July 17, 2024

The definitive guide to treating asthma and the steps you can take to keep it at bay

There’s over 5 million people dealing with asthma in the UK, but many sufferers have little understanding of what exactly causes asthma or how they can treat it.

We’ve called on Dr Jenna Macciochi, PhD, to break down everything you need to know about asthma and the best wellness tips to help you manage the condition.

What is asthma?

Asthma is a form of allergy and allergies are caused by our immune system. Our immune system has evolved to defend us against infection that could cause disease. To break it down really simply, normally our immune system is able to tell the difference between things that can cause us harm (e. g. bacterial and viruses) and things that we encounter which are harmless (known as allergens).

Allergies happen when the immune system get that wrong and the immune system starts to attack things in our environment which don’t cause us harm e. g. pollen, animal dander, dust mites, food. In the case of asthma, this unruly immune response is taking place in the airways of our lungs in response to an allergen in our environment when it is breathed in.

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