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Friday, 5 June 2015

How to Control Asthma; Lifestyle, Irritants, the Environment Can Trigger an Attack

It has been established that several factors may be responsible for your asthma attacks, and you should be aware of them. It is these same factors that lead to difficulties or crises experienced by sufferers such as difficulty in breathing, tightness in the chest, coughing in the early morning and night, and wheezing; these are the main signs of this ailment which affects the lungs. Scientists explain that the causative agents usually are factors such as some specific foods, dust, allergens and many other irritants which are capable of triggering an asthma attack.

How the lungs work: courtesy

In asthma attacks, the airways which comprise of tiny tubes that carry air to and from the lungs become inflamed, and as a result they become narrowed, thereby restricting the flow of air into the lungs. This, experts say is what leads to asthma symptoms like coughing, breathlessness, wheezing, and the rest. Researchers say so far, about 300 million people all over the world have the disease, causing an estimated 250,000 deaths each year!

Asthma affects people of all ages, but it is known to start most often during childhood. Rapid urbanisation, coupled with environmental factors has however been associated with an increased prevalence of this disease experts say. And according to Dr. Saheed Babajide, a medical practitioner, “asthma is a chronic respiratory problem. It is caused by a constriction in the bronchus from allergic reaction which makes the patient not to be able to breathe in and out. It is difficulty in breathing; it can be likened to somebody that is a sickler. Some can have it early. Some can develop it through the environment and due to allergic reactions. That is exposure to things that can make the bronchus to contract.”