Asthma is an inflammatory condition of the air passages of the lungs. It is believed to be triggered by a variety of factors like dust, pollen etc. These cause the air passages to swell and narrow, hence making breathing difficult.
- Repeated attacks of coughing especially at night or after exercise
- Wheeziness and breathlessness usually with colds
Although the exact cause of asthma is not known, it seems to be triggered by a number of factors like dust, pollen, animal fur or cigarette smoke. It is wise to control these trigger factors to prevent asthma attackes if you suffer from them.
It has been found that smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of asthma in your baby. You can help your baby by giving him nine smoke free months. Breastfeeding for as long as possible is also known to protect against asthma.