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Asthma is a chronic lung disease that affects approximately 7% of adults and 9% of children in the United States. Asthma symptoms include wheezing, coughing, out of breath, and other breathing difficulties. These symptoms are triggered by allergens or non- allergens. Allergens include seasonal pollens, dust, mould, pets, insects and non-allergens could be a cold, smoke, exercise, anxiety, humidity etc... Some researchers believe that all breathing disorders are related and others disagree, either way there is no current cure for asthma but there are many ways to control its conditions.

Although asthma is not a physiological problem stress and anxiety could increase the intensity of the symptoms. To help with asthma and stress control yoga can relax the body, open up the chest cavity, increases lung capacity and offers some great exercise.

Asthma is connected to genetics; Medicine Net quotes "You have a 6% chance of having asthma if neither parent has the condition, a 30% chance if one parent has it, and a 70% chance if both parents have it." If asthma runs in your family look for signs in your children and notify your pediatrician.

Eczema is a skin disease that causes symptoms such as itchy, inflamed skin. Doctors do not understand what causes eczema but they conclude that it is related to an abnormality in ones immune system. Some forms of eczema can be triggered by contact irritants such as fabrics and jewelry or eczema can be a reaction to allergens. Where there is a family history of eczema or of other allergies such as asthma or hay fever eczema is more prevalent.

There are different types of eczema. They are categorized by the way it appears on the skin.

  1. Atopic dermatitis is a disease of the skin thought to be caused by an abnormality in the immune system; it is hereditary and not contagious.
  2. Contact eczema is a rash that is triggered as an allergic reaction upon contact, E.G: nickel jewelry.
  3. Seborrheic eczema is oily and scaly patches of irritated skin. It often manifest itself as dandruff in adults and cradle cap in infants.
  4. Nummular eczema is an allergy related coin shaped rash most commonly found on the legs, back and buttocks.
  5. Neurodermatitis begins with a single localized itch. The itchiness will come and go and the skin will be raised, red and leathery. This is more common in women.
  6. Stasis dermatitis a skin disease affecting adults in their lower leg and ankles. It is often related to poor circulation in the veins. Symptoms are inflammation, redness, thinning skin and skin spots.
  7. Dyshidrotic eczema manifests itself as itchy blistery rash filled with fluid. It is found mostly on the fingers and palm of the hand. In some cases this is found on the foot.

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