So I have found I have little wisdom to offer this forum with my feeble brain so thought I would share something hopefully educational out there for you asthma sufferers with gus’ recent hospitalization and my snide comment about mandy’s asthma being triggered by her allergy to dave...and cockroaches...which i know is redundant
wrong forum perhaps to post this in but im just concerned about you guys is all.
So asthma is caused by obstruction of the free flow of air in the airways. Obstruction of free flow of air in this pipe, by laplace’s law, is most greatly effected by reduction in the radius of the pipe which is caused by swelling of tissue inside the pipe (inflammation) and constriction of a circumferential muscle outside of the pipe.
Inflammation inside this pipe can be caused by a number of things – breathing in something you are allergic to, stomach acid, infections, fumes etc.
Poor control of asthma is defined as needing a rescue inhaler more than twice a week. If you are using a rescue inhaler more than twice a week you should then be on a daily preventive medication program. These preventive treatments are aimed at reducing inflammation inside the pipe and/or relaxing the constricting muscle that surrounds the pipe.
Monitoring of asthma should be done regularly with a home airflow (peak flow) monitor and a red, yellow and green zone should be identified. Green is total normal air flow. Red is obvious to the patient as it is the zone in which active asthma symptoms are present. The yellow zone is critical as it represents reduced airflow in the pipe but not yet symptomatic – one can intervene at this point with additional medications to prevent sliding into the red zone.
Allergy testing should be considered to identify possible allergy triggers that can be modified (which can include cockroaches).
5% of asthma patients are triggered by simple over the counter anti inflammatories.
5% of asthma patients are sensitive to sulfites which are used in the food industry to prevent discoloration and are used widely in beers and wines.
Smoking cessation – duh.
Well ventilated workspaces (gus?)