Asthma has been described as a chronic disease of the airways whereby the airways become inflamed and narrow making breathing very difficult. But lately, some leaders in the medical fraternity have concluded that it may be misleading to call asthma a disease for a couple of reasons.
Firstly asthma is more aptly defined as a series of symptoms rather than a disease. Also, many people outgrow their asthma, especially children. That doesn’t sound like something consistent with a chronic disease to me.
The symptoms of asthma are varied and symptoms can vary from asthmatic to asthmatic. Some people may experience many or all of the symptoms whilst others could only experience one or two asthma symptoms.
Although the symptoms of asthma vary significantly, they are all designed to do one thing. That single thing is to reduce the volume of air you are breathing.
The main types of symptoms of asthma include:
Tightness of the chest
Excessive Mucus Production
Asthmatic symptoms can be triggered by many different factors and again different things will affect people differently. It is a good idea to have an allergy test performed by your GP to find out what you are allergic to. Many people who have allergies will have or will develop asthmatic symptoms.
The main types of triggers of asthma include:
Allergens (Dust, Dust Mites, Pollens, Pets, Animal Dander, Smoke, Pollution, Molds, Food Additives)
Exposure to Extremes in Temperature e.g. Hot or Cold Air
Genetic Predisposition (perhaps a parent or a sibling has asthma too)
As you can see, the triggers are as varied as they get. Asthma is an auto-immune disease, which means when your body senses an invader such as some of the triggers listed here, your immune system kicks into gear and starts to produce mucus and constricts the airways making them narrower and harder to breathe more air in.
The symptoms of asthma are your body’s defense mechanism, much the same way as pain is a defense mechanism. When you touch something hot for example, your body will experience a painful sensation to tell you to pull away otherwise risk further damage.
So just exactly what is your body trying to tell you? As I have mentioned there are a variety of different factors which can trigger asthma, but they are not the cause! The cause of asthma could be right under your nose!
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