Let’s look at a common illness called Asthma. It is basically a chronic lung disease that affects the airways. I have a great amount of experience as it relates to asthma, because I suffer from it. What asthma does is that it narrows the airway, making it difficult to breathe.
The airway are tube that carry air into and from your lungs; consider it as the road on which air travels to your lungs. People who suffer from the disease experience inflammation of airway, thus causing the airway to become swollen and sensitive. The swelling is due to the airway reaction to a particular or combination of substances (E.g. Smoke, dust, strong perfume, etc.), that result in the narrowing of the airway tube. The reaction of the airway to the alien substance can also trigger the cells in the airway to make more mucus than usual. If you do not know about mucus, it’s a thick liquid and it’s also sticky. What mucus does is that it greatly reduce the amount of air reaching the lungs, by blocking up the airway tube. This is very dangerous and can be fatal if not treated. I learn that the hard way, when I almost became a victim of asthma.
Some symptoms of asthma are wheezing (mean a whistling sound), shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness. And please know this, asthma does not care about age and race. It affects people of all age, race and religion.
According to the World Health Organization, “Some 235 million people currently suffer from asthma. It is the most common chronic disease among children. Most asthma-related deaths occur in low- and lower-middle income countries. The strongest risk factors for developing asthma are inhaled substances and particles that may provoke allergic reactions or irritate the airways. Medication can control asthma. Avoiding asthma triggers can also reduce the severity of asthma. Appropriate management of asthma can enable people to enjoy a good quality of life.”