Asthma is a condition that restricts breathing due to inflammation in the lungs or airways. When this inflammation occurs, bronchi in the lungs can spasm and cause breathing difficulties, such as wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. Breathing is often further impeded by the production of excess mucus in the lungs to soothe and protect the inflamed bronchi. Asthma can be hereditary, but it can also be triggered by an allergic reaction or stress.
An asthma attack is a sudden onset of symptoms of asthma often unexpected by the patient. When the lungs become stimulated by an allergen, stress, or another factor, the bronchi release mucus which clogs up the airways. In addition, the muscles tense up, creating a restricted airflow that complicates the breathing process further. Finally, additional mucus can be created in an attempt to reduce pain but only further complicates the process. When combined, this leads to tightness in the chest, anxiety, tightened muscles, and shortness of breath.
Asthma is a chronic condition that to date has no cure. However, there are numerous treatments that allow for healthy living and functioning. Steroid inhalers allow for rapid reduction in inflammation of the lungs and bronchi. Patients can find relief and reduction of pain and discomfort of shortness of breath. In addition, longer term medications are implemented to reduce overall inflammation and symptoms. Through short-term inhalers and long-term medications, Dr. Albert Boyd can prescribe treatment that allows patients to have the maximum relief.
As for most chronic conditions, improvements in diet and exercise will benefit many people. Weight reduction will allow for less pressure on the airways which will improve overall breathing. Many patients find the breathing exercises in yoga help to strengthen their lungs and alleviate some symptoms. These breathing exercises can also help the patient control their panic response when an attack occurs, thereby relieving some stress.
Allergens can be a cause of distress and difficult choices may have to be made regarding animals and plants in the home. It is recommended that asthma sufferers have their homes thoroughly and regularly dusted and vacuumed to prevent the accumulation of allergens. Dr. Boyd will prescribe the most effective methods to decrease asthma reactions and allow you to breath easier.
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