For the past six years, the nonprofit Asthma and Allergy Foundation (AAFA) has released a list of the “Asthma Capitals” — the worst cities for asthma. The top offenders for 2009: St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Birmingham, Ala. But if those are the worst cities for asthma sufferers, does that mean other cities are relatively good… Continue reading Asthma and Cities: Which Cities Rank Best?
Before the latest flu season had officially gotten under way, the swine flu (or H1N1 virus) was already stealing headlines as it left a trail of fever, aches, and general misery across the country. For people with asthma, watching the swine flu sweep across the nation has been especially nerve wracking. Both swine flu and asthma attack the airways, and… Continue reading Swine Flu and Asthma
What Are the Symptoms of Asthma? Asthma symptoms include episodes of: Tightness or pressure in the chest. Shortness of breath. Wheezing (a high-pitched whistling sound that occurs when exhaling). Coughing, especially at night. Early warning signs of the onset of an asthma attack include: Signs of a cold. Frequent cough, especially at night. The need… Continue reading Understanding Asthma – Symptoms