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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

10 things asthmatics can be thankful for

Originally published 11/ 26/12

Well, it's Thanksgiving time of year, and as usual I think it's time to sit down and ponder all the things we should be thankful for.  Being that this is an asthma site, I'm going to give 10 reasons we asthmatics should be thankful.

1.  Doctors today have a pretty good understanding of what asthma is, that it's a disease of acute airway spasms, yet it's a disease of chronic airway inflammation.   
2.  Doctors have rescue medicine they can prescribe for you to use during an acute attack.  These medicines (which include your Albuterol inhaler) will help you get quick releif when you're feeling sick.  

3.  Doctors have access to asthma controller medicines like Advair and Symbicort that, when used daily, help control asthma and prevent acute asthma attacks.  

4.  Most asthma contrller medicines only need to be taken once or twice a day, and this makes it easier to remember to take them.  This was a major breakthrough in asthma treatment.  

5.  Thanks to the Internet, various asthma guidelines, and asthma research hospitals like National Jewish Health, doctors have access to all the up to date asthma wisdom and medicines.  

6.  Asthma is no longer believed to be all in your head.  This was a theory that emulated through the medical community since Galen in the 1st century A.D. It was gradually put to rest between 1950 and 2000.  

7.  Thanks to the invention of the modern nebulizer and electric air compressor, asthmatics can get quick relief of their asthma right in the comfort of their own homes.  

8.  Thanks to the invention of the modern inhaler asthmatics have a neat, handy little container that holds asthma rescue medicine, and they can take it with them anywhere they go.  

9.  Scientists are discovering new asthma genes and coming up with new asthma theories on a daily basis.  This is making possible the eventual ideal asthma treatment and even a possible cure.  

10.  Websites like this where asthmatics can learn about their disease and communicate with other people who also have it.  

So what are some things you're thankful for this year?  

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