Childhood Asthma

 

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the respiratory airways, characterised by increased mucous production and airway hyper-responsiveness resulting in decreased airflow. It is marked by recurrent episodes of wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. It is a multi-factorial disease process associated with genetic, allergic, environmental, infectious, emotional and nutritional components.

 

The underlying patho-physiology of asthma is airway inflammation. The underlying process driving and maintaining the asthmatic inflammatory process appears to be an abnormal or inadequately regulated T-cell immune response. In asthma, the T-helper 2 cells which mediate inflammation are overactive, while the T-helper 1 cells which generally correspond to antigen/anti-body immunity are dampened. It is not yet known why asthmatics have this out-of-balance immunity, but genetics, viruses, fungi, heavy metals, nutrition, and pollution can all be contributors.

 

Asthma affects over 2 million Australians.

  • 1 in 4 children

  • 1 in 7 teenagers

  • 1 in 10 adults

The prevalence of asthma in Australia is one of the highest in the world.

 

What are some Asthma triggers?

Triggers that irritate the airways and aggravate asthma can include:

  • infections such as cold and flu

  • irritants such as dust, cigarette smoke and fumes

  • chemicals found in the workplace or at home

  • allergies to pollen, medicines, animals, dust mites or certain foods

  • emotions – laughing, or crying very hard can trigger symptoms, as well as stress

  • exercise and other physical activity

 

How can Naturally Dynamic Health help with Asthma?

After taking a thorough case history and performing any relevant tests, our Naturopaths will develop a tailor-made plan for each patient. Take a proactive step towards treating your child’s Asthma by booking an appointment for a consultation with one of Naturally Dynamic Health’s professional Naturopaths.

 

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