Healthy Living: Asthma

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Healthy Living: Asthma

Postby Wilberforce » Mon Jan 10, 2011 6:50 pm

01/07/2011 08:31 AM
Healthy Living: Asthma
By: Marcie Fraser

VIDEO CLIP HERE ... g--asthma/

If you have asthma, certain condition can make it worse, especially with cool Winter months, when cold and flu season is at it's highest.

"You or I, we get a cold and have a sore throat or stuffy nose, it goes away in a week we are fine. Somebody with asthma gets a cold, it's not such a small thing and may get a true exacerbation and worsening of their asthma," said Dr. David Palat

Most people have heard of asthma but do they know what happens when an asthma attack actually strikes?

"What happens those airways constrict they narrow and when those airways narrow or constrict, it is difficult to breath in but it particularly difficult to get breath out. As the airways narrow, it causes cough and when air flows through those narrow airways, that is the characteristic wheezing that we hear," said Palat.

The symptoms of coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath could be made worse by pollutants.

"Particles in the air like from cigarette smoke, wood smoke, air pollution, chemical fumes can be something to trigger episodes of asthma," Dr. Palat said.

Another big trigger can be cold air.

"Cold air causes heat loss in the air way which seems to make those airways constrict, so just being out in the cold breathing in that cold dry air can cause an episode of asthma," said Palat.

Dr. Palat says play it safe if it's chilly outside.

"Wrapping a scarf loosely around their mouth and the nose so the air they breath in is warm and moistened will make that less of a problem," he said.

Asthma can strike at any age and under certain circumstances like high intense cardio vascular exercise.

"There is a group of people that their asthma is quite mild however the only time they get symptoms is with exercise and it is thought in exercise induced asthma, we breathe through our mouths, we bring in large volumes of air when we are exercising and that air comes into our mouth, into our airways and causes that airway to cool and cause bronchial spasm," Palat said.

If you have asthma, protect yourself, avoid people with colds and get your flu shot.

source ... g--asthma/
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