My Brother-in law Skip, just died from asthma last Friday. We got the shocking call yesterday from my husband's older brother Dave. Skip would have been 70 on May 21st. Unfortunately Asthma runs in my side of the family too, I lost my Uncle (my father's brother) many years ago to Asthma. I have Asthma, my daughter has Asthma and also my Grandaughter Ashley has it. Luckily mine is not real severe, but my daughter's and Ashley's is very bad. Both my daughter and Ashley are on medication to control it.
Asthma is a respiratory disease caused by allergy, resulting in spasm and constriction of bronchial passages and swelling of the mucous lining, obstruction of breathing, and severe paroxysms of coughing and audible wheezing. It is the same type of hypersensitivity as Hay Fever, but in asthma the allergic reaction occurs in the bronchi, not in the nasal passages. Bronchial asthma and hay fever occur at the same time in many people.
Asthma is caused by the same agents as hay fever, and to a lesser degree, by foods like eggs, shellfish, nuts and chocolate. Some times ingestion of drugs may trigger an asthma attack. Another type of asthma, known as infective asthma, is caused by infections of the adenoids, sinuses, or tonsils.
Many people, don't realize that asthma can be a killer. If you have asthma or think you have it, please take care of it. See your doctor, take your medication as prescribed, and try to avoid triggers (which is some times impossible.)