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How to guide to asthma treatment part 1


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How to guide to asthma treatment part 1

  1. 1. How to Guide to Asthma Treatment Part 1 Development and Causes of Asthma
  2. 2. Development of Asthma Development of Asthma in an Individual is Not The Result of One Factor but Interaction of Different Factors
  3. 3. Factors Contributing to Development of Asthma Genetic Factors – Children of Asthmatic Parents Have a Higher Incidence of Asthma. An Associated Condition Such as Food Allergy in a Parent Can Also Result in Child Developing Asthma
  4. 4. Factors Contributing to Development of Asthma Child of a Mother Who Smoked During Pregnancy
  5. 5. Factors Contributing to Development of Asthma Premature or Low Birth Weight
  6. 6. Factors Contributing to Development of Asthma An Allergy to Food or a Drug Such as Penicillin Can be a Precursor to Asthma Developing in an Individual
  7. 7. Factors Contributing to Development of Asthma Lifestyle – Asthma is Often Referred to As the Modern Day Plague of the Developed World and Countries Which Adopt a Westernised Lifestyle
  8. 8. Factors Contributing to Development of Asthma Having Bronchitis or Similar Lung Infection as a Child can Lead to Development of Asthma in Later Life
  9. 9. Asthma Attack It is Important to Differentiate Between Asthma Attack Brought on by a Trigger and Asthma Itself A Trigger/Allergen Will Not Bring on an Asthma Attack Unless an Individual Has Asthma
  10. 10. Asthma Triggers Triggers or Allergens in The Environment Irritate the Lungs and Bronchial Passages of an Asthmatic Leading to Constriction of the Smooth Muscle Lining the Bronchial Passages and Production of Excess Mucus
  11. 11. Common Asthma Triggers <ul><li>Dust Mites </li></ul><ul><li>Mould Spores </li></ul><ul><li>Cigarette Smoke </li></ul><ul><li>Industrial Pollution </li></ul>
  12. 12. Common Asthma Triggers <ul><li>Being Overweight or Excess Body Fat Round Stomach Pressing on Your Lungs </li></ul><ul><li>Dog or Cat Dander </li></ul><ul><li>Tree or Flower Pollen </li></ul><ul><li>Stress – Scourge of the Modern World </li></ul>
  13. 13. Common Asthma Triggers <ul><li>Preservatives in Foods e.g. Sulphites </li></ul><ul><li>Phosphates in Cleaning Materials </li></ul><ul><li>Chest and Viral Infections </li></ul><ul><li>Laughter or Other Emotions </li></ul>
  14. 14. Common Asthma Triggers <ul><li>Medication Containing Aspirin </li></ul><ul><li>Exposure to Cold, Dry Air </li></ul>
  15. 15. Common Asthma Triggers Triggers are Person Specific – What Causes an Attack in One Person May Not Cause an Attack in Another
  16. 16. Total Allergen Load A Further Factor Which May Trigger an Asthma Attack is the Concept of Total Allergen Load Whereby There is Threshold Which if You go Over This Value an Asthma Attack Will Occur
  17. 17. For Further Information on the Development of Asthma, Asthma Triggers and Total Allergen Load Visit