Ninety six percent of physicians say that there is a need for
increased education among asthma patients. Asthma is a respiratory
disease often arising from allergies. Did you know that nine million
Americans now suffer from asthma? Also, asthma is responsible for
ten million lost school days yearly! Asthma is caused by a very
complex set of muscles contracting at the wrong time.
Outside the bronchial tubes, there are thousands of
little muscles wrapped around it. When you have an
asthma attack, what happens is, these little muscles
contract, which makes it hard for you to breathe. Your
chances in getting the chronic disease are one in three, if
your parents have it. Piratically everything you do may
cause an asthma attack or trigger
There are six major 'triggers' of
asthma, they are irritants, allergens,
infections, weather, exercise, and emotions. Triggers are things that
can make asthma worse. Common irritants are smoke (about any
kind), aerosol sprays, strong odors, dust, and air pollution.
smoke is the worst irritant of all!!!! Next are the allergens, pollen,
mold, pets, food, everything that you are allergic to cause symptoms
of asthma. Common colds, sinusitis, and influenza cause an increase
of asthma symptoms. There are certain types of weather that may
cause problems for some people with asthma. Those are; extremely
hot or cold temperatures, windy conditions, and changes in humidity.
Exercise or physical activity is a common asthma trigger. For some
people, it is the only trigger of asthma. Strong feelings, such as
laughing and crying lead to changes in breathing patterns, which can
cause some symptoms of asthma also.
Most of the symptoms are easy to remember. It usually feels like
someone is standing on your chest. I'm speaking from personal
experiences! The symptoms are; coughing continuously, wheezing,