Archive for August 24, 2010

Asthma is a serious chronic lung disease which causes difficulty breathing. There are 22 million people and 6 million children afflicted with asthma in our country. Everyday is the US 40,000 people will miss work or school 30,000 will have an attack 5,000 will visit the emergency room 1,000 will be admitted to the hospital and 11 will die.

So what is it and what causes it? Asthma symptoms are caused primarily due to constriction, tightening of the muscles surrounding the airways, and inflammation, soreness, swelling and irritation of the airways in the lungs. This constriction causes the person to have difficulty breathing and can be triggered by a multitude of causes. Things such as allergies to grass, hay, mold, pets, etc. can cause an attack. So can exercise and cold dry temperatures.

We spoke with Louis Libby, MD of Providence ALS Center, a pulmonologist. He is an expert on asthma. He gave us not only a better understanding of what prompts asthma attacks but how to prevent them. We even learned a few tips on how to deal with an attack when your inhaler is not present. To hear this interview click here. Dr Libby is also affiliated with the Oregon Clinic.

Also find asthma info from The American Lung Association.

Stay healthy and breathe well!

Eleni K