About 22 million people in the United States are sufferers of asthma with roughly 6 million of those being children. Asthma is a disease that affects the airways in that it inflames them and causes a tightening that makes it difficult to breathe.

Tightness of the chest is another symptom that can be attributed to asthma and it can be very debilitating. Asthma is a disease that is strongly affected by environmental factors such as what substances are in the air.  The sorts of substances that can trigger an asthma attack are pollution, second hand tobacco smoke or pollen.

There is no cure for asthma, but there are plenty of things that a sufferer can do to help decrease their suffering. The first thing that a sufferer needs to come up with is a plan to suit them and their unique symptoms using both long term and fast acting medication. Simply avoiding areas where you know your asthma will act up is a great first step to decrease your risk and your need to utilize a fast acting inhaler.

A strong open dialogue with your physician will help in controlling your asthma. If you have not had an attack for a long time and you are doing a good job of avoiding environmental agitators you and your physician may come to the decision to reduce the dose of your long-term medicine. If you are asthmatic, however, it is imperative that you always carry a rescue inhaler incase of a sudden attack.

It is important to never take an asthma attack lightly and if you or someone you know with a history of asthma is having trouble talking or walking and their lips and fingernails are beginning to turn a purple hue do not hesitate to call 911. For sufferers an asthma attack often feels like you have a huge weight on your chest making it difficult to fill the lungs. Hyperventilation can also happen to a sufferer as a result of the fear and stress associated with an attack.

If you are suffering from asthma and are thinking about applying for Social Security benefits or have applied and have been turned down, you should contact a Daytona Beach disability lawyer at the Law Firm of Johnson & Gilbert (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890 for legal advice regarding your asthma disability claim. We can help you navigate the confusing process to obtain Social Security benefits.