Asthma can be a debilitating and scary disease, especially to those who don’t know much about it. According to the CDC, this disease affects nearly 26 million people in the United States alone and causes about 2 million visits to the ER every year. The number of people being diagnosed with Asthma has increased since the early 1980s in all age, sex, and racial groups. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, each day, ten Americans die from asthma, and in 2015, 3,615 people died from asthma. Thankfully, with the proper care and existing treatments available, mortality is avoidable.
When a person has asthma, their airwaves become inflamed, and this results in a brief narrowing of the airways that bring oxygen to the lungs. Asthma-related symptoms will cause a person to cough, wheeze, have shortness of breath, and chest tightness. In severe cases, asthma can result in decreased activity and inability to talk. Many people refer to asthma as “bronchial asthma.” However, other types of asthma also affect millions of people. For example, Cough-Variant Asthma which is usually related to respiratory infections and exercise with severe coughing being the predominant symptom. Occupational Asthma is a kind of asthma that results from workplace triggers. These symptoms include a runny nose, congestion, eye irritation or a cough. Then there is Nighttime Asthma which can be very dangerous. These symptoms include wheezing, cough, and trouble breathing.
There are many treatments available to help relieve the symptoms of Asthma, which help to provide significant relief to those who suffer from the illness. Hyperbaric Oxygen is one of those treatments, that when combined with other prescribed remedies, can help alleviate the symptoms caused by the disease, like swelling and inflammation. This treatment will help rich oxygen, which your body demands, reach and enter your lungs. It can also help reduce the modest levels of hypoxia that can occur due to allergy-related sinus pressure. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is generally performed as an outpatient procedure and doesn’t require hospitalization.
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