Allergy & Asthma Care Information - asthma and reactive airways disease
WHAT IS ASTHMA? (ALSO CALLED REACTIVE AIRWAY DISEASE OR BRONCHOSPASM)
The primary cause of hyper-reactive airways is allergic inflammation which causes the inner lining of airways to swell and exude fluids and white blood cells to move into airways much as in an infection. White blood cells (T-lymphocte cells or T-cells) attack dust, mold, animal danders, or pollens landing on the airways, and recruit many other inflammatory cells into the airways making them congested and over-active. When airways become inflamed by allergies, this can be likened to breathing through straws with a layer of mayonnaise coating the inside. Such “allergic inflammation” of a airway can cause wheezing, increased mucosy cough, chest tightness, and trapping of air in the lungs–all parts of asthma.
DO YOU HAVE TO BE ALLERGIC TO HAVE ASTHMA?
No, you do not have to be allergic in order to have asthma, but the great majority (80-90%) of symptomatic asthma patients do have allergies. If you have irritant sensitivity and also are allergic, then allergies are usually the primary causes of symptoms and allergy treatments are most important. That is why treatment of any existing allergies is so important if you have reactive airways.
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