Asthma is one of those common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways that causes airway hyperresponsiveness, mucosal edema, and mucus production. This hyperresponsiveness and inflammation ultimately leads to recurrent episodes of asthma symptoms which are cough, chest tightness, wheezing, and difficulty of breathing (dyspnea). Asthma is different from other obstructive pulmonary diseases in that it is largely reversible. This can be reversible either spontaneously or with treatment. People suffering from asthma may have asthma symptom-free episodes alternating with acute exacerbations, which can be very dangerous too. Acute exacerbations can last from minutes to days. Continue reading →
Asthma is a form of COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. It is a respiratory condition that involves the inflammation of the air passages. The muscles that surround these air passages then become very tight, so the lining swells. This inflammation, swelling, and tightness cause less air to enter the lungs. Asthma is commonly triggered by irritants in the environment. Some irritants are dust, climate change, animal hair, fur, or dander, pollen, mold, chemicals, tobacco smoke, exercise, infections of the respiratory tract, and stress. Certain medications like NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). A family history of allergies may also be one of the causes of asthma.