By Joanne Clough
This guide offers transparent and concise info on asthma - what they're, how they increase and the way to house them. It covers a vast variety of asthma, together with bronchial asthma, eczema, dermatitis, hayfever, meals bronchial asthma and anaphylaxis. The advisor deals solutions to real-life questions requested through individuals with asthma; functional recommendation on easy methods to deal with asthma in way of life; find out how to take care of a kid's hypersensitive reaction; undeniable English reasons of clinical terminology; suggestion on use of complementary remedies to regard bronchial asthma; and what to do in emergencies.
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Not all people with asthma have the same trigger factors, and so something that causes you frequent problems might have no effect on someone else. You may not know all of the triggers that affect your asthma. Some are obvious, others less so. You can read more about identifying trigger factors in Appendix 1. A ASTHMA | 35 The most common triggers are: • The common cold virus (upper respiratory tract infections) Most people’s asthma gets worse when they develop a cold. This is particularly true in children, for whom this might be the only trigger.
Although these symptoms seem quite different from each other, they are all caused by the same process. Inflammation is your body’s natural response when it feels it is under attack, and the process is designed to protect your body against the spread of an injury or infection. If you have an allergy, your body treats an allergen as an attacker, and sets up the inflammatory process. To start with, the allergen must gain access to your body, and this is usually through your nose, lungs or skin, or by mouth, into your bowel.
36 | A LLE R GI E S: AN SW E RS AT YO U R FIN G E R TIPS • Foods It is a common misconception that foodstuffs such as milk products or preservatives are frequent triggers for asthma. In fact, it is relatively unusual for them to have this effect. There is no doubt that food allergies exist, but they tend to cause other allergic problems such as eczema or urticaria (both discussed in Chapter 3), and are rarely responsible for triggering asthma. An exception is sulphites, found in dried fruits, wine and shellfish.
Allergies (At Your Fingertips) by Joanne Clough