Problems with Asthma

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Problems with Asthma

Perhaps you, or someone you know, have problems with asthma. According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAA), about 25 million of the U.S. population suffered with asthma in 2009 and the rate has been steadily increasing.  The 2011 Global Report cites 235 million sufferers worldwide.

What, Exactly, is Asthma?

We all know what asthma is, right? It’s when someone can’t breathe and has to be rushed to the emergency room, right? Well, asthma does affect one’s breathing. It is a respiratory condition affecting the bronchial tubes and the lungs. Usually it is the result of an allergic reaction  but can also be the result of cold air, exercise, or emotional stress. An asthma attack is any acute change in normal asthma conditions that calls for external intervention. An asthma attack is accompanied by coughing or wheezing, tightness of chest, and difficulties breathing. An increase in medication may be needed at this time or a call to a physician.  Trouble talking and walking due to shortness of breath or blue lips or fingernails signal an immediate need for emergency care.

Tips for Problems with Asthma

As with many chronic illnesses and diseases, asthma can be kept in check by keeping an eye on the diet. Several studies have revealed relationships between increased fruit and vegetable intakes and reduced risk for asthma. A vegetarian diet has been found very beneficial for the majority of individuals suffering from chronic asthma. The fatty acid in animal products contributes greatly to allergic and inflammatory reaction of asthmatics. Following are some dietary tips for problems with asthma:

  • Limit intake of all animal products, including fish, meat, eggs and dairy products.
  • Eliminate coffee, tea, sugar (including chocolate and artificial sweeteners) from the diet.
  • Significantly limit salt intake.
  • Increase the intake of raw fruits and vegetables.
  • Exclude foods from the diet that contain additives.
  • Add onions and garlic to the diet.
  • Avoid Tylenol, aspirin, and other OTC drugs.

Having an asthma attack is not fun. Watching someone have an asthma attack is not fun, either. Let’s try to do whatever we can to prevent these attacks from occurring. The problems with asthma can be avoided or limited if we remember to apply all we know to alleviate the condition.

Do you have any tips for problems with asthma? Feel free to share below.

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Loraine R. Dégraff

Loraine is a passionate health and wellness writer and is particularly interested in working with the body through diet and nutrition. She currently lives in Queens, NY with her husband and 5 children and would love to talk "health" with you. View all posts with Health Tips.