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Overview of Asthma

Asthma is a chronic lung disease where inflammation causes your airways to narrow. Even though asthma is not considered an autoimmune disease, it is a chronic illness which requires the same attention as any other chronic illness. If you have asthma and an autoimmune disease, it is important to keep both under control to prevent one disease from affecting the other. (Also see: Autoimmune Diseases)
Asthma. If you have asthma, the inside walls of your airways become sore and swollen. That makes them very sensitive, and they may react strongly to things that you are allergic to or find irritating. When your airways react, they get narrower and your lungs get less air. This can cause wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and trouble breathing, especially early in the morning or at night. Medline Plus.

Asthma and Autoimmunity

Subsequent Autoimmune or Related Disease in Asthma Patients: Clustering of Diseases or Medical Care? Asthma includes immunological components that may share mechanisms with autoimmune diseases. We analyzed the subsequent occurrence of any of 22 autoimmune and related conditions in hospitalized asthma patients. Annals of Epidemiology. Vol 20, Issue 3, Pages 217-222, March 2010.

Causes of Asthma

Asthma Causes. While asthma is generally caused by allergy to some foreign substance (allergen) or irritant, no extrinsic trigger can be found in some types of asthma. Johns Hopkins.
Asthma Causes. It isn't clear why some people get asthma and others don't, but it's probably due to a combination of environmental and genetic (inherited) factors. Mayo Clinic.
Genetic Test Could Predict Which Kids Will Have Lasting Asthma Symptoms. Half of children with asthma will continue to suffer from the respiratory disorder as adults, and a new genetic test could reveal who remains at risk past childhood. Times Healthland, 06/28/2013.

Asthma Treatments

Asthma Treatments and Drugs. Treatment for asthma generally involves avoiding the things that trigger your asthma attacks and taking one or more asthma medications. Mayo Clinic.

Personal Stories of Asthma

Dani: Chronic Adult Onset Asthma In the year 2000, a bad winter hit Woodland Hills, California. I was on my way to work...
Flora: Systemic Scleroderma with Bronchial Allergic Asthma I want to encourage all the people who suffer from scleroderma like me, so that they manage to beat this disease.
Beverly: CREST Scleroderma I began experiencing symptoms of Asthma, and Raynaud's Disease around 1996.
Jo P: Limited Scleroderma and Raynaud's I am fifty-four years old, married and work as a receptionist in a small northern Minnesota town.
Kath: Systemic Sclerosis (Scleroderma) I believe this all began when I first developed allergies after I became pregnant...
Lois: Fibromyalgia with Possible CREST When I was in tenth grade, Raynaud's started and a horrible kind of rash, which I still have thirty years later.
Jessica: Morphea I have always been an 'ill' child: eczema, asthma, hayfever and loads of allergies.
Stefan: Progressive Systemic Sclerosis Frankly it is terrifying to have this diagnosis but at the same time I at last know what is happening and that I am not imagining all these diffuse problems.
Papa V: Lupus (SLE), Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS), Myasthenia Gravis (MG), Scleroderma I finally got diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), fibromyalgia, then Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS) was added along with Myasthenia Gravis. And now after more symptoms I also have scleroderma.
William M: Autoimmune Disease My rheumatologist is still not sure if it's Scleroderma, Lupus, or some combination. I think it is Systemic Scleroderma due my medical history and current signs and symptoms...My asthma has also become much more of a problem and I stay short of breath most of the time even with the oxygen.
 
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