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Overview of Asthma

Asthma KaleidoscopeAsthma is a chronic lung disease where inflammation causes your airways to narrow. Even though asthma is not considered an autoimmune disease, it is a chronic illness which requires the same attention as any other chronic illness. If you have asthma and an autoimmune disease, it is important to keep both under control to prevent one disease from affecting the other. (Also see Autoimmune Diseases)

Asthma. If you have asthma, the inside walls of your airways become sore and swollen. That makes them very sensitive, and they may react strongly to things that you are allergic to or find irritating. When your airways react, they get narrower and your lungs get less air. This can cause wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and trouble breathing, especially early in the morning or at night. Medline Plus.

Asthma: Young people in the UK 'more likely to die'. Young people in the UK are more likely to die from asthma than those in other wealthy countries, a report has found. BBC Health News, 02/20/2019.

Asthma and Autoimmunity

Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and Subsequent Risk for Incident Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) among Women: A Prospective Cohort Study. Asthma and COPD were each associated with increased risk for incident RA, independent of smoking status/intensity and other potential confounders. PubMed, Arthritis Rheumatol, 03/04/2020. (Also see Rheumatoid Arthritis in Overlap)

Causes of Asthma

Asthma Causes. It isn't clear why some people get asthma and others don't, but it's probably due to a combination of environmental and genetic (inherited) factors. Mayo Clinic.

Investigating asthma, allergic disease, passive smoke exposure, and risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Asthma and allergies may be associated with increased risk of RA, although passive smoke exposure and earlier age of starting smoking do not appear to influence risk of RA. PubMed, Arthritis Rheumatol, 02/12/2019. (Also see Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis)

Asthma Treatments

The role of self–efficacy and locus of control in asthma–related needs and outcomes: a cross–sectional study. Our study provides novel evidence on psychological resources among patients with asthma, which are associated with improved asthma outcomes. PubMed, J Asthma, 2019 Jan 11:1-9.

Asthma Treatments and Drugs. Treatment for asthma generally involves avoiding the things that trigger your asthma attacks and taking one or more asthma medications. Mayo Clinic.

Personal Stories of Asthma

Dani: Chronic Adult Onset Asthma In the year 2000, a bad winter hit Woodland Hills, California. I was on my way to work…

Flora: Systemic Scleroderma with Bronchial Allergic Asthma I want to encourage all the people who suffer from scleroderma like me, so that they manage to beat this disease.

Beverly: CREST Scleroderma I began experiencing symptoms of Asthma, and Raynaud's Disease around 1996.

Jo P: Limited Scleroderma and Raynaud's I am fifty-four years old, married and work as a receptionist in a small northern Minnesota town.

Kath: Systemic Sclerosis (Scleroderma) I believe this all began when I first developed allergies after I became pregnant…

Lois: Fibromyalgia with Possible CREST When I was in tenth grade, Raynaud's started and a horrible kind of rash, which I still have thirty years later.

Jessica: Morphea I have always been an 'ill' child: eczema, asthma, hayfever and loads of allergies.

Stefan: Progressive Systemic Sclerosis Frankly it is terrifying to have this diagnosis but at the same time I at last know what is happening and that I am not imagining all these diffuse problems.

Papa V: Lupus (SLE), Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS), Myasthenia Gravis (MG), Scleroderma I finally got diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), fibromyalgia, then Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS) was added along with Myasthenia Gravis. And now after more symptoms I also have scleroderma.

William M: Autoimmune Disease My rheumatologist is still not sure if it's Scleroderma, Lupus, or some combination. I think it is Systemic Scleroderma due my medical history and current signs and symptoms…My asthma has also become much more of a problem and I stay short of breath most of the time even with the oxygen.

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