Is There An Asthma Epidemic?

Asthma Inhaler

Asthma was an isolated case when I was in school. I only recall one of my classmates being asthmatic and I had a great amount of sympathy for the little boy who suffered from a serious health disorder. It seemed horrifying to me to be faced with a condition that could actually leave you unable to breathe.

Nowadays, it seems as if asthma is a part of all of our lives. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), the asthmatic population is on the rise. In 2001 about seven percent of the U.S. population (approximately 20 million) had asthma; eight years later that number would swell to eight percent (about 25 million).

Asthma costs the United States more than $3,000 per person with asthma every year between 2002 and 2007, when you factor in missed work, medical expenses and early death. Yes, asthma still kills people. In 2007 alone, 185 children and 3,262 adults died from asthma. Furthermore, the AAAAI estimates that that the number of asthma cases will grow by more than 100 million by the year 2025.

How to Cope

Asthma is a chronic disease that can only be controlled—not cured. While no one knows for sure why asthma cases are on the rise, it seems as if everyone has an opinion. Everything from increasing mold exposure to workplace allergens to increased exposure to manufactured foods with preservatives have all had the blame dropped on their doorstep.

Patients with asthma may find that alternative healthcare treatments afford them some relief from asthmatic symptoms. Relaxation techniques like yoga, massage and meditation can relax the asthma patient while teaching them important breathing tips to cope with their condition.

In addition, evidence has been gathered from a small clinical trial which shows that asthma patients treated with chiropractic care may experience an improvement in bronchial function and a decrease in asthma severity. If you’re coping with asthma, talk to your chiropractic team to find out if therapeutic adjustments can help alleviate your asthma symptoms. In the meantime, these tips can help you to breathe a little easier:

  • Use hypoallergenic bedding
  • Eat less meat, which may aggravate inflammation
  • Use air filters in your home
  • Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin C
  • Change bedding regularly
  • Keep a journal to find out what triggers your asthma
  • If you have exercise-induced asthma, work with your chiropractor to find a workout program that won’t aggravate your symptoms

It’s possible to live a long and productive life with asthma, but you need to be aware of your body’s special requirements. Regular chiropractic visits will help you stay healthy and strong and may even help alleviate some of your symptoms. Contact your doctor of chiropractic today and find out how chiropractic care can have you breathing easier in no time at all.

 

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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