is Bronchial Asthma Diagnosed?
In regards to diagnosis, for the most part, a doctor can diagnose a person with asthma if they examine the basis of typical findings in a patient’s clinical history and examination. In other words, asthma is usually quite easy to diagnose. There are also other warning signs that may tell a doctor whether a patient’s risk is higher for having asthma, such as if they have eczema or other allergic conditions.
How is Bronchial Asthma Treated?
In regards to treatment, the method that is considered to be the best form of treatment is that of identifying triggers, meaning that the patient and doctor should work together in order to determine which causes are the most triggering to attacks in the patient, and then obviously try to remove or at least relieve those triggers from the person’s life as much as possible. However, it should be known that the specific medical treatment which will be offered to asthma patients will depend on the severity of their condition as well as the frequency of their symptoms.
There are also certain relief medications which are available, with the most common form being that of pocket-sized, metered-dose inhalers. There are also nebulizers available, which provide a larger and more continuous dose, and these work by vaporizing a dose of medication in a saline solution into that of a steady stream of foggy vapour; a nebulizer is not only good because it will be helpful to a patient who is experiencing a severe attack, but also because they deliver the medication continuously.