The reason we exist is to make the best air purifiers for conditions like asthma. Oransi was started because of our founder’s struggle to find an air purifier for his son who had asthma. We get the struggles you are going through. We make our air purifiers with the best HEPA filters available. This way they filter out the smallest particles that are most likely to trigger an asthma attack.
Twenty-five million Americans have asthma including 1 out of every 11 child. It's no wonder there is a link between allergies and asthma. Most of us either deal with this lung disease or have a family member who struggles with asthma cough. Thus, we see and understand the difficulties asthma can produce. The good news is that there are ways to manage asthma. And keep it from getting worse.
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Asthma is a stressful, scary condition that affects roughly one out of every 12 people. It can harm a person’s quality of life, keep them from enjoying activities and social events, and even create life-threatening attacks.
Like all health conditions, knowledge is the most important step to preventing and limiting asthma attacks.
Let’s take a closer look at asthma to understand what it is and what you can do to help yourself or family members with this troubling condition.
Asthma is essentially a hypersensitivity in the tubes that run from the throat to the lungs, causing a restriction in the windpipes under certain conditions.
Think about the pipes that move water to your shower. To move enough water for a hearty shower, they need to be large enough. If pipes installed are too small, your water pressure would be low. You certainly wouldn’t get a full, refreshing shower. This same principle applies to your windpipes. Under normal circumstances, your windpipes are wide enough to deliver plenty of air to the lungs, but when asthma attacks occur, the pipes are restricted, keeping a steady supply of oxygen from reaching your body.
The restriction from an asthma attack happens in three different ways:
Inflammation: When an asthma attack occurs, the tissue inside the pipes becomes inflamed, causing the passageway inside to become smaller. The tissue becomes irritated and swells inward, leading to trouble breathing.
Constriction: The windpipes have small bands of muscle that wrap around the outside. When these muscles tighten, it leads to a constriction, which in the medical field is called “bronchoconstriction”.
Mucus: When someone with asthma has an attack, it often leads to an increase in mucus, which further clogs the airways. Now an already-narrowed passageway is blocked even more.
One of the main challenges for parents is trying to understand asthma and know if a child may have this condition. The symptoms of asthma can vary widely, so it takes a professional doctor to provide an accurate diagnosis, but there are a few signs a parent can watch for.
Asthma can be particularly rough on children because of their size. Their bodies have smaller windpipes, so when a child’s tubes are reduced by even a millimeter, it represents a larger reduction in their ability to breath. According to the World Health Organization, if an adult’s windpipes are reduced by one millimeter, the overall diameter is reduced by 19%. However, a one-millimeter reduction in a child’s airways reduces the windpipe diameter by 56%, leading to a far more serious breathing issue.
As a parent, watch for frequent coughing that may occur during play. If a child has trouble keeping up with his or her friends, and frequently coughs when simply running around the playground, it could be a sign of asthma. During play or physical activity, a child may have less energy and simply struggle to keep up with friends. Coughing and struggling with breath can also occur during the night or when laughing or crying.
Listen closely to how a child breaths. If you hear a whistling or wheezing sound, it could point to asthma as well.
Many children who have asthma make a different type of breathing motion. Often when they struggle to breath they use their rib and neck muscles to help pull in air; if they make a see-saw motion when breathing heavily, it’s possible that a child has asthma.
They may also bring up the issue themselves, although they likely won’t approach you and say “I think I have asthma.” Instead, they may complain about tightness in their chest or say their chest hurts.
Again, these are signs of asthma, but certainly not proof. Discuss the issue with your doctor to determine whether your child is suffering from this condition before you make any decisions on treatment.
An asthma attack is slightly different than just having asthma. An asthma attack is a sudden increase in the symptoms of asthma, causing a significant and rapid decrease in the airway space. The lining in the airways can become suddenly swollen. The wrapping muscles can become tight, and mucus can increase, all in a matter of seconds. The result is serious, and in rare cases life-threatening, blockage of air.
An asthma attack often involves all the regular symptoms of asthma, only they come on rapidly and significantly affect the victim. They can be accompanied by panic, difficulty talking, and severe wheezing. In some cases, they can also include a blueish tint to the lips or fingernails.
If you or anyone else has any of these symptoms, it’s important to call 911 as soon as possible, as severe asthma attacks can be life threatening.
If a person has asthma, there are numerous outside triggers that can cause a light, mild, or severe attack. Cigarette smoke, for example, is a known irritant that can cause swelling in the windpipes, an increase in mucus, and a tightening of the muscles. Dust, often from dust mites is another common trigger as are many of the most common allergens, such as animal dander, mold spores and pollen.
Airborne chemicals, such as air sprays, may also trigger asthma attacks in some people. Different fumes can lead to asthma attacks, and sometimes simple exposure to strong odors will trigger an asthma attack. Even common medications can be a trigger.
The key for anyone with asthma is identifying their personal triggers and avoiding them as much as possible. Like allergies, knowing what gives you trouble and avoiding them will help you live in a safe and healthy manner.
So, what causes the condition of asthma? We know what triggers severe asthma attacks in people who have the condition, but what causes the condition in the first place?
Unfortunately, the medical community is still a little in the dark when it comes to the origins of asthma. Slowly and steadily, however, researchers are starting to uncover the potential roots of the condition, which could eventually lead to a cure or, at the very least, a way of lessening the effects.
Generally, the theories about asthma are separated into two categories: genetic and environmental.
Some factors that increase a person’s chances of asthma are directly related to their genetics. For example, factors like parents with asthma and an inherited tendency for allergy sensitivities or respiratory allergies can all increase the likelihood of asthma.
However, there are also environmental factors that are closely related to asthma. These include respiratory infections during childhood and contact with certain airborne allergens during childhood.
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, there’s a theory about the cause of asthma called the “hygiene hypothesis.” This theory states that the reason people get asthma is because the Western lifestyle, which (for good reason) stresses cleanliness and sanitation, reduces early infections in children and creates a decline in immune-system development.
There are other potential factors that seem to connect with asthma. Low birth weights in children seems to have a connection to higher rates of asthma, as does exposure to tobacco smoke.
While low birth weights in children could increase the risk of asthma, overweight adults are more likely to have asthma as well. People who are overweight are 38% more likely to have asthma compared to adults with healthier bodies according to Medical News Today.
Stress is another factor that could cause a person to have increased chances of asthma, but this is difficult to pinpoint because many stressed-out people participate in unhealthy activities, such as smoking and overeating. However, there is strong evidence that the immune system is compromised when stress is at a high level, regardless of other factors.
Another condition that affects many people is an issue called exercise-induced asthma. If someone has asthma, attacks can be triggered by many different factors. As we discussed above, triggers can include smoke, pollen, or pet dander, but they can also include physical exercise. If this is the case, it’s called “exercise-induced asthma.”
However, exercise-induced asthma attacks are unique because they only involve on issue: constriction of the airways. While other asthma attacks can involve constriction, swelling, and mucus buildup, exercise-induced asthma only includes constriction of the surrounding muscles.
Coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath are symptoms of exercise-induced asthma. They usually begin during or just after vigorous exercise but after a period of rest, the individual will recover. If conditions persist and the person has difficulty breathing even after a half-hour, it’s a good idea to seek medical assistance.
Exercise-induced asthma can be complicated by the typical factors related to asthma, such as pollen and dander. This makes the problem especially dangerous for people when exposed to other triggers during exercise. For example, jogging during pollen season can cause typical and exercise-induced asthma.
So how can all of this be prevented? Is it possible to reduce the frequency of asthma attacks or to cure the problem entirely? While few people can eliminate the condition from their lives, it is possible to reduce the severity and frequency of asthma attacks.
The first step is to avoid triggers such as smoke and dander. By keeping a clean home with good indoor air quality and avoiding areas where asthma triggers are present, you may be able to control your symptoms and avoid asthma attacks.
There are also medications that someone can take to provide both immediate and long-term asthma relief. Some medications are taken daily and can keep asthma under control, reducing the chance of an attack.
Other medications provide fast-acting relief, usually in the form of an inhaler. Inhalers are one of the most common defenses against asthma attacks. These tools contain different types of medicine the help open the tightened airways during an asthma attack. They provide a short but fast-acting relief and help asthma sufferers breathe easier.
Air purifiers are used in homes, business, and hospitals across the country to help clean the air and provide a safer, healthier indoor air environment. These machines, when used regularly, can help reduce the effects of allergies and other problems, but are they effective when used to combat asthma triggers.
While more scientific research is required to determine the specific results of using an air purifier for asthma, there is strong evidence that air purifiers can reduce the frequency of attacks.
For example, one study found that air purifiers can help reduce the amount of pet dander in the air and eventually lead to a reduction in asthma irritation.
The biggest contribution from air purifiers is the simple removal of triggers from the air. There are air purifiers designed to remove dander, pollen, smoke, chemicals, and all the common triggers, which will lead to greater lung health for everyone and fewer asthma attacks for the asthma sufferer.
However, there are other steps that you can take to improve your allergy and asthma condition. Basic home cleaning, for example, will remove dust and other contaminants from the air and will create a better environment for people (especially children) with asthma.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also called COPD, is a common condition that makes it difficult to breath. While the symptoms are similar to asthma, it is a very different condition that requires unique treatments.
First, COPD, as the name suggests, is chronic, meaning it is an ongoing and daily problem for suffers. Asthma sufferers may only have attacks every month or, if managed well, every year. COPD sufferers, however, deal with the condition every day.
In most cases, COPD can be treated and prevented. Smoking is the largest contributor to COPD, but exposure to air pollution, working with chemicals daily, and genetics can all cause the condition.
Create Cleaner Air for Your Family with Oransi
If you are looking for an air purifier to remove asthma triggers from your home, browse the large selection available from Oransi. We make the best air purifier for asthma since we have the highest efficiency true HEPA filters to remove the smallest of particles that trigger asthma attacks. Furthermore, in our OV200, EJ and ERIK models there is no ionizer or any other electronic device that could potentially create ozone.
With air purification systems for home and office, we have everything you need to improve the air in your home!
We hope you find this guide helpful.
If you have any questions related to indoor air quality or asthma in general, please do not hesitate to contact us. We only use US based reps who are knowledgable about asthma air purifiers.
PS, if you want to learn more be sure to check out our Beginner's Guide to an Air Purifier.