Asthma is a chronic lung disease. The airways and lungs become extremely sensitive. Asthmatics lungs are different than normal lungs. People with asthma have inflamed airways and the airway linings are swollen. Airways are narrow and breathing becomes difficult to do.
Exercise Induced Asthma (EIA)
Symptoms similar to regular asthma, however, struggling to breathe, coughing and wheezing can occur during or after exercising. Some individuals only have EIA and normally have no other asthma issues other than when they exercise.
A common mistake some people make is avoiding exercise because they have EIA. They fear exercising will provoke an asthma attack. We believe with proper education and treatment you can live an active, healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that with a sedentary lifestyle, it can lead to other diseases such as obesity. Don’t let asthma stop you from having a fun active life.
If you experience exercise induced asthma, contact your physician for proper diagnoses and proper medicine to help prevent an attack during or after exercise.
COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) refers to a group of lung diseases that block airflow as you exhale and make it increasingly difficult for you to breathe.
Emphysema and chronic asthmatic bronchitis are the two main conditions that make up COPD. In all cases, damage to your airways eventually interferes with the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide in your lungs.
COPD is a leading cause of death and illness worldwide. Most COPD is caused by long-term smoking and can be prevented by not smoking or quitting soon after you start. This damage to your lungs can’t be reversed, so treatment focuses on controlling symptoms and minimizing further damage.
When you breathe in, air is taken in through the nose and mouth. It goes down your windpipe, through your airways and into your lungs. Inside our lungs are bronchial tubes, muscles and air sacs called alveoli. When you breathe out, stale air leaves the lungs in the reverse order. When we are feeling good and our asthma is under good control we don’t notice any problems breathing. When we have a difficult time and become short of breath it is because changes are taking place within our lungs.
~ John C. Lincoln health network