ADULT ASTHMA – THE FACTS
According to Allergy Foundation South Africa, up to seven million South Africans suffer from asthma (10% of adults and 20% of children).
Professor Mike Levin, Head of Division of Asthma and Allergy at the University of Cape Town, says: “Adultonset asthma is a little different from childhood asthma because the usual allergic triggers are less commonly the root cause. In adult-onset asthma, causes include infections, a new allergen, or even some trigger in the work environment. Adult asthma may be worsened by other illnesses at the same time, such as reflux, chronic bronchitis and heart disease.” Symptoms include coughing, wheezing, tightness in the chest and shortness of breath, which are caused by inflammation within the airways. Common triggers include exercise, hormonal changes, certain foods and cigarette smoke.
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