The exact causes of asthma are not well-known. However, the symptoms of asthma can be triggered by the exposure to irritants and allergens such as smoke, pollen and dust mites.
- Asthma has no cure. Common symptoms of asthma are chest tightness and chest pains, coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
- Low levels of vitamin D have been associated with the highest risk of asthma attacks.
- Adding vitamin D supplements to the standard treatment for asthma will help to reduce the risk of severe asthma attacks.
The risk of hospital admission or emergency department visits due to severe asthma attacks was reduced from 6 percent to 3 percent with oral vitamin D supplementation, the researchers report, and no severe side effects were identified.
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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.
It is in St Johns's Wood, a leafy area of the west end, just north of Harley Street and Regent's Park. The London Independent Hospital is in Stepney Green, hidden away just behind Mile End Road, just to the East of the City of London. Formally The London Jewish Hospital, it is a purpose built modern building with full facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, state of the art laser systems and, in case anything goes wrong (it really shouldn't), a fully covered Consultant 24 hour ward and Intensive Care presence - the only private hospital in London to have this.