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What are causes and symptoms of asthma?

• Asthma is a chronic lung ailment.
• In this condition the airways or bronchi are swollen.
• This impacts the way air enters and exits the lungs.
• This leads to disrupted breathing.
• Asthma is an ancient Greek word meaning “panting or short drawn breath.”
• It is the most troublesome of the respiratory diseases.
• People with asthma have extra sensitive or hyper responsive airways.
• The airways become narrow or obstructed when they become irritated.

Signs and Symptoms of Asthma

Signs and Symptoms of Seasonal allergies
• sneezing
• itchy nose and/or throat
• nasal congestion
• clear, runny nose
• headache
• fatigue
• fever
• diarrhea
• stomachache
• vomiting
• coughing
• shortness of breath
• struggle to breathe
• rapid breathing even in normal mode
• unable to speak
• have retractions
• muscles suck in the neck and chest
• clearing of throat
• irregular breathing
• unusual fatigue
• trouble in doing regular tasks
• restless sleep
• mild chest tightness

These symptoms are often accompanied by:
• Itchy, watery, and/or red eyes.
• This is called allergic conjunctivitis.
• Allergy can progress into asthma.

The asthma symptoms also include:
– a dry, rattling cough
– an over-accumulation of mucous
– feeling as if they’re having to swallow around a golf ball-like mass in the throat
– a tickle in throat which triggers cough particularly when taking deep breath
– coughing, even to the point of expelling mucous
– difficulty catching the breath
– tightness in chest due to exertion or being in stuffy rooms

Causes of Asthma

Triggers
• Asthma is a condition that can get activated when a person comes into contact with a stimulant.
• All persons may not be allergenic to same stimulants.
• So the effect is not same for all stimulants on lungs.
• Certain substances make your lung passage sensitive and make the condition of breathing worse.
• These are called triggers.

There are two categories of triggers:
– allergens
– non allergens
• Non allergens are more like irritants.
• Exposure of allergens or non allergens can affect your bronchial tubes.
• These substances activate the reaction and make the breathing problematic.

These triggers can be:
• Exercise
• Infections
• Cold
• Other irritants

Exercise-Induced Asthma

• Exercise-induced asthma (EIA) arises due to strenuous activity. They have the following symptoms:
– Running
– Swimming
– Biking

Allergens
– “seasonal” pollens
– year-round dust mites
– molds
– pets
– insect parts

Foods
– fish
– egg
– peanuts
– nuts
– cow’s milk
– soy
– sulfites
– work-related agents
– latex
– epoxides
– formaldehyde

Irritants
– colds
– bronchitis
– sinusitis
– aspirin
– NSAIDs
– beta blockers
– tobacco smoke
– smog
– weather changes
– diesel fumes
– paint
– detergents
– deodorants
– chemicals
– perfumes
– nighttime
– GERD
– exercise
– chemicals
– dust
– gases
– metals
– laughing
– crying
– yelling
– distress
– premenstrual syndrome hormones

The underlying emotional state is related to:
– sadness, loss or grief
– loss of trust
– disappointment
– irritability

Ridgecrest Herbal Clearlungs Red/Herbal The Asthma Sourcebook Beating Asthma: Seven Simple Principles

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