Asthma is a condition that particularly affects the breathing passages of the lungs. Asthma is caused by chronic inflammation of these airways. The breathing airways of asthma sufferers are highly sensitive and susceptible to various "triggers." While asthma cannot be cured, it can be controlled. Proper treatment can reduce the frequencies and severity of attacks.
How Does It Occur?
When the inflammation is "triggered" by a combination of internal/external factors, air passages swell and fill up with mucus. Muscles within the breathing passages contract to cause further narrowing of the airways. Air is thus prevented from being exhaled from the lungs. This resistance will result in an asthma attack.
Exact causes of asthma are not known. Environment factors and allergies may all contribute to attacks. Possible triggers include exposure to smoke, polluted air, respiratory irritants such as perfumes, allergy-causing substances (allergens) such as mould or dust, exposure to cold, dry weather, emotional excitement, stress, physical exertion or exercise, menstruation, etc.
Common symptoms of an asthma attack include wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, coughing, and difficulty speaking.
If you are diagnosed with asthma, Functional Wellness can help alleviate symptoms by helping you breath in a more relaxed way. Also Functional Wellness focuses on promoting active, healthy lifestyles which can bear a significant effect by lowering frequencies and preventing recurrence of asthma attacks.