Asthma and Allergies and Toxins
Asthma is a respiratory condition that restricts breathing when the bronchi in the lungs spasm. People with asthma are generally sensitive to allergens, which can trigger an asthma attack. Asthma and allergies are different, but both involve inflammation and irritants to the lungs from external triggers.
Asthma and Allergy Statistics
More than 17 million people in the United States suffer from asthma, which is about 6 percent of the entire country’s population. Just over half of these cases are found in children aged 10 and below. Most cases of asthma development in children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old. Boys are more than twice as likely as girls to develop asthma.
Allergies are quite prevalent in the United States, with 1 in 5 people suffering from allergy symptoms. Allergies are the 5th most common chronic condition in the country as well. It costs approximately $7.9 billion each year for the health care system and businesses to deal with treatment and lost work due to allergies.
Causes of Asthma and Allergies
When it comes to asthma and allergies, genetics plays a key part in whether a child is more likely to develop either one. If one parent has allergies or asthma, the child is almost 50 percent more likely to develop the condition. Two parents with asthma or allergies boost the likelihood to over 70 percent. With the genetic sensitivity in place, all it takes is environmental triggers, such as cigarette smoke, pollutants, and airborne toxins. Asthma and allergies cannot be prevented or cured, only managed to minimize attacks.
The most vulnerable group for asthma is children because of the early manifestation. Asthma can also lead to hospital time, and around 44 percent of all people hospitalized for the condition are children. Pregnant women with asthma that experience a serious attack may deprive the fetus of oxygen, leading to complications. While any person at any age can suffer from allergies or asthma, these groups, in particular, are especially sensitive to the problem.
A range of environmental toxins can contribute to allergies and asthma. While natural triggers include pollen, animal dander, and dust mites, there are plenty of synthetic chemicals and toxins that can affect the lungs. Avoiding these triggers as much as possible is the best way for people to manage their asthma or allergies. Studies are just starting to show that many common chemicals in the home may be linked to increased asthma and allergy cases. Certain gasses that are emitted from synthetic material, like plastic or foam, can be inhaled and set off an attack.
Toxins and Mattresses
Conventional mattresses are full of synthetic materials that produce off-gassing, or gasses that are emitted from the surface. In addition, the flames retardant chemicals that manufacturers spray onto mattresses, as required by law, also emit unhealthy toxins. While studies are only just now beginning to understand the link between mattresses and asthma and allergies, growing evidence suggests that those with sensitivities may be at a higher risk of attacks.
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