Asthma

Asthma is a condition in which the respiratory system constricts and expands, producing more secretion. This may make it hard to breathe and cause coughing, whistling, and shortness of breath.

This condition can be a significant problem that interferes with daily activities and can lead to life-threatening asthma attacks

There is no cure for asthma, but your symptoms can be controlled. It is important that you work with your doctor to control your signs and symptoms, and adjust your treatment to fit your needs.

Causes

It is not clear why some people develop asthma and others don’t; however, it is probable that the disease is due to a combination of environmental and genetic (inherited) factors. The exposure to various irritants agents and substances that trigger allergies (allergens) can cause signs and symptoms of asthma.
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Substances found in the air, including pollen, dust mites, mold spores, pet dander, or cockroach waste particles
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Respiratory infections, like a common cold.
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Physical activity (exercise-induced asthma)
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Cold air.
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Gastroesophageal reflux disease, a disorder in which stomach acids build up in the throat.
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Air pollutants and irritants, such as smoke
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Certain medications, such as beta-blockers, aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, or others), and naproxen (Aleve)
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Strong emotions and stress.
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Sulfites and preservatives added to some types of foods and beverages, including shrimp, dried fruits, processed potatoes, beer, and wine

Treatment

It consists of personal care and bronchodilators.

Asthma is usually treated with rescue inhalers to attack the symptoms and control inhalers (steroids) that prevent the symptoms. In more severe cases, long-acting inhalers that keep the breathing airways open may be needed, as well as oral steroids.

Vitamins

Vitamin D: Additional to standard asthma medications, it may reduce by half the risk of asthma attacks that require hospital care.

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