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National Asthma Awareness Month- Dr. Jonokuchi

Imagine walking vigorously up a steep hill: you’re huffing and puffing like there’s no tomorrow. What’s the big deal? You do that all the time. Now imagine striding up that same hill but this time you have to breathe through a tiny flimsy straw. This is much more difficult to do and extremely hard to recover from.

That’s what it’s like to have asthma, a condition that affects thousands of people both young and old.

The starvation for air can be frustrating and fatiguing, and it can cause anxiety ridden panic attacks for those who suffer from this potentially chronic condition. Small lung airways, the bronchioles, either constrict and or get plugged with thick mucus secretions impairing the body’s ability to exchange oxygen. These episodes can last from hours to days at a time.   Sports, travel, work and simply being with friends can take a back seat when illness strikes. Triggers can include allergies, viral illnesses, changes in temperature, exertion, and stress.

The good news is that treatment for asthma has never been more effective than now.   Long acting inhalers and short acting rescue meds can make all the difference in the world.   Sometimes allergy desensitization treatment or shots to keep allergies at bay are available and effective.

If someone you know is suffering from this potentially serious condition, please encourage them to contact their friendly local Identity medical doctor so they can begin to lead a healthy, asthma free life.

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