When you have a disability or chronic illness, one of the most important things you can do is to learn as much as you can about it. The more you know, the easier it should be to get a handle on those days when you feel like it is a constant battle and you are not sure you are winning.
Knowing the language or words that go with COPD/Asthma is a great way to start or to continue to refresh a person’s knowledge of the ins and outs of the lifelong health companion which we are dealing with.
With that, we discuss some of what we call ‘must know words’ of life with COPD/Asthma – and today we will discuss briefly the importance of knowing the word(s) ‘Airway Hyperactivity’.
What is ‘Airway Hyperactivity’?
When looked up, the term ‘airway hyperactivity’ is said to be increased airway sensitivity maybe due to various etiological factors or the key feature of asthma characterized by an exaggerated constriction of the airways to irritants.
Those irritants which someone with COPD and/or severe Asthma may find to be a major problem, may be nothing but normal to most folks. When you may have this condition of ‘airway hyperactivity’ you may develop a persistent cough.
‘Airway hyperactivity’ can be caused by a wide range of diseases including Anaphylaxis, Autoimmune Disorder, C1 esterase Inhibitor Deficiency, Chronic Urticaria, Hereditary Angioedema, Leukemia, Thyroid Autoimmunity.
‘Airway hyperactivity’ can also be caused by irritations from such items as ACE inhibitors, Animal Dander, Antivenom Preparation, Aspirin, Chemotherapy Agents, Chocolates, Cold Weather, a Dental Procedure, Drug Allergy, Emotional stress, Exposure to Sunlight, Food Additives, Fresh Berries, Milk, Opiates, Peanuts, Penicillin, Post Infection, Preservatives, Radiocontrast Agents, Shellfish, Snake Bites, Sulfonamides, Tomatoes and a Tonsillectomy.
Many times, physicians who use the term ‘airway hyperactivity’ do not have or have not scheduled a pulmonary function test for the patient who is showing signs of the situation.
With that, we ask a QUESTION OF OUR READERS and today we ask, “Were you ever told you had ‘airway hyperactivity and if so why and what was the major irritant in your case?
As always – if you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out.
Remember – ‘a person without good breathing, is a person without a good life’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can.
With that I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.
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NOTE TO REMEMBER: We only give descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer and more medical founded information.
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(Information gathered from various books and internet sources discussing COPD, Asthma and other lung diseases)