Asthma is a common chronic condition both in Singapore and around the world. According to the WHO, asthma affected approximately 262 million people in 2019. While this is a large number of people, and the condition can potentially be life-threatening, asthma attacks and its symptoms can be managed with proper treatment, usage of inhalers and lifestyle adjustments.
What are the symptoms of asthma?
Asthma symptoms are fairly easy to spot and include a persistent night-time cough, wheezing, shortness of breath even while resting and a feeling of tightness in the chest. These symptoms can be exacerbated by dust, smoke, pollen, pet dander, and even certain types of soap and perfume in Singapore.
What causes this condition?
Asthma can develop at any age but it most frequently begins in childhood and can often be due to a genetic disposition towards the illness. In adults, smoking is another lifestyle choice that can cause asthma – along with a wide variety of lung diseases. A lesser known cause of asthma is obesity, which can affect the mechanics of breathing.
Another important thing to know is that because it’s also considered a pre-existing condition in most insurance plans in Singapore, asthma treatment may not be covered.
What triggers an asthma attack?
A common trigger for asthma attacks is strenuous exercise because your body has an increased need for oxygen. These intense bouts of exercise result in more rapid breathing that can trigger an attack. Similarly, people with asthma who work in environments where dust, airborne chemicals, fumes and animal fur present in the air are at increased risk of an attack. Certain seasons like spring can result in an increased amount of pollen in the air that can trigger those with allergies. Once a trigger has been identified, people with asthma can work to avoid or minimise exposure whenever possible.
What asthma symptoms require medical attention?
You should see a doctor if your asthma attacks are severe and cannot be managed with medication and inhalers. The clearest sign of a severe asthma attack is when your wheezing and breathing is different from your usual asthmatic breathing pattern. If this persists or gets worse even after taking your usual medication, it’s a sign you should call an ambulance.
Can you get asthma insurance?
Insurance providers often regard asthma and other chronic illnesses as pre-existing conditions. As a result, they may not cover them as part of their policies. Insurance provider Pacific Prime CXA Singapore is one organisation that does offer coverage for asthma-related healthcare needs. This is covered under their pre-existing condition plans that include medical diagnosis, treatment, medication and inhalers. Pacific Prime also offers comprehensive international insurance plans if you’re a frequent traveller. Unsure about the right insurance plan for you? Contact them today for a free quote and plan comparison.
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