Though asthma is a common health condition, finding the right treatments for it is not always as straightforward as you'd think. Learning ways to effectively manage asthma can be a process of trial and error for many people with this health issue.
"Asthma causes inflammation and narrowing of your airways, which makes it difficult to breathe. This is dangerous, as all of your organs need oxygen to survive," Dr. Purvi Parikh, an allergist and immunologist with the Allergy and Asthma Network, and an ambassador for the Global Allergy and Asthma Patient Platform (GAAPP), tells Bustle. According to WHO, an estimated 235 million people worldwide live with asthma.
Despite being a widespread, chronic condition, the cause of asthma (and its triggers) can vary from person to person, and even from season to season. What's more, research has shown the disorder is more common in women than in men. As the CDC reported, common asthma triggers can include allergens, air pollution, mold, exercise, bad or extreme weather, certain foods, dust mites, and even infections. Asthma symptoms can range in severity, but Parikh says it is "serious condition," adding that there are still 10 deaths every day in the U.S. alone from asthma.
Finding the things that help control your asthma may take time — especially given this condition tends to uniquely impact each and every person living with it. Here's what seven women do to manage their asthma on regular basis.