How do you get asthma?

Here are the common causes of asthma. This list is not meant to be used as a reference for deciding what causes your asthma but as a starting point for a discussion on possible causes. Asthma is a disease that affects the respiratory system and affects the airways by either blocking or opening them. The airways become inflamed and produce mucus that causes congestion and difficulty breathing. There are a number of factors that increase the likelihood of developing asthma. Some of the causes of asthma can be controlled but others cannot.

11. Inflammation of the airways

The airways swell due to inflammation. This swelling prevents the airways from passing through. Another is due to inflammation in the chest. The muscles in the chest tighten and this narrows the airways preventing proper passage.

10. Environmental factors and allergies

Other causes are environmental factors and allergies. Pollens from trees and plants are responsible for triggering an attack. They are inhaled into the lungs causing irritation and inflammation of the linings of the airways. Another is exposure to animal dander. It is found on the skin, in the hair, and nail clippings. Animal dander contains a protein that triggers asthma.

9. Smoking

Another factor is smoking. Smoking increases mucous production and decreases the flow of airways. A study has shown that younger smokers had much tighter airways than non-smokers. It is therefore concluded that smoking is a cause of asthma.

8. Immune system changes

Another one is a change in the immune system. We get sick when our immunity decreases. When we become ill, we develop symptoms that include breathing problems. These symptoms can be from viral or bacterial infections.

7. Heart Disease

Although heart disease is less common in some parts of the world, it is definitely something that should be prevented. The causes of asthma are the same for people suffering from heart disease – the buildup of fatty plaques in the arteries, asthma, and COPD. Treatment is the same – control your stress and avoid environmental factors that may aggravate your condition. The common causes of asthma are smoking, increased anxiety, allergies, eczema, viral infections, fungi, molds, animals, and air pollution. The most important thing is to identify the asthma problem and take immediate steps to deal with it.

6. Sex

Males are more at risk than females when it comes to developing asthma due to common factors. If you are male, you are more likely to develop asthma than female, although the difference may be narrowing down with time. Your risk factors include your family history, how long you have been living with your parents (your family line), your occupation, your sex, your annual diet, your house dusting habits, and your hobbies. The treatment of asthma is basically the same for both genders – avoid exposure to irritants, control smoking, and control other symptoms such as tightness in the chest. This includes avoiding exercise that requires prolonged bending and lifting.

5. Virus

The common cold virus is not the only cause of asthma. It can also be triggered by exposure to airborne allergens such as dust mites, mold, and pollen. Some studies have shown that the herpes simplex virus can trigger asthma attacks in certain individuals. The treatment of the causes of asthma will then deal with the triggers themselves.

4. Obesity

Being overweight is not just about vanity – it is also associated with a number of health problems including asthma. This is because excess weight places excess pressure on the lungs and affects the blood vessels leading to the lungs. Some of the common causes of asthma are being overweight, puberty, pregnancy, menopause, and breastfeeding. The treatment of obesity is similar to treating the causes of asthma – avoid fatty foods, exercise regularly, eat right and reduce stress.

3. Pets

Having pets can trigger an asthmatic attack. Although many asthma sufferers do not have pets, it is still important to keep them off the house until the situation has settled down. Some dogs and cats can smell the smoke in a house and they are known to have an affinity for cigarette smoke. Other common causes of asthma include fungi and molds. Mold spores contain toxins that can irritate the airways causing a reaction in the respiratory system. These may then result in wheezing and coughing.

2. Stress

The increased tension, anxiety, and frustration that occur during periods of high stress is another one of the causes of asthma. This can lead to a number of problems and asthma is often a symptom of many of these problems. One of the symptoms of stress is an increased production of mucus, which can cause congestion. Other causes of asthma are poor diet, alcohol abuse, drug use, and obesity. The treatment of stress and anxiety is an important issue in addressing the symptoms of asthma.

1. Heredity

An inheritable genetic disorder is one of the most common causes of asthma. In a family history of asthma, one or more members may have developed the disease. The disease is more likely in males than in females and the tendency is stronger in children than adults. If your parents or grandparents have had the disorder, there is an increased chance that you will also develop it. Other causes of asthma include infections, allergies, eczema, smoking, pollution, and air pollution.

Asthma treatment :

Treatment for the causes is ongoing. Some get medication to control the symptoms. Some take anti-inflammatory medications and steroids. Others just live with the inconvenience and suffer. Luckily there is help available.

For the most part, prevention is the best cure. If you can avoid the triggers, you will not get an attack. Keep your home clean, dust-free, and uncluttered. If your home is full of clutter or you smoke, you should consider getting rid of the source of the problem.

Try walking when your breathing is heavy. Alternate side to side. You can also try to count to focus on your breathing. You want to work on keeping your balance as well.

To conclude :

If these techniques do not alleviate your symptoms, you should seek medical help. Asthma can become a very serious problem if left untreated. It causes your airways to become swollen and restricted, which makes it much more difficult for you to take deep breaths. Your symptoms can cause you to have an uncomfortable tight chest and difficulty in breathing. You need to learn the causes of asthma in order to prevent it from happening.

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