I’ve met a lot of people both in and out of the doctor’s office who suffer from asthma, and many of them have the same problem: they’re too focused on treating the symptoms of their asthma and not enough on its causes. Yes, it’s wise to heed the advice of those who recommend that people with asthma carry inhalers for emergencies, but I also subscribe to the adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” If more asthmatics understood the underlying causes of their disease, they’d have an easier time managing their symptoms.
That’s why I was pleased to see a study on asthma management in a recent issue of the Journal of Asthma, a respected medical publication. The study, which has a long title and is very technical, explores the relationship between exposure to indoor and outdoor allergens and asthma. The basic idea is that most people with asthma are also sensitized to one or more airborne allergens, or “aeroallergens.”
This type of asthma is commonly called “allergy induced asthma,” and people who have it are at risk of more than just aRead More