is not enough research available to determine if asthma
can be inherited or not. If there is no genetic (inherited) link, then
the present belief is still that there are two types of asthma
triggers, allergens, which causes atopic asthma attacks and non-atopic
asthma attacks, which has no known cause.
For cases of atopic asthma, any number of microscopic airborne
particles can trigger an attack. Mold spores are being increasingly
recognized today as asthma triggers. This may be one reason asthma is
on the rise in the U.S. The increased use of home insulation materials
prevents the beneficial air exchange, which encourages the growth of
mold. Also an increasing use of basement conversions as living space is
another source of increased mold exposure. Besides mold spores, the
other common allergens that can trigger an attack are pollen, grasses,
Non-atopic asthma is difficult to diagnose, as allergy testing can be
an exhaustive process. If there truly is a form of asthma that is not
triggered from pollen, grass, mold, fungus, chemicals, or some
environmental factor, more research needs to be done to find it. A
genetic link is still possible although a nervous system or hormonal
link to asthma is believed to be more likely.
Chiropractors have successfully treated asthma in a number of ways.
Chiropractic manipulation in the area of the upper back can relieve
tension on the nerves that supply the bronchial tubes. This may be an
effective way to control a non-atopic asthma condition. Other forms of
therapy, nutritional support, and lifestyle changes, have also been
recommended by chiropractors to help decrease the number and the
severity of asthma attacks.
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