Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Editorial Board: Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Asthma Causes

Asthma, a long term lung inflammation that weakens and contracts the air passageways, attacks people at all age and statistics shows that asthma usually starts at childhood. The victims of asthma normally experience chest pains, breathing problems and regular coughing that occurs usually late at night or early in the morning and also causes the patients to produce a whistling sound whenever they breathe.

When an asthma attack occurs, one may wonder what really is the cause and what actually happens internally. Here’s an overview on what asthma is all about. When a person is being attacked by asthma, the air passages which are the tubes that handle the air movement in and out of one’s lungs gets inflamed resulting to narrowing of the airways.

Those air passages gets extremely sensitive to the air that the person breathes plus the microscopic elements that may be included to that air. When these tubes get extremely sensitive and react, the muscles surrounding , get too tight causing very minimal amount of air to enter their lungs.

Aside from narrowing of airways, cells in the area may also produce more mucus than the usual. Mucus is a sticky substance which adds to hardening and narrowing of air passages. If not given immediate attention and proper care, the illness may get worse and may also lead to death, All these reactions may eventually result to giving off the signs and symptoms of asthma.

These symptoms are sometimes mild and may eventually fade off naturally after a certain medication, unfortunately some cases will get things even worse. It is true that asthma is considered a fatal disease and cannot be cured, likely it is advisable not to take these signs and symptoms for granted nevertheless you still need to manage the sickness during an attack in order to live a normal life.

What are the causes of asthma?

Well, the main cause of asthma is not really known. Medical researchers say that asthma is lead by some of the genetic factors and some environmental contributors as listed below. 

  1. Allergic reactions which a person might have inherited which is called atopy.
  2. Asthma usually attacks people whose parents are also asthmatic.
  3. If a person has a respiratory or pulmonary inflammation in their childhood.
  4. If a person gets in contact with airborne allergens
  5. If a person gets exposed to some viral inflammations during their infancy or during the time when their immune system is still under development. 

Who is most likely to have asthma attacks?

Anyone may be a victim of this fatal disease; although children who usually have lung inflammation or respiratory problems are most likely to suffer from asthma in the future. Other factors like being attacked by several allergies, skin asthma and parents who also suffer from asthma. 

Statistically, record shows that among children, more boys suffer from asthma compared to young girls. Similarly in adults, there are more women than men who are victims of this disease. However till today. there is no particular explanation how gender hormones contribute to asthma attacks.

There are several signs and symptoms of asthma which you need to be aware of since these symptoms may continue to get worse. 

Signs and symptoms include: 

  1. Coughing that usually attacks in the dawn or late at night that disturb your sleep.
  2. Whistling sound whenever you breathe.
  3. Chest pains with tightness that feels like someone is seated on your chest.
  4. Breathing problems like the feeling that you are running out of air to breathe.
In summary, not everyone who are asthmatic experience all the above said signs and symptoms likewise not all who experience such signs and symptoms are considered to have an asthma disease. If you ever experience any of these condition, it is highly recommended that you go and seek a doctor’s advice for a better health.