Yourwellness Magazine Gives Basic Overview of Asthma

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Following the rankings of the worst US cities for asthma sufferers, Yourwellness Magazine gave a basic overview of the respiratory condition.

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The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has ranked the 100 largest US cities in order of how hard they are to live with and control asthma, WebMD reported June 2013. According to the report, “Slideshow: 10 Worst Cities for Asthma”, the worst city is Richmond, Virginia, even though it was only ranked as 23rd last year. WebMD explained, "The city has high levels of year-round pollen and poverty, and too many people don't have health insurance. But a smoking ban and more asthma doctors could help bring down emergency room visits. Until the city takes more action, it's the hardest place to live for people trying to get control of their asthma." (http://www.webmd.com/asthma/ss/slideshow-10-worst-cities-for-asthma)

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine decided to outline the basics of asthma, exploring the respiratory condition’s causes, symptoms and treatment options. Yourwellness Magazine noted, "Asthma is caused by inflammation of the airways. These are the small tubes, called bronchi, which carry air in and out of the lungs. If you have asthma, the bronchi will be inflamed and more sensitive than normal. When you come into contact with something that irritates your lungs, known as a trigger (see below), your airways become narrow, the muscles around them tighten and there is an increase in the production of sticky mucus (phlegm)." (http://www.yourwellness.com/topics/menu/health-a-z/information-of-asthma/#sthash.Klm6ZVrM.dpuf)

Yourwellness Magazine commented that a severe onset of symptoms – such as difficulty breathing, wheezing and coughing and a tight chest – is known as an asthma attack or an ‘acute asthma exacerbation’, and may require hospital treatment as attacks can sometimes be life-threatening, although this is rare. Yourwellness Magazine observed that although the cause of asthma is not fully understood, it is known to run in families as people are more likely to have asthma if one or both of the parents has the condition.

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