How Do You Get Asthma?

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Asthma can be caused by a number of different factors, including genetics, allergies, pollutants and illnesses. Learn about how a number of irritants can trigger the symptoms of asthma with help from a nurse and respiratory care practitioner in this free video on respiratory therapy and healthy breathing.

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Hello, I like to speak to you briefly about how to get asthma and how it's obtained in the first place. We don't have all the answers though, medical feel there's full of information for you; but as far as how you get it, we don't really know. It does tend to run in the families; it's set off or by triggers which triggers can be allergens. It can be pollen, dust mites, it could be cats, horses, dogs, it can be perfumes, cigarette smokes, second hand smoke, smoking yourself; any of those things that would make your airway sensitive because that's really what's happening, the airways are very sensitive. They become very narrow, that's why you hear the wheezing and that's why the chest tightness is there, the air can't get in or out. But it is an obstructive pulmonary disease; a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and, but it's unknown how it really comes about except that it does run in families and it set off by triggers and infections play an important part. More colds, the more fevers, the more sickness, the more illness that you have that would affect your lungs or your breathing passages is going to increase the chance for you to obtain asthma.

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