Learn What Asthma And Allergy Symptoms You Should Be Aware Of
Asthma affects more than 20 million Americans, including 9 million children, making it the most common serious chronic disease of childhood.
It is a chronic respiratory disease of the lungs that inflames and narrows the airways.
It Causes Recurrent Episodes Of:
- Chest Tightness
- And Coughing That Fortunately Are Reversible With Treatment
Not all people who have the disease have these symptoms. And, having these symptoms doesn't always mean that you have this condition.
Visit your doctor for a lung function test which is the best way to diagnose it for certain.
Severe Symptoms Can Threaten Your Life, so, it's important to treat symptoms when you first notice them so they don't become an emergency.
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What Causes Asthma?
The exact cause isn't known.
Researchers think a combination of factors interact to cause asthma and inflammation to develop, most often early in life.
These Factors Include:
- An inherited tendency to develop allergies, called atopy (AT-o-pe)
- Parents who have it
- Certain respiratory infections during childhood
- Contact with some airborne allergens or exposure to some viral infections in infancy or in early childhood when the immune system is developing
The view of what this disease is, has changed over the past decade or so. No longer is the focus exclusively on narrowing of the breathing passageways (bronchial tubes) due to contraction of the bronchial muscles that surround these tubes.
Increasingly, there is emphasis on the importance of inflammation of the bronchial tubes and treatment with medications that reduce this inflammation.
A good quality air purifier helps with inflammation of the bronchial tubes and makes breathing much easier.
If this chronic lung inflammation is left untreated, it can lead to progressive loss of lung function and other severe consequences.
This disease cannot be cured. Even when you feel fine, you still have the condition and it can flare up at any time.
Many studies are showing a link with inflammation, so a natural anti inflammatory such as omega 3 fish oil should be considered as part of your treatment plan.
The good news is that you can help to manage chronic inflammation and help reduce sensitivity to asthma triggers with the proper daily controller medication.
The key is daily. When taken daily, controller therapies can help you better manage your symptoms, and also the chronic inflammation.
Since half of the 17 million Americans with the disease are hypersensitive to common substances like pet dander or pollen.
It stands to reason that their allergic reactions trigger the Chronic Inflammation in their bodies.
Yet most of the people who develop it as adults don't have allergies, or allergy symptoms.
Doctors still don't know what's causing their disease, but they do know the signs of chronic inflammation are present in their lungs.
Many treatments are now designed to control inflammation, however, they still don't cure the disease.
"It may mean that the inflammatory hypothesis is not entirely correct or the drugs that we use to treat inflammation aren't fully potent," says Dr. Stephen Wasserman, an allergist at the University of California at San Diego. "There are a lot of gaps to fill in."
What Causes Asthma Symptoms To Occur?
A number of things can trigger or worsen the symptoms.
Triggers May Include:
- Allergens found in dust,dust mites, animal dander, cockroaches, mold, and pollens from trees, grasses, and flowers
- Irritants such as cigarette smoke, outside air pollution, chemicals or dust in the workplace, compounds in home décor products, and sprays including hairspray
- Certain medicines such as aspirin or other non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Sulfites in foods and drinks
- Viral upper respiratory infections such as colds
- Exercise, especially in cold weather
Other Health Conditions Such As:
All Of The Above Can Make It More Difficult To Manage Your Allergy Symptoms
These conditions need treatment as part of an overall care plan.
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Can Asthma Be Prevented?
Unfortunately no, there isn't a way to prevent it from starting in the first place.
However, You Can Take Steps To Control Chronic Inflammation And Prevent The Symptoms.
- Losing weight if you need to will help those fat cells to produce fewer cytokines
Fewer cytokines means less chronic inflammation. Cytokines are around every inflammatory disorder.
- Regular exercise, 30 minutes a day most days of the week will help with the asthma and inflammation.
- Flossing your teeth combats gum disease, another source of chronic inflammation.
Honey is exceptionally effective for respiratory ailments. One Bulgarian study of almost 18,000 patients found that it improved chronic bronchitis, asthmatic bronchitis, chronic and allergic rhinitis and sinusitis. It's an effective treatment for colds, flu, respiratory infections and a generally depressed immune system.
Whereas sugar shuts down the immune system, a good quality honey will stimulate it into action.
- Eat lots of raw fruits and vegetables.
- Doctors Recommend A Pharmaceutical Grade omega 3 fish oil To Reduce Inflammation.
Various studies have shown that high levels of omega 3 fatty acids reduce symptoms in people. These fatty acids are called essential. Our bodies need them, but they are found only in cold water fish such as salmon, mackerel and anchovies. They are a natural anti inflammatory.
- If you find out you are allergic to animal dander, at minimum keep the pet out of your bedroom.
- Stay away from people who smoke.
- Get a good air cleaner in your house. The right one can really do wonders to help you breath easier.
Our granddaughter Kaylie who has asthma, knows animal dander is a trigger for her, as well as dust, dust mites and smoke.
So, the doctor has recommended hypo allergenic pillows and mattress cover, no carpeting in her bedroom and an air cleaner.
But, they have a big German shepherd dog named Axel whom she loves dearly, and she can't stay away from him as the picture clearly shows.
I might add, they have all had less colds, and hay fever symptoms in the household since they got an air cleaner, and if you put it on high, it's good for white noise when you're trying to sleep
- A combination supplement containing omega 3, vitamin C, and zinc may improve asthma symptoms, a condition on the rise, suggests a new study from Egypt.
The study adds to a growing evidence linking omega 3s and fruit and vegetable intakes to a reduction in the risk of the disease, or improvements in the allergy symptoms associated with the condition.
A present study has shown that the greater the EPA content of a fish oil formulation the greater the decrease of the inflammatory response.
"We have shown for the first time that a diet supplemented with fish oils reduces airway inflammation in asthmatic subjects with EIB," wrote the researchers in the January issue of the journal CHEST (Vol. 129, No. 1, pp. 39-49).
EIB is a temporary narrowing of the airways that can be triggered by vigorous exercise. An estimated 80 per cent of asthmatics experience EIB.
This is another disease which You have to take responsibility for how you manage it.
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