Asthma
is an intermittent disease caused by hyperactive airways (bronchial tubes), and affects children and adults of all ages.  The most common cause of asthma in all ages is allergy.  Asthma may require hospitalization and can be serious and life threatening. 

Adult Asthma Sufferers have one or more of the following complaints:

  • Chronic cough, specially worst at night or with exertion
  • Shortness of breath on exertion
  • Wheezing, a whistling noise from the lungs
  • Chest tightness
  • Production of stringy sputum
  • Periods of no or minimal symptoms
  • Many visits to physicians, clinics or hospitals for emergency care

Children Asthma Sufferers have one or more of the following complaints:               

  • Many of the symptoms are the same as with adults
  • Unable to participate in sports
  • Poor performance in gym. classes
  • Generally irritable and abnormal behavior
  • Physically not active
  • ADHD
  • Poor performance and poor grades in school
  • Many foods bring the asthma
  • Many visits to physicians, clinics or hospitals for emergency care

Symptoms are usually intermittent but gradually progressive to the extent that the disease progresses unnoticed even by the afflicted individuals themselves, their family, or even their health care provider.  Early detection and early treatment to somehow slowdown the progression of the disease and prevent serious complications and premature death.

Allergy is the most common cause of asthma in all ages. If asthma is neglected and not treated can lead to emphysema.  Cigarette smoking can result in emphysema and chronic bronchitis, although many of the emphysema and chronic bronchitis sufferers have never smoked.  The role that allergy and asthma play in leading to emphysema is being aggressively investigated at this time.

Early detection and early treatment will slowdown the progression of the disease and prevent serious complications and premature death.
Paying no or insufficient attention to the slowly progressive symptoms of asthma, and leaving it unchecked is a serious mistake.  The use of lung function tests is highly recommended for early detection of asthma.

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