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Asthma

Asthma causes the airways of the lungs to swell and narrow, leading to wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing.

It is distinguished by bronchial hyper-responsiveness, which is an exaggerated response of the airway characterized by swelling (edema) and infiltration of inflammatory immune cells.

Allergens and inflammatory cytokines are typical culprits involved in triggering asthmatic attacks (Morris 2012). Asthma symptoms include wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. The disease affects people of all ages, but often begins during childhood. In the United States, more than 22 million people have asthma.

Asthma therapies aim to reduce this inflammation and improve airway function. Conventional treatment modalities can effectively treat asthma in many cases; but for those with chronic, severe asthma, long-term use of glucocorticoids is linked to detrimental side effects like bone fractures and adrenal dysfunction (Vestergaard 2007; Pauwels 1998).

An underutilized tool in the battle against asthma is blood testing for environmental and food allergens and for less conspicuous food sensitivities that may trigger inflammation. When potential triggers have been identified, many asthma patients may be able to improve their quality of life by avoiding exposures or eliminating foods to which their immune system is highly reactive (Young 2011; Wang 2005; Lee 2011; Shakib 1986).

In this protocol, you will learn what causes asthma and how lifestyle and dietary choices can mitigate asthma exacerbations. You will also learn which medical treatments can help relieve symptoms and discover that emerging drug strategies appear promising. Lastly, you will read about several natural compounds that may complement conventional treatment strategies and target asthmatic inflammation from multiple angles.