Asthma

Condition Description

A chronic inflammatory disease of the bronchial tubes characterized by intermittent airway obstruction.

Common Symptoms

  • General wheezing, tightness in one’s chest or difficulty taking a deep breath
  • Shortness of breath upon physical exertion
  • Acute attacks of wheezing and shortness of breath
  • Chronic coughing

Underlying Causes

  • Inhalant allergies to dust, molds, pollens, or animal dander (dog, cat, etc.)
  • Hidden food allergies; this is less frequent than inhalant allergies
  • Chemical sensitivity to fragrances, tobacco smoke, household chemicals and cleaners, air fresheners, laundry detergents or other chemicals

Traditional Approach

  • Bronchial dilators like Albuterol, Xopenex, Serevent, Foradil
  • Inhaled steroids like Flovent, Pulmicort, or Azmacort

EHAC Approach

  • Test for inhalant allergies; if found, treat with a desensitization program (allergy injections)
  • Test for hidden food allergies; if found, treat with a desensitization program or avoidance
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