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Asthma Explained

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As the summer weather settles in, many people take to the outdoors to exercise and be more active. For some, this increase in physical activity means more than just sweating, losing weight, and having fun. It means more coughing, more choking, and more wheezing as well. You see, exercise is a trigger for the symptoms of asthma, a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs. The most common symptoms of asthma include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. Many people with asthma experience a worsening of their symptoms when they exercise, but to understand why, we should look closer at what asthma is and what it does. What is asthma? As mentioned above, asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs. More specifically, asthma affects the air passageways of the lungs. If you have asthma, your air passageways become enlarged and inflamed, squeezing and sometimes blocking the flow of air through your lungs. This makes it difficult for you to breathe, especia ...

8 Sure Ways to Beat Your Allergies

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Almost a quarter of all Americans suffer from Allergies, while more than half of all Americans test positive to at least one allergen. Yet, despite being well-studied and increasingly more common, allergies continue to wreak havoc. Many people rely on both prescription and non-prescription medications to mediate their symptoms, but they are often not enough. That being said, here are 8 sure ways to beat your allergies. 1. Make Your Home Allergy-Proof Even those with outdoor allergies may find themselves feeling only mildly better after taking shelter in their homes. If you are one of these people, it may be because allergens are finding their way inside. Allergy-proofing your home can be an effective way of stopping those pesky allergies and making your life more comfortable. Do you use fans to cool your home? Fans tend to draw air in from the outside, dragging those annoying outdoor allergens in with it. Try using an air conditioner instead. This way, you can keep cool while keeping ...

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