Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the bronchial tubes of the lungs. If you suffer from asthma, your airways become inflamed and irritated upon exposure to an asthmatic trigger (such as cold air, smoke, or exercise). As your airways become further inflamed it can become difficult to breath, possibly even to a life-threatening extent. It is believed that asthma is caused by a genetic predisposition to the disease, along with other factors, e.g. environmental pollution, cigarette smoke, or allergies to such things as pollen, dust mites, and even chemicals like perfumes or preservatives in foods.
Despite being a chronic disease, asthma is very manageable. Other than trying to avoid asthmatic triggers, your doctor will likely suggest using a short-acting bronchodilator for acute asthma attacks, which should be carried with you at all times. You may also be prescribed a longer-acting bronchodilator to help manage more serious asthma. Steroidal inhalers are also available for more severe asthma, although they take longer to work and cannot be used in emergencies. There are potential side effects to steroidal drugs when used for long periods of time, such as osteoporosis, muscle weakness, and increased susceptibility to infection.
Chiropractic care is excellent for asthma as it can improve your breathing and help open up your airways. Acupuncture and TCM can help you breath better, and diet modification is very important with this chronic disease (for example, dairy products should be avoided). Massage therapy can help reduce stress levels, and improve lung function.
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