Asthma

Asthma is a chronic, long-term lung disease that affects the airways of both adults and children and makes it difficult to breathe, at times. Asthma symptoms are primarily due to constriction (a tightening) of the muscles surrounding the airways. Although there is no cure for asthma, there are treatments available to help control and prevent asthma symptoms.

It is not widely known, but there are actually two types of asthma:
-Allergic Asthma
-Exercise induced asthma

It may come as no surprise but asthma has increased dramatically over the last several decades. In asthma patients, the airways are very sensitive and may react to a number of different triggers (see below), leading to constriction and inflammation of the airways; which in turn cause airflow obstruction, making it difficult to breathe.

Some triggers include (but are not limited to):
-Airway hyperreactivity (an exaggerated airway responsiveness to various stimuli)
-Allergic rhinitis
-Atopy, or an inherited tendency to develop allergy
-Contracting certain respiratory infections in early childhood
-Exposure to cigarette smoke
-Exposure to some airborne allergens and viral infections during early childhood as the immune system develops.
-Family history of asthma
-Obesity
-Other allergens like animal dander, mold
-Pollen

Asthma Symptoms:
-Wheezing
-Chest tightness
-Shortness of breath
-Chronic cough


Resource Links:

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
www.aafa.org
1-800-7-ASTHMA

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Welcome to the Lungs for Life BREATHE blog. It is here that I hope to keep you informed, provide resources and just stay in touch with asthma, cystic fibrosis, organ donation and transplant communities.

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The teal-green lung(s) graphic images were designed and generously donated to Lungs for Life by a young man, James Binegar, who lost his fight with cystic fibrosis while waiting transplant. We deeply appreciate James' work on our graphics and for donating his time to LFL. He will be missed but his memory will live on through our use of his graphics.

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