To manage your asthma better, you need to understand how asthma works. Here are the basics.
- Asthma is a chronic condition. Unlike a cold or a broken arm, which eventually goes away or heals, asthma is an illness that will always be there. As of today, there is no cure for asthma, but if you follow the 7-P Principles, you can keep your asthma under control and get back to living life on your own terms.
- Asthma can be traced to the way your lungs function. The lungs in people with asthma function differently than those without asthma: asthmatic lungs produce extra mucus, they tighten, and they become inflamed. These factors can cause airways to “clog” and can lead to difficulty breathing. Thankfully, asthma is what’s known as reversible airway obstruction. The 7-P Principles will get you back on track to easy breathing.
- What you can’t see can hurt you. Asthma symptoms like cough and wheezing can tip us off to problems, but even when you feel fine or close to fine, your lungs may not be operating at maximum capacity. The 7-P Principles can help you address your whole system and make sure that you stay on top of your asthma even when you are feeling “fine.”
Understanding that asthma is a long-term condition that is at times “invisible” (occurring below the surface in the lungs) can help you appreciate the importance of staying on top of your asthma treatment. Understand the problem, and you will have the foundation you need to “beat” asthma.