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Overview of Asthma

Asthma KaleidoscopeAsthma 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: Young people in the UK 'more likely to die'. Young people in the UK are more likely to die from asthma than those in other wealthy countries, a report has found. BBC Health News, 02/20/2019.

The asthma talk teens need before they leave for college. When teens have asthma, the “sex talk” isn’t the only tough discussion parents should make sure kids get before heading off to college. Reuters Health, 05/11/2016.

Asthma and Autoimmunity

Autoantibody profiles and their association with blood eosinophils in asthma and COPD. It is possible that asthma tends to involve autoimmunity associated with antinuclear antibody more frequently than COPD because asthma is the more robust factor for antinuclear antibody positivity. PubMed, Allergol Int, 08/31/2016.

Causes of Asthma

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.

Investigating asthma, allergic disease, passive smoke exposure, and risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Asthma and allergies may be associated with increased risk of RA, although passive smoke exposure and earlier age of starting smoking do not appear to influence risk of RA. PubMed, Arthritis Rheumatol, 02/12/2019. (Also see Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis)

What To Do If Exercise Triggers Your Asthma. If you have allergies, you have a higher risk of getting exercise–induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) which occurs when the airways tighten or constrict as a result of an inflammatory response to physical activity. Time Healthland, 10/06/2016.

Asthma Treatments

The role of self–efficacy and locus of control in asthma–related needs and outcomes: a cross–sectional study. Our study provides novel evidence on psychological resources among patients with asthma, which are associated with improved asthma outcomes. PubMed, J Asthma, 2019 Jan 11:1-9.

The Skeletal Effects of Inhaled Glucocorticoids. While the evidence is not conclusive, it supports using the lowest possible dose of inhaled glucocorticoids to treat patients with asthma and COPD and highlights the need for further research on this topic. PubMed, Curr Osteoporos Rep, 2016 Jun;14(3):106-13. (Also see Osteoporosis)

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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