Smoking And Asthma

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Smoking causes harm to your body in many different ways. In fact, it would not be wrong to say that it harms every organ of the body. In general, it damages the immune system and the risk of infections increases with smoking. It is a general fact that smokers tend to be unhealthy than non-smokers.

Millions of people are suffering from asthma all over the world. In the US alone, more than 20 million people are suffering from it. Smoking is an exceptional factor that can worsen asthma symptoms. But what is asthma?

Asthma is an inflammatory chronic lung disease that blocks air flow of the airways that lead air to the lungs. It blocks the airways by squeezing the muscles around the airways or by causing swelling and inflammation on the inside of the air tubes and producing excess mucus. As a result, it becomes more difficult for the air to go in and come out of the lungs.

Smoking can be harmful to your body and very much dangerous if you are suffering from asthma. Your lungs are further affected by smoking. The airways or the air tubes of a person suffering from asthma are very sensitive and 'twitchy'. They can be easily squeezed down by the smooth muscles that surround these tubes.

There are many things which can trigger symptoms of asthma such as coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing and chest tightness. These irritating symptoms can trigger an asthma attack. It does not matter whether you are inhaling tobacco smoke from personal smoking or passive smoking. Both of them can set off an asthma attack.

The best way to avoid an asthma attack is to quit smoking immediately. Quitting smoking helps in improving the functioning of the heart whether you have asthma or not. You should also be careful and sensitive about people who suffer from asthma by not exposing them to second hand smoke.

Quitting smoking improves your blood circulation and decreases sinus congestion and cough. If you are suffering from chronic asthma, you should consult an allergist or immunologist who is specially trained to treat allergies and asthma. He or she will work with you to figure out your asthma triggers and devise a proper management plan to help prevent the symptoms.