|Asthma is a chronic condition that affects an overwhelming 20 million Americans. Furthermore, statistics reveal that asthma affects approximately 1 in 10 children in the United States, making it the most common chronic childhood disease to date. During an asthma attack, the lung’s airways (bronchioles) become inflamed, contract and become lined with excessive amounts of mucous—causing a restriction of airflow and making it very difficult to breathe.
These attacks are often triggered by pollution or some environmental irritant like cigarette smoke, household cleaning agents, or other toxins. Other common triggers include a change in air temperature or humidity; stress, allergies, and physical exertion.
Chronic asthma can be a frightening condition which often requires vigilant medical management to prevent and minimize the occurrence of acute attacks. This can take the form of conventional Western medicine, homeopathic or naturopathic treatment. While many asthma attacks are relatively mild and can be treated and controlled at home, some are more severe and may even require hospitalization.