Asthmatics respiratory systems are overly sensitive to various irritants, which causes the muscles in the airways to contract. Asthma occurs when the airways of the lungs contract due to this muscle spasm and the respiratory tract (bronchi) become inflamed and congested with mucus. This causes difficulty in breathing. It is thought that asthma occurs due to genetic susceptibility.
The typical progress of symptoms begins with minimal shortness on heavy exertion, mild wheezing and coughing. It then progresses to shortness of breath on lesser degrees of exertion, and finally at rest, mild coughing which usually worsens at night, in cold air, or during exercise.
Natural remedies can treat asthma. These include: Using inhalers regularly, Abstain from smoking; Keep fit by means of regular exercise (but not overly strenuous); Monitor diet; Identify triggers and avoid them.
Asthma may also be treated by using alternative therapies. These include: Breathing exercises can assist in strengthening the muscles in the lungs. Massage is useful to aid the clearance of mucus from the lungs. Yoga, Acupuncture and Homeopathy can assist in the management of asthma.
In extreme cases, asthma can lead to respiratory failure
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