Asthma is a constrictive and inflammatory airway disease which causes coughing, wheezing, and breathing difficulty. It affects about 3% of the US population, and children under the age of 10 are most at risk.
The key to the natural treatment of asthma is to reduce allergic exposure to pollens, dust, molds, animal dander, wheat, dairy, and eggs.
Skin and blood allergy testing can indicate allergic triggers. Most conventional allergists check for IgE mediated allergies but naturopathic doctors will also check for IgG and IgA mediated sensitivities. Once the triggers are identified, a plan should be developed to reduce exposure. For instance carpets should be removed and special beddings used to reduce dust mite exposure. Air filters such as HEPA and ionizing air purifiers work well, but ionization units should have low ozone output, which can also be an irritant.