Asthma can be described as having “twitchy airways” this is because the bronchial airways suddenly contract; there is tightness in your chest and you become short of breath and you start to cough and wheeze.
If you’re under 40 the likelihood of your asthma being triggered by an allergy is thought to be about 90%. Nowadays it is thought that pollen allergies, animal fluff, dust mites and mould are probably the most likely culprits for the increase in the incidence of people suffering from asthma like symptoms.
After the age of 40 the percentage falls to about 50% with the other 50% thought to be caused by other diseases such as COPD or Emphysema.
Asthma is a reversible disease and as long as it is controlled by the correct medication and a great deal of common sense then it doesn’t have to be a life sentence, all you have to do is remember your triggers and avoid them as much as possible, this includes:
* Staying out of smoked filled rooms, even if you don’t smoke yourself you still shouldn’t be around people who do even if they are not smoking in front of you, cigarette smoke can cling to their clothes and if you are hypersensitive it could trigger an attack. Asthmatic children are especially vulnerable.
* If you suffer from asthma you’ll probably find that fireplaces and wood burners exacerbate your asthma problem, if you don’t have much choice about living with them then you should ensure the room is well ventilated and the chimney is airtight.