Do you want to understand what happens with your lungs during an asthma attack? You’re in the right place! It’s time for our first nerd breeze ☺
When you breathe, the air goes from your nose (or mouth) to your lungs, which are made up of airways that get smaller and smaller just like the branches of a tree. During an asthma attack, the airways become smaller because of some physiological changes like:
The airways muscles tighten around the outside of your bronchial tubes. This tightening is usually called bronchospasm.
In addition to the bronchoconstriction, your lungs start to produce too much mucus, which is difficult to cough out and make asthma symptoms even worse.
Irritation, swelling and inflammation
The sides of the airways swell up and become inflamed which further narrows the bronchial diameter.
What symptoms do you have?
- Shortness of breath;
- Chest tightness;
All of these physiological processes happens in response to substances or events that causes asthma, the triggers! So, the secret is simple! All you have to do is to learn how to identify and avoid them. Don’t forget you can count on us to help you ☺
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