Asthma

Asthma is a chronic disease involving inflammation of the airways in the lungs.

If you have asthma your airways are always inflamed. They become swollen and the muscles around the airways can tighten when something triggers your symptoms. This causes symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and/or chest tightness.

About 1 in 10 children (10%) had asthma and 1 in 12 adults (8%) had asthma in 2009.

Approximately 40% of children who have asthmatic parents will develop asthma

About 70% of asthmatics also have allergies

The World Health Organization states:
Although the fundamental causes of asthma are not completely understood, the strongest risk factors for developing asthma are inhaled asthma triggers. These include:
* indoor allergens (for example house dust mites in bedding, carpets and stuffed furniture, pollution and pet dander);
* outdoor allergens (such as pollens and molds);
* tobacco smoke; and
* chemical irritants in the workplace.

Airway remodeling is caused by long term airway inflammation . Airway remodeling causes permanent changes in the structures of the lungs which lead to reduced lung function. Children who develop asthma at a very young age and severe asthmatics are more at risk. Doing everything you can to prevent asthma attacks and symptoms as soon as possible can prevent irreversible damage.

Proper medical treatment and environmental controls are essential to prevent these permanent structural changes in the lungs. . A critical step is to do everything you can to avoid your known triggers. Indoor air pollution can cause asthma.

In 2008 less than half of people with asthma reported being taught how to avoid triggers. Almost half (48%) of adults who were taught how to avoid triggers did not follow most of this advice.
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Vital Signs, May 2011.)

Avoiding and reducing exposure to asthma triggers is important to prevent asthma symptoms.

The Austin Air filter will remove 99.97% of pollen. mold, dust, animal dander , smoke, fragrances and chemicals from the air.

If you sleep at night breathing only pure, clean air, your body can recover from daytime exposures. It will reduce your total “allergic load”, the amount you can tolerate before becoming symptomatic.

Create a safe oasis in your own home.