Summer Heat's Affect on Asthma

Extreme summer heat is gripping the central states, Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center of Knoxville, TN is reminding everyone of the dangers of asthma.
By: The Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center of Tennessee
July 2, 2012 - PRLog -- From Allergy Asthma & Sinus Center, an estimated 17 million people living in the United States have self-reported asthma. Asthma is a chronic disease marked by wheezing, chest tightness and/or shortness of breath.

Any of the symptoms below can be a sign of asthma:
•   Excessive coughing while exercising or following exercise;
•   Shortness of breath;
•   Wheezing while breathing;
•   A tight feeling in the chest

If you or someone you know experiences the above conditions, consult an allergist . Your allergist will be able to tell you the causes of your symptoms. If allergies are left untreated they can develop into asthma, so it’s important to see an allergist when you first start experiencing problems. Visit for more information.

Asthma symptoms are caused by the constriction (tightening of the muscles) and the inflammation (swelling and irritation) of the airways. Constriction and inflammation of the airways and increased mucosa make it difficult and sometimes impossible to breathe.
What causes asthma?

Allergens, irritants, respiratory infections and/or exercise can trigger asthma symptoms. Asthma is often placed in different categories according to symptom “triggers.”

For example:
Non-allergic asthma is triggered by irritants in the air that you breathe such as poor air quality on hot days, tobacco smoke, wood smoke, room deodorizers, fresh paint, perfume, etc.

Allergic asthma is triggered by allergic reactions to allergens such as pet dander, dust or dust mite, mold or pollen.

Seasonal asthma is triggered by seasonal allergic reactions to allergens such as trees, grasses or weeds.

Exercise-induced asthma is triggered by exercise or physical activity.

Nocturnal asthma can occur in a patient with any type of asthma, though the asthma symptoms will increase or worsen at night.

For treatment, it is important to recognize asthma “triggers.” Airway inflammation may always be there, even when you are seemingly symptom-free.

If you exhibit any symptoms of asthma, it is important to contact your medical provider.  Feel free to contact Allergy Asthma & Sinus Center, with your questions.
Source:The Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center of Tennessee
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