I am suffering from Asthma since my childhood. I have been using Inhalers time to time. But this disease never disappeared. I am worried that I may be having some deficiency. Is Asthma caused by a deficiency of some nutrition?
Asthma is a disease mainly affecting the respiratory system or the breathing tract. It is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
Eczema, allergic rhinitis, wheezing and asthma are manifestation of the same illness.
People with asthma may have one or more of the following
– shortness of breath
The symptoms appear during an asthma attack and they may completely resolve afterwards.
Any of the following may trigger an asthma attack:
Inhaled allergens and respiratory irritants – house dust mites, animal dander – specially cat’s and dog’s, moulds, cockroaches, pollen, cigarette smoke, wood smoke, strong perfumes, chlorine based cleaning products, air pollutants.
Infections – viral respiratory infections, sinusitis
Co-existing disease conditions – obesity, gastro-oesophageal reflux / stomach acid reflux, chronic stress and depression.
Medications – painkillers (NSAID), aspirin, beta-blockers (a group of medicines used to treat high blood pressure).
Other – weather changes, cold air, physical exercise. , 
If a child is exposed to the natural environment at very young age (below 1 year) his/her risk of developing asthma reduces. Thus, extreme hygienic practices can be a reason for later development of asthma.
There is a belief in our community that if eczema is cured by some medical treatment, those people will develop asthma. This is not true. Eczema can disappear spontaneously.
Nutritional deficiency has not been recognized as a cause of asthma.
If your symptoms are not controlled with inhalers, you need to talk to your family physician and discuss about the possible causes. Some people need to take inhalers continuously for a period of time achieve good control. There are different kinds of inhalers and your doctor will be able to determine which is most suitable for your condition. The other common reason for uncontrolled symptoms is wrong inhaler technique. Your doctor can teach you the correct technique.
- Platts-Mills TA, Vervloet D, Thomas WR, et al. “Indoor allergens and asthma: report of the Third International Workshop.” J Allergy Clin Immunol 1997; 100:S2.
- Platts-Mills TA. “The role of indoor allergens in chronic allergic disease.” J Allergy Clin Immunol 2007; 119:297.