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Asthma is a disorder that is caused by inflammation and narrowing of the airways. This results from the tightening of the muscles lining them and causes breathing problems especially in breathing out.

What to look for

 

Inflammation in the chest. Sneezing and irritation in the nose, this may also cause hay fever. A sudden shortness of breath and occasionally coughing and also wheezing of the chest. A tight feeling in the chest. It can also cause insomnia or restlessness
The above symptoms are not always present in a attack . It is not quite Recognized why some people get asthma, although, it is known that asthma is made worse by certain aggravations called trigger factors. Swelling of the airways is the body’s response to these triggers and this arises in an asthma attack. There are some people who only undergo a very mild attacks and for others the condition is serious enough to have specialised medical care. You should be monitored regularly by a Health Professional if you have asthma, and you must seek immediate medical intervention for a serious episode. By Recognizing your triggers early, you can learn to ease the intensity and occurrence of asthma attacks and perhaps even avoid them totally.
With asthma the problem is not with breathing in, but when you breath out. During an asthma episode, the muscle spasms and swelling in the bronchial tissues narrow the lungs' tiny airways, which then becomes clogged with excess mucus. Musty air gets trapped in the bottom of the lungs, forcing you to use the top part to inhale for air. In Mild and controlled episodes consist of short episodes of panting and wheezing. In Serious cases, the lungs' airways become so narrow and clogged that breathing is impossible.
Asthma is somewhat common. Up to one in every 10 adults and about one in every 5 children and young people are affected by asthma.


Causes

If you suffer from asthma it means that your airways are sensitive to certain trigger factors. The most common substances to cause the attacks or at least asthma type symptoms are dust mites, cigarette smoke, pollen, animal fur, grass, mould, animal dander and certain foods and food additives. If one of these substances are inhaled it can trigger the release of histamine and other body chemicals, then this causes an allergic reaction and asthma episodes. An allergic reaction is an over reaction to something, by the body’s natural defence system. The changes in the environment can also bring on an attack and these are also known as trigger Factors - coughing, strong smells, exercise, laughing, changes in air temperature and certain medications and breathing deeply. There are certain chemicals that can trigger asthma - paint fumes, grain and flour dusts, perfumes, and sawdust from timber.
The symptoms may only occur several hours after you were exposed to the chemical. The other triggers are medications such as aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs, and beta-blockers. Viral respiratory infections are also common triggers. So try to avoid people with these infections.

When to seek further professional advice

 

If you or a person with you suffers from any of the signs above for the first time or if they are suffering from a particularly serious episodes. If the prescribed asthma medicine does not work for you in the time it is supposed to… You need a new prescription And if you or the person with asthma feels as if they are suffocating, making it difficult to talk; Get immediate emergency treatment.

Alternative/Natural Treatments

There are many people who have had success with alternative asthma treatments, but even advocates recommend these methods only as complements to regular therapy. Remember: Once you’ve been diagnosed with asthma you should be monitored by a doctor.

Aromatherapy - Frankincense, thyme, clary sage, cypress. These herbs are not to be inhaled, they can be used in a vapouriser or put in a carrier oil and used for massaging purposes only.
Herbal Therapies - Elecampane (Inula helenium), acts as a soothing expectorant, may help clear the body of excess mucus.
Yoga
- Yoga can help you learn how to breathe deeply and to relax,
Homoeopathy - To help calm insomnia and anxiety, take Arsenicum album. For symptoms that Regress at night or during cold weather, or that occur very suddenly, take Aconite. For symptoms Worsened by dampness, take Natrum sulphuricum. For more relieves and acquired dosages, you will need professional help.
Chinese Herbs - use expectorant and anti-asthmatic herbs that clear the body of reserved fluid. Ephedra (Ephedra sinica) is a powerful bronchodilator. Only use this herb under the supervision of a qualified Chinese medical practitioner as it can cause serious side effects.
Try to use Soy milk as alternative to milk and try to identify your triggers Also try to avoid foods and drinks that contains artificial flavorings, colorings and preservatives and dairy products (as they are mucus forming) By gentle aerobic exercise can help strengthen the heart and lung areas.

Traditional Treatment

 

To discover if you have asthma, your doctor will likely administer a pulmonary function test, which measures the strength of your exhalation. Certain medications may be prescribed for this condition.
If you suffer from asthma, you should see your doctor regularly… For serious episodes, conventional medical treatment is always required. Nevertheless, a number of alternative treatments can be helpful when used in Combination with conventional therapy. Following a study of asthma, your first step must be to work with your doctor to develop a treatment or management plan. Part of this plan is, that the physician might ask you to keep a daily diary, entering environmental and unstable factors that bring on asthma episodes. This will not only help the doctor to monitor the disease but will help you recognise and avoid your asthma triggers.

The information contained in this Site/Service is not intended nor is it implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or taken for medical diagnosis or treatment.

Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-17