Asthma is This a Disease or a Syndrome
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Asthma is This a Disease or a Syndrome

Our body has built in mechanism to protect us but some people react worse than others do. If I sprinkle chilly powder on your face, you will start sneezing, excessive water trickles down your eyes, nose and through the back of your throat starts entering your chest. This will trigger off coughing to prevent us drowning in our own secretion.

I would say, Asthma is actually not a disease but may call a "Syndrome" (collection of symptoms).

Our body has built in mechanism to protect us but so some people react worse than others do. If I sprinkle chilly powder on your face, you will start sneezing, excessive water trickles down your eyes, nose and through the back of your throat starts entering your chest. This will trigger off coughing to prevent us drowning in our own secretion.

If we know what triggered (like chilly powder) of this reaction, we can eliminate it and feel better, but when we cannot, see know not what triggered a reaction we call this "Asthma". If the same symptoms occur in summer we know, pollen triggers this reaction and so calls this "Hay fever".

When you notice water dripping out from your nose you may say you caught a "Cold", some call this "Flu" others may simply say "Runny nose". A doctor may label this as "Hay fever / Allergic rhinitis / Nasal congestion or simply call this "Cold"

I have not heard of a disease called "Cold" (Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease) this word was used once upon at time to describe Asthma so I would say this is not a disease but an exaggerated response to a stimulus that is foreign to your body.

When water trickles into our chest, the reflex to keep airways clear is by "coughing". Some people do not hear any wheeze but start with dry cough. This happens when our airways suddenly tighten up and is clogged with secretion. Secretions locked in the alveoli cannot escape and so we continue to have dry cough mainly at night or in the early hours of the morning.

The only treatment you need is a key (inhaler) to help open your chest. This is what we call the "Bronchodilator" (Bronco = windpipe, dilator = opener). The only problem we have with this is that people think they can take it once and expect their cough to disappear. Unfortunately, this treatment does suppress coughing but to may make you cough more and help you clear the secretions from your lung. In other words, you tend to cough more and lots of phlegm / sputum must come out. Once you chest clear you must feel and breath better.

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