A lot of people around the world have asthma or other forms of allergies. Most of them suffer from symptoms like a runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, difficulty breathing and chest tightness during a flare-up. The main culprit of which are small creatures, measuring only around one-third of a millimeter, known as dust mites.
Sugar might do a lot more than just plumping up our kids, it could also trigger asthma as what most researchers suggest.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that approximately 18.4 million adults in the US have asthma. An additional 6.2 million US kids are also living with this condition.
It has been said that microbes on farms can help protect kids from allergies and asthma. But even non-microbial molecules are showing protective effects. This has been proven true by immunologist from the University of Zurich. Researches showed that sialic acid present in farm life is effective against inflammation of lung tissues. This study opened up many perspectives for the control and possible treatments of allergies.
More and more people are suffering from asthma and allergies. In the past years, these conditions have greatly increased in industrialized nations. Now, approximately 30% of kids have allergies – with the exception of those living in farms. Among farm kids, this condition is increasing less dramatically as compared to their friends who live in the same village but does not have a farm set-up. Microbes that are present in greater amounts and greater diversity on farms protect kids from asthma and allergy. A surrounding that is not highly hygienic somehow shows a positive effect on the development of the immune system. There is sensitization. The body learns not to react to harmless materials as is the case with allergic triggers.
Allergies including asthma occur when triggers are breathed through the air, causing irritation, inflammation, and narrowing of the upper airway passages. Common triggers would include pollen, dust mites, molds, and pet dander. Common symptoms would include sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, and nasal congestion. Furthermore, these can further cause poor sleep, sleepiness during daytime, and of course fatigue.
Allergies may occur all throughout the year, though attacks are said to be more common during springtime. When it happens seasonally, it is commonly caused by airborne particles from grass, outdoor molds, trees, and ragweed.
Milk products have long been associated with asthma due to increased mucus secretion, and it is not surprising to know that people, and sometimes, even doctors, believe that it is needed to avoid dairy products if you have asthma. However, emerging data from current studies and other literature are showing different results. Some say that regular-fat milk products may even have a protective role against this condition. The components in milk that are said to be beneficial include vitamin D and fat.
Knowing the importance of milk in support for growth and development and as part of a balanced and healthy diet, is it really recommended to restrict milk among asthmatic patients?