Autonomic Dysfunction

An imbalance of the autonomic nervous system with a blunted p-adrenergic response and hyperresponsiveness of the " p-adrenergic and cholinergic systems have been documented in asthmatics, although this defect is not unique for asthma. The exact contribution of the disarray of autonomic imbalances found in asthmatic subjects is not clear. Some of the abnormalities are also found in allergic subjects and in patients suffering from cystic fibrosis. These data suggest that asthmatics have an inherently reduced ability to sustain open airways and a tendency for airflow obstruction based on an inherent defect in their autonomic balance.

Coping with Asthma

Coping with Asthma

If you suffer with asthma, you will no doubt be familiar with the uncomfortable sensations as your bronchial tubes begin to narrow and your muscles around them start to tighten. A sticky mucus known as phlegm begins to produce and increase within your bronchial tubes and you begin to wheeze, cough and struggle to breathe.

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