Asthma is a remitting and relapsing disease with non-symptomatic episodes in between attacks.
Usually, the obstruction in the airways is reversible, but if not treated well in time or with right medication, complications of Asthma can occur like:
- Status asthmaticus or a sustained state of Asthma if obstruction remains for days and weeks and fails to respond to treatment.
- Pneumonia or infection in the lungs by bacteria or viruses.
- Atelectasis or collapse of a section of the lung can happen if there is excessive mucosal blockage in a smaller airway.
- Respiratory failure, where the levels of oxygen in the blood become dangerously low, or the levels of carbon dioxide become dangerously high.
- Underperformance and fatigue at school, work or in recreational occupations is among the commonest complications of Asthma.
- Absenteeism from workplace.
- Anxiety, Depression and stress, because of the Asthma preventing optimum working and healthy living.