What is Asthma?
Millions of people worldwide struggle with asthma. A common lung condition that causes trouble breathing, asthma symptoms can be mild or severe. With milder conditions, the individual can live normally with only slight symptoms which can be treated with an inhaler. Regular exercise and healthy eating can also help to keep them well. However, if the asthma is more serious or difficult to control, it can result in emergency care and hospitalization.
Asthma transpires when the airways within the lungs narrow and produce excess mucus. This interferes with regular breathing and often results in the onset of symptoms such as coughing fits, wheezing and shortness of breath.
The exact cause of asthma is currently unknown. While it often starts during childhood, it may also develop during adulthood as well.
Common symptoms of asthma include:
Coughing or wheezing
Shortness of breath
Symptoms often occur in response to a trigger. Triggers include allergies, certain weather conditions, mould or damp air, some medicines, exercise, and even emotions.
A variety of difficulties can arise as a result of asthma. These include:
Difficulties in school as a result of continued asthma attacks or coughing fits
Struggles with working due to dust, allergies, or other factors that may trigger coughing or trouble breathing
Inability to function socially
Challenges with athletic performance
Impact on quality of life
Asthma can significantly impair regular functioning. It is crucial that an individual gets help immediately upon the first symptoms of asthma or upon initial diagnosis of their asthma.
Asthma does not have a cure, but fortunately, it is treatable. The condition can be affected by our diet because nutrition affects our intestinal lining and health, and therefore our immune system. Exposure to toxins, strong emotions and stress can also trigger asthma symptoms.
How we can help?
The best treatments for asthma are with various forms of Psychotherapy such as Clinical Hypnosis (addresses root causes), as well as with Functional Medicine (addresses nutrition, and toxin exposure). Life Coaching can help with managing triggers and also better preparation for attacks.