Sensitivity to Wood Smoke - Another Asthma Issue

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Sensitivity to Wood Smoke - Another Asthma Issue

Postby Wilberforce » Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:52 pm

Sensitivity to Wood Smoke - Another Asthma Issue

There are many aspects of good health that we take for granted, and the ability to breathe easily is certainly one of them. But if you're among the many who develop asthma, you'll quickly realize just how important this basic autonomous function really is. Asthma has a huge impact on your ability to breathe, and it can also trigger a wide range of different symptoms. Some of these are minor while others are incredibly serious. If you've been diagnosed with asthma then knowing just which symptoms are possible is a good idea. This way you can work to prevent them and recognize them quickly when they do occur. Sensitivity to wood smoke is one of the more prevalent issues that those with asthma will face.

Asthma is a condition that affects the airways in the chest and lungs by inflaming them. When they become inflamed, the passageway that air moves through will become narrower and it will become far more difficult to breathe. This issue is heightened through exposure to certain irritants, and a sensitivity to these things will develop quickly. Knowing that certain things can trigger an asthma attack or just increased difficulty in your breathing is important to prevent major complications and problems from occurring.

Basically, sensitivity to wood smoke functions almost like an allergic reaction. The exposure to the smoke, even if it's indirect, can cause the asthma to flare up and narrow your airways even further than they may already be. As a result, the only real way to ensure that you don't suffer from this symptom is simply to avoid the source of wood smoke altogether. Obviously this isn't always possible, and the use of regular medications and treatments suggested by your physician will help reduce the severity and frequency of asthma problems triggered by wood smoke. But it's still in your best interests to avoid it whenever you can.

Asthma can reduce quality of life, make it harder to go about daily functions, and have a large impact on many other aspects of your life. But it's important to remember that with proper treatment you will be able to avoid the more serious issues. Sensitivity to wood smoke is only one symptom of asthma, but it's one that you should bear in mind whenever you go about your day. Limiting exposure is the easiest way to prevent major issues from occurring as a result of this asthma symptom. ... smoke.html



Most of us think of excess mucus as a problem that only strikes during cold and flu season. In fact, excess mucus can have many causes, and symptoms can hit at any time of year. Excess mucus symptoms can include

chest congestion
chesty cough, especially early in the morning
wet cough
a hacking cough with mucus
frequent throat-clearing
excess mucus in nose and sinuses

If you’ve got one of these symptoms, then you’ve probably got a problem with excess mucus. But what’s causing it?
The common cold

Colds are caused by viruses. They are spread from person to person, and you can catch one through direct contact or by ingesting fluid, such as saliva, that contains a cold virus. While cold weather doesn’t directly cause colds, rhinovirus – the most common cause of colds – is better able to reproduce at cooler temperatures.

Try taking an expectorant
Medicines containing guaifenesin, an expectorant, help thin and loosen excess mucus. They get the mucus moving again, and make coughs more productive, so it’s easier for your body to expel the excess mucus.

Allergies can stimulate your body to produce excess mucus, adding to congestion. This kind of mucus congestion is most common in spring (allergy season) but some allergies, such as dust mites, can occur year-round.
Environmental pollutants

Environmental pollutants can also trigger your body to start overproducing mucus. These can include outdoor pollutants, such as

car or diesel exhaust
wood smoke
industrial exhaust

Or indoor pollutants, such as

cigarette smoke
pet fur
household chemicals

Chronic disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is the umbrella term for a group of chronic lung diseases that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Symptoms of these diseases may include:

increased breathlessness
smoker’s cough
excess mucus
frequent coughing (with and without mucus)
tightness in the chest

These conditions can be serious, so if you have these symptoms, it’s important to talk to your doctor.

As you can see, many of the causes of excess mucus are not limited to a particular time of year, whether it’s cold and flu season, or allergy season. They can strike you at any time. And the really annoying thing is, these symptoms don’t always go away by themselves fast enough.
Excess mucus: why it’s a problem

Mucus is a part of our body’s frontline defence against infection. It’s produced by the mucus membranes which line your mouth, nose, throat, sinuses and lungs, and it works with your cilia, the tiny hairs which line your airways. Mucus traps particles, such as:


to stop them entering your system.

When mucus becomes too thick, dense or dry, it can build up in your airways, preventing the cilia from doing its work of transporting unwanted particles out of your body, and creating an unhealthy environment. This triggers your body’s cough reflex, as your body tries to expel the build-up of mucus, leading to wet or nagging coughs.

We can’t always avoid the things that cause excess mucus. But knowing what could be excess mucus triggers is a good first step.

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• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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