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Asthma is a chronic condition. And even if you’ve had asthma for a while, it’s helpful to know the 2 ways asthma affects the lungs, especially as you explore treatment options.
Inflammation can make your airways narrower than usual, making it harder to breathe.
A reduction in airflow happens when the muscles around the airways tighten.
Treatment usually includes using a rescue inhaler, to be used as needed. Your doctor may also prescribe an inhaler for prevention of symptoms to be taken every day. In addition, it’s helpful to understand and avoid your asthma triggers.
Moments where you find yourself needing to catch your breath or you feel out of breath.
A feeling that something heavy is sitting on your chest, restricting your breathing.
Difficulty breathing in and out, often accompanied by a slight whistling or squeaky sound coming from your chest.
Fits of coughing can happen at any time.
ASTHMA FEELS DIFFERENT
When I have a, an asthma attack, my lungs are compressed. I feel like my chest and everything is just so tight that I can't take any more breaths, to the point that I don't know if this is going to be my last breath.
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When you're in the middle of an attack, you feel very helpless. You feel like your chest is caving in and you just–you can't breathe. And the worse that it gets, the more panic sets in and the more panic sets in, the worse it gets.
I had basically coughed my whole life. I had coughed my whole life until this pulmonary doctor when I was in nursing school told me that he could fix it. I would just learn to cough in my elbow. I sucked on a lot of cough drops when it would bother people, and drank a lot of water thinking that it was just a dry throat or something like that but come to find out it was asthma.
So when I went to my pulmonologist after having all those issues, I spoke to her and I said, "You know, the inhalers that you prescribed me are helping, but I'm still having exacerbations that are really having an impact on me, and it's just not enough."
Talk to your doctor about how your asthma symptoms impact your daily activities.
Hear Nuria, Ivanna, Tricia, and Phil describe what their asthma feels like.
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Here’s how your doctor may diagnose asthma.
Performed by a doctor
Lung Function Test
A spirometer may be used to assess how well your lungs are working
Tell your doctor if there is a family history of asthma
Talk to your doctor about your asthma
Keep track of your symptoms
Understand and avoid your triggers
Keep track of rescue inhaler use
Work with your doctor to see what medicines are right for you
Take medication as prescribed
A rescue inhaler is needed for those times when you need quick relief from your sudden asthma symptoms.
BREO is not a rescue inhaler and should not be used for sudden symptoms.
Medications that are prescribed to be taken every day (like BREO) may help to reduce inflammation in the airways of the lungs and prevent symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. They may also help reduce asthma flare-ups.
WHAT DOES ASTHMA
And all of a sudden I just had these crazy respiratory symptoms where I had extreme shortness of breath. I couldn’t breathe…
Phil is a real patient who was prescribed a GSK product at the time of filming. GSK paid him for his time and expenses for sharing his unique experience.
…and I felt like every step I was taking was just a struggle. I almost felt like, I could totally understand how the Mount Everest climbers feel when the oxygen is so low and they’re just struggling for each breath. That’s exactly how it felt…when it got that exacerbated, you start to realize that there’s a problem. I wasn’t used to having medical issues. You know, I thought asthma and pulmonary issues were for other people, because I’d always been an active person.
If you have asthma symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath, ask your doctor about your treatment options.
Hear about Phil’s experience that led him to ask for a change in treatment.
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