The dangers of Asthma

I have had Asthma for aslong as I can remember, I was diagnosed as a child with it and didn’t fully understand the seriousness of the condition. I struggled through school with my Asthma and often hated doing P.E as I was scared something would happen to me.

It is important to go to the doctors with any symptoms you may have. I recently went to a walk in centre due to pains in my chest and needing my inhaler, I thought it was Asthma related because it was uncomfortable to breath. After an examination it was a sprained rib muscle but I felt so silly for going and wasting the doctors time. They told me not to be silly, Asthma is serious and if something is different then get it checked out!

Having  Asthma can be a full-time job in itself. You have to take medication everyday, you have to be careful with what you eat or drink and what activities you do. For me my Asthma is fairly mild but previously I have been in hospital due to a big Asthma attack – one of the scariest moments in my life.

I am not sure if people take  Asthma seriously but knowing that an attack could kill me absolutely horrifies me. Smoking is something I cannot stand and something I will never take up. My opinions are quite strong on this subject but when I’m left on my own and have no choice but to go into the smoking area, it is not fun for me. I can be fine there and then but the next morning I am coughing, my chest hurts and I need my inhaler more than usual. It is difficult to make people understand that smoking and Asthma do not gel and I am not being dramatic when I say I don’t want to go with you.

There are two reasons I do not go out for Bonfire Night, the first one being I hate fireworks, they are too loud for me and hurt my ears! The second is the smoke in the air from the fire and fireworks. Smoke fills the air and you breathe in and there it is, a wheezy chest. I commented the other day without sounding like a mardy moo with how I was struggling with my breathing from just stepping outside for 30 seconds. Bonfire Fire night doesn’t just affect pets, it also affects humans.

Now it is winter, I am really struggling in the mornings to breathe as my room is extremely stuffy because of my radiator being on. I love winter but it really affects my chest and I avoid doing big activities during the season – so I’m not being lazy by the way before you pre-judge.

Just a note, please be aware of those that do have Asthma and take into consideration that anything can trigger breathing difficulties. It may seem daft but me having orange squash a little too strong makes my chest wheeze. Anything can happen so be careful!

For more information about triggers and how to deal with Asthma, please use this link to be directed to the official Asthma website:


10 thoughts on “The dangers of Asthma

  1. Jane Webb says:

    Hi I am 68 and have had asthma from being a child. But I wasn’t properly diagnosed until I had a major attack and was rushed into hospital aged 22. I cope pretty well on the inhalers, and steroids when having a bad spell. Newly cut grass, wet paint, dust, high pollen, certain chemicals, running, walking up stairs, colds. panicking all of these and more can bring on an attack, anytime anywhere and it’s very scary. I had to train my children what to do and which inhalers were which. I never go out without my inhalers, I keep them in the car, everyone, coat pockets, handbags etc. I have had allsorts of reactions from people when I have been having an attack mostly sensible but some horrid I also have stress incontinence when breathing is poor, which is very embarrassing and makes me panic more. So good to read your blog and know that I am not on my own. X

    • samanthajsmith says:

      Hi Jane, thank you for sharing your experiences. Your time with asthma sounds absolutely awful 😦 yes I’m never without my inhalers either because you never know what could happen. We have similar triggers for asthma but it’s such a horrible condition and I wanted to make people more aware!x

  2. BeingMulticellular says:

    I didn’t realise that it was this severe. Is there anything the NHS or medical professionals can do to help or is this something that society is just going to have to understand themselves to make the lives of people like you now comfortable.

    • samanthajsmith says:

      We’ll have to deal with it unfortunately. Air pollution won’t help either but you just have to try and manage 🙂

  3. Sarah Marinkovich says:

    Hi I have had Asthma since I was a child & since then I have had chest infection after chest infection right up until now & still do when the weather drops cold especially, plus I struggle with my breathing! Also I have had Pleurisy. So now my lungs have weakened due to these infections! & now for many years i have used Steroid & Ventolin inhalers along with taking an asthma tablet(montelukast), I hate the cold & wind! x

  4. Steph says:

    Hi. I’m a latecomer to the ‘party’, diagnosed in my mid thirties about ten years ago. I totally agree, but also find well-meaning people bundle me up in cotton wool at the first sign of a sniff! I’m fed up with every cold or cough becoming an issue and missing work or socialising because of it. I didn’t even venture out on Saturday and I loved bonfire night. 😥

  5. Dani says:

    What a great post! I personally don’t have asthma but my grandma had it really, really badly. She had to be so careful with what she ate and just getting up off the sofa used to make her wheezy. It’s one of those things that people should know more about, especially what to do if you see someone struggling or having a full blown asthma attack.

    Dani x

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