by Clifford W. Bassett, MD, FAAAAI
Asthma and other related respiratory diseases are common in older adults because there is a decrease in lung capacity in people over the age of 40. The senior age group represents the fastest growing segment in our country, and, therefore, asthma is a disease of significant importance.
Since asthma has a genetic origin and is a disease you are born with, passed down from generation to generation, the question isn’t really “What causes asthma?” but rather “What causes asthma symptoms to appear?”
You might not think your nose is a “vital organ,” but indeed it is! To understand its importance, all that most people need to experience is a bad cold. Nasal congestion and a runny nose have a noticeable effect on quality of life, energy level, ability to breathe, ability to sleep, and ability to function in general.