Below is a video from YouTube that describes what happens during asthma – inflammation of the airway. I have described asthma here in previous articles as airway “sensitivity.” I think of asthma in that way because when I see a child with asthma in clinic, it is unusual that their troubles are limited to only asthma. That is, a child with asthma often also struggles with recurrent or chronic ear infections; recurrent or chronic sinusitis; allergies – to food and/or allergic rhinitis; tonsillitis; adenoiditis; laryngitis … you get the idea. As I have described before, It’s All Connected. So, as you watch this asthma video, imagine that the inflammation process that is depicted in this animation can also occur anywhere in the airway – from the tip of the nose to the bottom of the lungs.
Asthma Video: 3D Animation of Airway Inflammation
Parents of children who have asthma are usually frustrated. The children and their doctors are frustrated, too. Asthma, and the associated chronic aero-digestive inflammatory disorders, can be challenging to manage. However, in addition to the pharmaceutical treatments that your doctors may prescribe, you also may want to consider the non-medicine solutions: yoga, meditation, herbal remedies, even acupuncture.
Check out the links to my previous articles below for more information, statistics, and non-drug remedies:
- Asthma Statistics: An Infographic
- 13 Startling Facts About Asthma
- It’s All Connected: The Unified Airway Explains Why Your Child Has More Than “Just” Asthma
- What is The Unified Airway?
- The Connection Between Allergies and Asthma
- You CAN Control Your Child’s Allergies
- Is REFLUX Causing Your Child’s Asthma?
Now for Non-Drug Asthma Remedies:
- Acupuncture for Childhood Asthma? YES!
- Meditation for Childhood Asthma: THINK it Away!
- Yoga to Control Asthma
- Herbal Remedy
- Finally, a New Surgical Solution (as a last resort to treat life-threatening asthma)
I hope that some of these resources help you understand what is happening to cause your child’s asthma (and maybe your own).
Thank you for visiting. Please leave a comment below to share your experience: what is working for your child’s asthma?
Hi, I’m Russell Faust, author of this medical education blog. That wonderful photo of me is by Chris Stranad; here is his site: http://www.chrisstranadphotography.com/Index.html
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