The Fight to Breathe

The Fight to Breathe

By Shrada Mamidii

I’m a relatively healthy person who’s never had any extreme medical conditions that have stopped me from doing something I want to do. One day, after not going to the gym for over a month, I decided to sprint the track with a couple of my friends. I kept pushing myself until I was literally out of breath. I started wheezing uncontrollably and needed my inhaler, but I had left it in my room. Prior to this incident, I had thought that my asthma wasn’t severe so I didn’t have to carry my inhaler wherever I went. I discovered I was wrong. 

          About 1 in 12 people in the United States have asthma. Asthma is a disease that causes swelling of the airways, causing them to narrow and making it harder to breathe. Asthma can be triggered most commonly by allergies. Doctors prescribe inhaled corticosteroids to prevent asthma attacks. Many hospital visits can be prevented by carrying around these inhalers that open up lung passageways. Ever since my incident at the gym, I carry my inhaler everywhere I go, whether I am on a vacation or walking around campus at college. Never take a chance on your health and safety, especially when there is an easy way to prevent a dangerous situation.