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Asthma and Allergies

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What is Asthma Anyway?


Many people may have heard the term or even know someone with Asthma, but do you really know…. I mean… really know what Asthma truly is? How it affects the body? Respiratory System? Did you know that in the United States, there are more than 25 million people who have asthma?

Let me try and break it down for you…

According to the National Institute of Health (2012), asthma is a chronic (which means long term) lung disease that causes the airways to become inflamed and narrow thus causing no air to get through and difficulty in breathing. The difficulty in breathing causes a person to cough, sometimes uncontrollably, and wheezing (a loud whistling noise.) Asthma affects all age of people but the most prevalent are children. There are approximately 122,000 children in Cook County that has asthma (RHA, 2012.)

To really get a clear understanding of asthma and the effects it has on a person ability and inability to breathe, you have to understand the airways which are tubes that are located in the lungs that transport air in and out. When a person has asthma, the airways are blocked and a few things are taking place.

The three things that happen to your airways are:

  1. Swelling
  2. Squeezing
  3. Snot

The Swelling of the airways are the inflammation that occurs inside the airways. At this point, air is still able to travel through the airways but it is still difficult.

Snot is the excess mucus that clogs the flow of the airways causing blockage to your air supply.

Squeezing (medically term bronchoconstriction) is the tightening of the muscle bands around the airways.

There is no way to PREVENT asthma; however, you can learn the best ways to manage your asthma by taking the proper medications, knowing your warning signs and even dispelling the myths about asthma.

For more information about Asthma…..stay tune…..

Sources:

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/asthma/

http://www.lungchicago.org/site/files/487/54230/212503/420641/Chicago_Asthma_Epidemic.pdf



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