Asthma

Doctors define asthma as a “chronic inflammatory disease of the airway.”  Symptoms include shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, coughing and wheezing. Asthma is a chronic condition, meaning it needs to be monitored and controlled throughout your entire life.  Even in this day and age, Asthma is an ongoing battle for more then 3 Million Canadians.

It is the most common chronic disease of childhood affecting 12.5% of children.  The unpleasant condition is quite common but is anything but simple.  Symptoms can vary widely from person to person and from situation to situation.  Some asthmatic patients will have mild symptoms while others could have more severe symptoms.  We are still unsure of the cause of Asthma and unfortunately no cure has been discovered either.  The upside is that there are many things you can do to live almost symptom-free.

Triggers

Triggers are factors in your environment that cause the inflammation; the result is tightening of the airway muscles. These can be elements such as pet dander, dust mites and pollen or can be non – allergic such as exercise and viral infections.  Only those with allergic asthma have symptoms triggered by allergens.  About 80 – 90 % of adults with Asthma have allergic triggers.  House dust and dust mites are also risk factors.  There is evidence that shows an increased risk for developing asthma if you are exposed to a large amounts of dust mites at an early age.

Asbestos in your home can also be a reason  that can trigger asthma. Read more about asbestos and asbestos remediation here >>

First Aid

If you have a person in your home living with Asthma, it is important to know what to do in case of an emergency. For that it is highly recommended for people that live, work or study with an individual that suffers asthma to take first aid training.