Asthma is a condition that causes sensitivity of the airways in the lungs. When exposed to certain triggers these airways narrow, making it hard to breathe.
When a person with asthma comes into contact with something that irritates their airways (an asthma trigger), the muscles around the walls of the airways tighten so that the airways become narrower and the lining of the airways becomes inflamed and starts to swell. Sometimes sticky mucus or phlegm builds up which can further narrow the airways.
The exact cause of Asthma is not completely understood. Asthma is one of a group of allergic conditions, including eczema and hayfever, which often occur together. A family history of Asthma, eczema or allergies, increases the risk of person developing Asthma. Research shows that smoking during pregnancy increases the child's risk of developing asthma. Children whose parents smoke are also more likely to develop the condition.
Asthma triggers can vary between people. Common triggers include;
Sometimes it can be difficult to know what is triggering your Asthma. Ask your Doctor for advice.
Common symptoms of asthma include:
In no way is this information intended to replace the advice of a medical practitioner. Always consult your Doctor for diagnosis and advice. Although there is no cure for Asthma, there are some excellent medicines available to help control the symptoms so that is does not interfere with daily life. Good Asthma management allows a person to lead an active, healthy lifestyle.
If you or your child experience symptoms that could be due to Asthma, it is important to get advice from your GP. There is no simple test for asthma. It is diagnosed by your Doctor after examination, and taking into account how and when symptoms occur.
Good Asthma management involves;
An Asthma Action Plan can be written with your Doctor or nurse. It should provide clear information on your Asthma medicines, how to tell if your symptoms are getting worse, what you should do if your symptoms do get worse, and what you should do in the case of an Asthma attack.
Royal Jelly can cause serious health effects in people with Asthma and other allergic conditions.
Echinacea has been shown to trigger Asthma in some people.
Ask your Pharmacist for advice: