Complications of Asthma

Aging with Asthma

Many people live long, healthy lives with asthma. But, some medicines (for example beta-blockers or aspirin) used to treat age-related health issues can interfere with your asthma treatment or even make your asthma worse. Be sure to tell your doctor all the medicines you take, including medicines you get over-the-counter, without a prescription.

Source: NIA (NIH)1

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It's important to treat symptoms when they first appear to prevent them from getting worse and causing severe attacks. Severe attacks require emergency care and can be fatal.

Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH)2

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Complications

Although asthma can normally be kept under control, it's still a serious condition that can cause a number of problems.

This is why it's so important to follow your treatment plan and not ignore your symptoms if they're getting worse.

Badly controlled asthma can cause problems such as:

There's also a risk of severe asthma attacks, which can be life-threatening.

Source: NHS Choices UK3

Increased Risks from Asthma

Osteoporosis, Osteopenia, Bone Loss: Other health problems that increase their risk for bone loss. If you have one of the following health problems, talk to your doctor about your bone health.

Source: NIAMS (NIH)4

Complications for Asthma

COPD: Although uncommon, some people who have asthma can develop COPD. Asthma is a chronic (long-term) lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Treatment usually can reverse the inflammation and narrowing. However, if not, COPD can develop.

Source: NHLBI (NIH)5

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Asthma attack: When your asthma symptoms become worse than usual, it's called an asthma attack. Severe asthma attacks may require emergency care, and they can be fatal.

Source: MedLinePlus (NIH)6

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References

  1. Source: NIA (NIH): nia.nih.gov/ health/ understanding-lung-problems
  2. Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ magazine/ issues/ fall13/ articles/ fall13pg12-13.html
  3. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ Asthma/ 
  4. Source: NIAMS (NIH): niams.nih.gov/ Health_Info/ Bone_Health/ default.asp
  5. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ copd/ causes
  6. Source: MedLinePlus (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ asthma.html

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