May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Coincidentally it is also peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers, and allergens can trigger asthma.
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways. The inflammation, which makes it difficult to breathe, also causes the airways to produce large amounts of mucus. This may cause plugging of the inflamed airways, making it even harder to breathe.
In addition to indoor and outdoor allergies, asthma triggers include:
• Cigarette smoke
• Air pollution
• Acid reflux
• Infections such as flu and sinus problems
• Weather – sudden changes in cold or heat
• Excessive crying or laughing
• Vocal chord problems
Click here for more information about treatment for severe asthma.