Have Asthma? Here are 7 Triggers

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.

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Calcium-Rich Foods

Figs_HealthyFoodsOsteoporosisMilk isn’t the only calcium-rich food you can eat. The food pictured here is a good source of calcium too. Visit the  National Osteoporosis Foundation to find a list of other foods that contain the bone-building nutrient.

 

 

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