Michael Havens

World Asthma Day

Just a short blog today on World Asthma Day to thank everyone who supports people with asthma.  All the mums, dads, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, medical researchers, teachers, siblings and friends who look out for their asthma suffering peers, THANK YOU!

Many people associate asthma as a childhood condition. Some people think that it’s just a stage, and something people will grow out of. If only this was the case.  Many adults suffer from it and to make things worse, it’s common for asthmatics to suffer from hayfever too.

Usually, hayfever develops at an older age, and when eczema, asthma, and hayfever are related, they call it the atopic triad.

An asthma attack isn’t just more frequent wheezing. It happens when muscles tighten around the airways causing inflammation and mucus production. Common symptoms include difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightening and coughing – especially at night, during exercise or when laughing.

Of course, not all asthmatics have this experience. Some may experience a more mild form of asthma and others may experience severe asthma. Severe asthma attacks are considered an emergency.

If you are suffering from hayfever and asthma feel free to share your story on our Facebook page. Hayfever is also a serious disease, so if you have been experiencing a runny or blocked nose, sneezing, itchy eyes or an itchy throat you should consider going to a doctor who can help you find a treatment.

(Photo credit: Flickr, by Michael Havens)