What is Asthma?
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways that causes symptoms such as shortness of breath, tightness of the chest, coughing and wheezing. Asthma causes inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial tubes, resulting in limited airflow and difficulty breathing. The muscles of the airways are usually relaxed, but they are often inflamed and sensitive in asthmatics. When people with asthma experience asthmatic crisis, these muscles respond by tightening even more, swelling and filling the lining of the airways with mucus. This makes it very hard to breathe and contributes to signs of asthma or an exacerbation of asthma, also known as an asthma attack. Asthma may affect individuals of all ages, but although it can be mild for some, it may be more extreme for others. It can have a significant effect on regular daily activities for those seriously affected by asthma or cause life-threatening asthmatic attacks. In the United States, about 19.2 million adults and 5.5 million kids have asthma. Fortunately, advanced healthcare options exist such as Biomagnetism therapy that attempts to restore balance to the body naturally through the use of magnets.
Symptoms of Asthma
Common symptoms of asthma include:
- Coughing, especially at night
- Chest tightness, pain, or pressure
- Shortness of breath
Not every asthmatic experiences the same symptoms. Episodes of moderate asthma are usually very common. Extreme episodes are less frequent, but last longer. To help avoid serious episodes and maintain better control of asthma, it is important to identify and treat even mild symptoms.
The causes of Asthma
It’s not known precisely what the causes of asthma are, but it’s worth saying that asthma causes, and asthma triggers are not the same thing. The causes of asthma are what lead someone to develop the condition in the first place. Asthma is thought to be caused by a variety of things, including genetics, environmental factors and early illness. Risk factors which could lead someone to develop asthma include:
- A family history of asthma or allergies such as hay fever.
- Early exposure to tobacco smoke
- Occupational exposure to dust or chemical fumes
- Suffering bronchiolitis (a lung infection) as a child
- Premature birth
- Mother who smoked during pregnancy
- Low birth weight
Symptoms and attacks of asthma can be triggered by exposure to a range of toxic and non-toxic elements, airborne irritants, conditions and activities that can make your lungs worse. Triggers vary from person to person, so it’s best to understand your own triggers as much as possible and avoid exposure to them..
The airways are usually open to the lungs, allowing air to move freely into and out of the lungs. People who have asthma, however, have delicate airways that are aggravated and inflamed. Symptoms of asthma are caused when the airways tighten or shrink in response to the triggers, resulting in less breathing space in the airways.
The symptoms of asthma can be triggered by various irritants, substances and circumstances. The known triggers of asthma include:
- Exposure to smoke, fumes or pollution
- Allergic reactions, such as to dust mites, feathers, animal fur, or pollen
- Changes in weather, including thunderstorms, cold air, heat, humidity or any sudden change in temperature
- Respiratory infections such as colds or flu
- Taking medicines, such as anti-inflammatory painkillers
- Physical activity, especially if doing so in dry weather and cold
- Being exposed to damp or mould
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), where stomach acid comes back up into your throat.
- Sulphites and preservatives added to some foods and beverages, including shrimp, dried fruit, processed potatoes, wine and beer
- Experiencing strong emotions such as stress
If the person is aware of the potential triggers, the person should try to avoid them, where possible to help control the asthma.
Types of asthma
The three common types of asthma are as follows:
- Nocturnal asthma: This is the most common type of asthma. Usually, the symptoms are more eminent at night. The Asthmatic person may wake up coughing, wheezing, or with chest pains. Sometimes, normal heartburn can trigger asthma symptoms at night.
- Allergic asthma/seasonal asthma: Inhaling allergens is the most common trigger for inducing allergic asthma. Allergens may include dust mites, mold, pollen or pet dander. Sometimes, allergic asthma may be due to persons occupation (metal,paint, or gas). Few clients may develop asthma only during the winter or cold season because cold may trigger asthma attacks.
- Exercise-induced asthma: In specific cases, physical exertion by the person during exercise may cause asthma. The most common signs of exercise-induced asthma are wheezing and coughing. Within a few minutes of exercise, the symptoms begin and peak or worsen a few minutes after stopping the exercise.
Other types of asthma includes the following:
- Occupational asthma: This is common in carpenters, hairdressers, animal breeders, and farmers who are exposed to allergens at their workplace.
- Cough variant asthma: The primary feature of this asthma is severe coughing, rather than wheezing. It may be triggered by infections or exercises.
It’s important to educate yourself about your health condition and its symptoms. The more a person comes to know about his health condition the more proactive he can be in improving his/her lung function. Many of the Biomagnetism pairs for Asthma can be found in the Beyond Biomag 3D App. Give them all a try and observe how you feel afterward. It’s always a good idea to place the same magnet pairs on yourself and partner once again about 10 to 15 days later just in case.
Give Biomagnetism an opportunity to help your body heal naturally. Biomagnetic therapy, along with lifestyle changes may be combined with other techniques in combination to help you feel better faster.