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Pulmonologist Clinic

Salem-Kanyakumari Hwy, Vandanam Alappuzha
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Residence is known for housing experienced Pulmonologists. Dr. Venu Gopal, a well-reputed Pulmonologist, practices in Alappuzha. Visit this medical health centre for Pulmonologists recommended by 46 patients.

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अस्थमा का आयुर्वेदिक इलाज - Asthma Ka Ayurvedic Ilaaj!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
अस्थमा का आयुर्वेदिक इलाज - Asthma Ka Ayurvedic Ilaaj!

अस्थमा श्वसन संबंधी रोग होता है जो सांस लेने में कठिनाई पैदा करता है. अस्थमा में श्वास नलियों की सूजन आ जाती है जिस कारण श्वसनमार्ग संकुचित हो जाता है. श्वसनमार्ग के संकुचित हो जाने से सांस लेते समय आवाज़ आना, श्वास की कमी, सीने में जकड़न और खाँसी आदि समस्याएं होने लगती हैं.
इस लेख के माध्यम से हम आपको अस्थमा का आयुर्वेदिक इलाज बताने जा रहे हैं.

अस्थमा का आयुर्वेदिक इलाज-


* आयुर्वेदिक दवाएं में कोई साइड इफेक्ट्स नहीं होता हैं और सुरक्षित है. यह अस्थमा के इलाज में बहुत हद्द तक कारगर है. कुछ आयुर्वेदिक दवाओं को शामिल कर के अस्थमा को ठीक किया जा सकता है जैसे कंटकारी अवालेह, अगस्त्याप्रश, चित्रक, कनाकसव इत्यादि.
* रात का खाना जितना हल्का हो सके लें व सोने से एक घंटे पहले ही खा लें.
* अस्थमा से बचने के लिए सुबह और शाम को टहलने के लिए निकलें. इसके अलावा योग में आसान भी कर सकते है जैसे ‘प्राणायाम’ और मेडिटेशन.
* अस्थमा के मरीज को मुश्किल एक्सरसाइज करने से बचना चाहिए.
* हवादार कमरे में रहें और सोएं. एयर कंडीशनर, कूलर और पंखों की सीधी हवा से बचें.
* अस्थमा रोगी को ठंडे और नम स्थानों से दूर रहना चाहिए.
* स्मोकिंग,टोबैको और ड्रिंक करने से बचे. कमरे में किसी खुसबूदार चीजे जैसे इत्र अगरबत्ती या अन्य चीजों का प्रयोग ना करें.
* गजर और पालक के उचित अनुपात मरीन मिलकर रोजाना रस पीएं.
* जौ, कुल्थी, बथुआ, द्रम स्तिच्क अदरक, करेला, लहसुन को अस्थमा रोगी को नियमित रूप से लेना चाहिए.
* मूलेठी और अदरक को आधा चम्मच एक कप पानी में डाल कर पीएं.
* तुलसी रोग प्रतिरोधक क्षमता को भी बढ़ाती है, इसलिए अस्थमा के मरीजों को तुलसी का सेवन करना चाहिए.
* जो लोग इस रोग का सामना आकर रहे हैं, वह हर मौसम के आगमन पर पंचकर्म की नस्य या शिरोविरेचन की साहयता लें.
* यदि रात में अस्थमा का अटैक आ जाए, तो छाती और पीठ पर गर्म तिल के तेल का सेंक करें.
* घर में एक शीशी प्राणधारा की अवश्य रखें. उसमें अजवाइन का सत् होता है, जिसकी भाप दमा के दौरे में राहत देती है.
* एक चौथाई चम्मच सोंठ, छ: काली मिर्च, काला नमक एक चौथाई चम्मच, तुलसी की 5 पत्तियों को पानी में उबाल कर पीने से भी दमा में आराम मिलता है.
* एक चौथाई प्याज का रस, शहद एक चम्मच, काली मिर्च 1/8 चम्मच को पानी के साथ लें.

अस्थमा के घरेलू उपचार - Asthma Ke Gharelu Upchaar!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
अस्थमा के घरेलू उपचार - Asthma Ke Gharelu Upchaar!

अस्थमा श्वसन संबंधी रोग होता है जो सांस लेने में कठिनाई पैदा करता है. अस्थमा में श्वास नलियों की सूजन आ जाती है जिस कारण श्वसनमार्ग संकुचित हो जाता है. श्वसनमार्ग के संकुचित हो जाने से सांस लेते समय आवाज़ आना, श्वास की कमी, सीने में जकड़न और खाँसी आदि समस्याएं होने लगती हैं. 
आइए इस लेख के माध्यम से हम अस्थमा के घरेलू उपचारों के बारे में जानें ताकि इस विषय में लोगों को जागरूक किया जा सके.

अस्थमा के कारण-

* जीवनशैली में परिवर्तन जैसे मिलावटी आहार और ज्यादा स्पाइसी खाना या सूखे आहार का ज्यादा सेवन
* स्ट्रेस या किसी बात के डर से भी अस्थमा हो सकता है
* ब्लड में किसी तरह का डिफेक्ट
* स्मोकिंग और टोबैको का सेवन
* नजल पाइप में धूल या मिट्टी फंस जाना
* प्रदुषण से होने वाली समस्या
* पर्यावरणीय कारक
* अधिक परिश्रम करना

अस्थमा के लक्षण-
* सांस फूलना और सांस लेने में तकलीफ होती है
* निरंतर खांसी आना
* सांस लेते समय व्हूप की आवाज आना
* छाती में संकुचन
* खांसी के साथ कफ का बाहर नहीं आना

अस्थमा के घरेलू उपचार-
* आयुर्वेदिक दवाएं बहुत सुरक्षित हैं और काफी हद तक समस्या का इलाज है. कुछ आम दवाओं कंटकारी अवालेह, अगस्त्याप्रश, चित्रक, कनाकसव का प्रयोग किया जा सकता है.
* रात का खाना जितना हल्का हो सके लें व सोने से एक घंटे पहले ही खा लें.
* सुबह या शाम टहलें और योग में मुख्य रूप से ‘प्राणायाम’ और भावातीत ध्यान करें.
* अस्थमा के मरीज अधिक व्यायाम करने से बचें.
* हवादार कमरे में रहें और सोएं. एयर कंडीशनर, कूलर और पंखों की सीधी हवा से बचें.
* इस दौरान आपको ठंडे और नम स्थानों से दूर ही रहना चाहिए.
* धूम्रपान चबाने वाली तम्बाकू, शराब और कृत्रिम मिठास और ठंडे पेय न लें. जिन्हें इत्र से इलर्जी हैं, वे अगरबत्ती, मच्छर रेपेलेंट्स का प्रयोग न करें.
* दो तिहाई गाजर का रस, एक तिहाई पालक का रस, एक गिलास रोज पिएं.
* जौ, कुल्थी, बथुआ, द्रम स्तिच्क अदरक, करेला, लहसुन का अस्थमा में नियमित रूप से सेवन किया जा सकता है.
* मूलेठी और अदरक आधा-आधा चम्मच एक कप पानी में लेना बहुत उपयोगी होता है.
* तुलसी रोग प्रतिरोधक क्षमता को बढ़ाती है, इसलिए अस्थमा के मरीजों को तुलसी का सेवन करना चाहिए.
* जो लोग इस रोग की चपेट में आ चुके हैं, उनके लिए हर ऋतु के प्रारम्भ में एक-एक सप्ताह तक पंचकर्म की नस्य या शिरोविरेचन चिकित्सा इस रोग की रोकथाम में सहायक होती है.
* दिल्ली के शालीमार बाग स्थित महर्षि आयुर्वेद अस्पताल में इसकी अच्छी व्यवस्था है.
* रात-विरात यदि दमा प्रकुपित हो जाए, तो छाती और पीठ पर गर्म तिल तेल का सेंक करें.
* घर में एक शीशी प्राणधारा की अवश्य रखें. उसमें अजवाइन का सत् होता है, जिसकी भाप दमा के दौरे में राहत देती है.
* एक चौथाई चम्मच सोंठ, छ: काली मिर्च, काला नमक एक चौथाई चम्मच, तुलसी की 5 पत्तियों को पानी में उबाल कर पीने से भी दमा में आराम मिलता है.
* एक चौथाई प्याज का रस, शहद एक चम्मच, काली मिर्च 1/8 चम्मच को पानी के साथ लें.
 

My sister suffers from tuberculosis. After taking medicine for 2-3 days she faces skin rash with fever. Is it due to allergy?

BHMS
Homeopath, Noida
It is possible that he is allergic to some medicine that was given to her. You see her attending physician immediately.
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How long a TB patient can transmit disease after medicine starts? Some says 15 days ,some 2 months. I mean how long one should avoid TB patient after medication.

MD, EDRM
Pulmonologist, Patna
Transmission of disease depend upon many factor but considering sputum positive PTB, till the time sputum is negative which in most cases by one month is the time when chances of transmission is more.
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Cough that is dry and with white phloem that does not come out easily. I have been having this in cold season every year and once this cough catches, I land up with the struggle or a month or more. It appears as though I eel allergic to cold/dust. Also once the cough starts gets severe, there is non stop urination in droplets. Uncontrollable and stinks. This time that same condition has just started and I plan to take azax 500. Along with that cheston. Will that help?

MD (Physician), MD (Pulmonology)
Pulmonologist, Bareilly
Dear Lybrate user, you are suffering from infection of chest and urinary tract. Kindly get your CBC ESR and Urine routine tests done and contact on Lybrate Consultation Platform for better understanding your problem and treatment advice. Drink Plenty of Fluids and empty bladder in a timely fashion. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
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What Is Nasal Polyps?

MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi

Nasal polyps
Nasal polyps are soft and painless benign growths on the lining of the sinuses and nasal passages. Nasal polyps hang down as grapes or teardrops. Polyps can occur in one or both nostrils at a time. They can occur due to allergies, chronic infection, drug sensitivity, some immune disorders, or chronic inflammation because of asthma. You may not experience symptoms if you have small nasal polyps. People with many nasal polyps or larger growths may experience blockage in the nasal passages, breathing problems, frequent infections and loss of sense of smell. Nasal polyps are more prone to adults and males but they can affect any person. Your doctor may prescribe you certain medicines in order to eliminate or shrink nasal polyps. In some cases, surgery is required in order to remove nasal polyps. There is a possibility that nasal polyps can return even after proper treatment.

Symptoms
It is not necessary that you will experience symptoms if you have nasal polyps. Due to polyps, there can be a blockage in the nasal passages leading to chronic congestion. Check out various signs or symptoms of nasal polyps:

-  People with nasal polyps may have a sensation that their nose is blocked.

-  Due to nasal polyps, people may not sense the smell properly.

-  People with nasal polyps may feel a pressure in the face or forehead.

-  Nasal polyps can make you breathe through the mouth.

-  Running nose, nasal stuffiness, and nasal congestion are all the possible signs of nasal polyps.

-  You may suffer from sleep apnea due to nasal polyps. Postnasal drip is a situation in which excess mucus collects in the back of the nose or throat.

-  Snoring can be a symptom of nasal polyps.

-  If you also have a sinus infection with the nasal polyps then you may also suffer from headaches or pain.

Causes-
The causes of polyps are still not known. There is no clarification on the part that why people get chronic inflammation or why inflammation leads to the formation of nasal polyps in some people and not in other people. The chronic inflammation happens in the mucous membrane of the sinuses and nose. As per some evidence, it is clear that people who get nasal polyps have different chemical makers in the fluid-producing lining and a different response of immune system than people who do not get nasal polyps. Nasal polyps can occur to any person at any age. But it has been noticed that they are more prone to middle-aged and young adults. There is a possibility that people can get nasal polyps with no nasal problems in the past. As per scientists, there can be some possible triggers including:

-  Churg-Strauss syndrome

-  Asthma

-  Cystic fibrosis

-  Allergic rhinitis or hay fever

-  Recurring or chronic sinus infections

-  Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug sensitivity including aspirin or ibuprofen

How is it diagnosed?
As soon as you discover that you have nasal polyps, you should see a doctor as polyps can lead to various complications. Your doctor conducts a general physical examination and also an exam of your nose. Your doctor will check the polyps with the help of a lighted instrument. Your doctor will do a diagnosis depending on your various answers to queries about the symptoms that you are experiencing. Your doctor may ask you to get various diagnostic tests done in order to confirm the diagnosis:

-  Nasal endoscopy: Your doctor conducts a detailed examination of the sinuses and nose with the help of a narrow tube with an illuminated magnifying lens or small camera, known as a nasal endoscope. The doctor inserts the nasal endoscope into your nostril and then guides it into your nasal passage or nasal cavity.

-  Imaging studies: Your doctor obtains the images with the help of computerized tomography which helps your doctor to point to the location and size of polyps in deeper regions of the sinuses. It also helps the doctor to find out the range of the inflammation. Other obstructions in the nasal cavity including abnormalities in the structure or different type of noncancerous or cancerous growth can be found out by the doctors with the help of these studies.

-  Allergy tests: Your doctor may ask you to get the epidermis test done in order to find out if allergies are developing due to chronic inflammation. A skin prick test can be conducted in which a few drops of allergens, substances that might be causing an allergy are pricked into the epidermis of your upper back or forearm. The drops of allergens are left on your epidermis for some minutes. Then your doctor observes your epidermis to check the signs or symptoms of allergic reactions. If it not possible to conduct a skin test then your doctor may ask you to get a blood test done that find out specific antibodies to allergens.

-  Test for cystic fibrosis: If it is diagnosed that your child has nasal polyps then your doctor may order you to get the tests done for cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disorder in which the lungs and digestive system damage and it can threaten the life of the affected person. The diagnostic test for cystic fibrosis is a sweat test which is noninvasive that determines if the perspiration of your child is saltier as compared to the sweat of most people.

Prevention
Check out various ways that will help you to get prevention from nasal polyps:

-  If you feel the dry air in your home then you should use a humidifier.

-  You should wash your hands frequently especially after coming from outside or before starting a meal. This helps to reduce the chances of catching a viral or bacterial infection which can lead to a case of inflammation of the nasal passages and sinuses.

-  You should avoid those substances that can create an irritation including chemicals, airborne pollutants, and some allergens. This may help you to reduce the chances of developing nasal polyps.

-  You should manage your allergies and asthma properly. It is important to follow whatever is recommended by your doctor related to allergy and asthma treatment as it will reduce the risk of developing polyps.

-  You should rinse the nasal passages with a saline spray or nasal lavage as it will help you to remove allergens and irritants and make better the flow of mucus.

Treatment
It is a challenge to clear polyps completely. Your doctor will suggest you the best treatment option as per your condition in order to manage your symptoms and treat the factors that can lead to chronic inflammation. The treatment is given so that the size of polyps can be reduced or polyps can be eliminated. Initially, medicines are given to treat the affected person. In certain situations, the doctor may prescribe to go for a surgery. There is a possibility that polyps can recur that is why surgery is not a permanent treatment option.

Medications:
In the treatment of nasal polyps, the doctor generally prescribes medicines in the starting. The medicines help to shrink and remove the polyps even the larger ones. Check out various medicines for the treatment of polyps:

-  Nasal corticosteroids: Your doctor may prescribe nasal corticosteroid spray that will help you to minimize inflammation. By this treatment, polyps can eliminate or shrink. Budesonide (Rhinocort), fluticasone (Veramyst, Flonase), mometasone (Nasonex), flunisolide, ciclesonide (Omnaris), beclomethasone (Beconase AQ), and triamcinolone (Nasacort Allergy 24HR) are some of the nasal corticosteroids.

-  Oral and injectable corticosteroids: Your doctor may recommend you an oral corticosteroid including prednisone if a nasal corticosteroid does not work for you. You can take it alone or in combination with a spray related to the nose. There are some side effects of oral corticosteroids that is why they are taken for a short period. If you have severe nasal polyps then your doctor may recommend injectable corticosteroids.

-  Other medications: To treat the conditions which may contribute to inflammation (chronic) in the sinuses and nasal passages, a doctor may prescribe medication to curb the same. In order to treat allergies, antihistamines are used and to treat a recurring chronic infection, antibiotics are used. Patients with aspirin sensitivity and nasal polyps may get benefit from the treatment of aspirin desensitization.

Surgery:
If medications are not effective in eliminating or shrinking polyps then the doctor may ask you to go for endoscopic surgery. This will help in solving the problems related to sinuses and removing nasal polyps. In the surgery, the surgeon inserts a tiny tube with a camera or magnifying lens into the nostrils and guides the tube into the sinus cavities. Some instruments are used to eliminate nasal polyps and other obstacles that block the fluids from the sinuses. The affected person can be discharged on the same day of the surgery. Your doctor may recommend the patient to use the nasal spray after the surgery in order to prevent polyps from recurring. Saltwater (saline) rinse may also be prescribed by the doctor to catalyze the process of healing after the surgery.

Complications:
Complications occur due to nasal polyps because it restricts the normal airflow, fluid drainage and also because of the degenerative inflammation that underlies their development. The major complications of nasal polyps generally include the following:

-  Obstructive sleep apnea: In this chronic condition you usually stop and begin to breathe frequently during the time you sleep.

-  Asthma flare-ups: The serious and chronic rhinosinusitis can cause and even worsen the condition of asthma.

-  Sinus infections: It has been observed that you are more likely to get sinus infections if you suffer from the disease nasal polyps. These sinus infections occur very frequently and sometimes, they can also become serious or chronic.

-  Disfigured structure of the face: Nasal polyps can alter the shape or structure of the face which consequently causes the condition of double vision. Often if the patient has cystic fibrosis, he or she can have eyes which are set wider apart than they are normally.

-  Complications due to surgery: When nasal polyps are treated, especially by surgery, they can cause severe nosebleeds. Along with that, surgery in case of nasal polyps can also cause infections. If the treatment with nasal steroids sprays or oral corticosteroids is continued, it can reduce your ability to fight off and counteract sinus infections.

 

Conclusion:
Noncancerous, soft, painless growths which may form on one’s sinuses or nasal passages are known as nasal polyps. They may look like teardrops or hanging grapes. Due to allergies, asthma, drug sensitivity, recurring infection or some immune disorders may result from chronic inflammation.

People generally do not experience symptoms when they have small nasal polyps. Nasal polyps may lead to breathing problems, frequent infections blockage in the nasal passages, and loss of sense of smell. Men are more prone to nasal polyps than women. Polyps can happen to a person of any age.

Asthma - All About It!

MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Asthma - All About It!

Asthma
The word "asthma" originates from the Greek word, ásthma that means, "panting.” Asthma is a medical condition in which the airways swells and produces extra mucus that can make breathing difficult. Because of the inflammation and the extra mucus, it can trigger shortness of breath and wheeze or coughing.

Documented as early as Ancient Egypt, Asthma can be either a minor nuisance or life-threatening. In asthma, the inside walls of the airways get inflamed so that lesser air can pass through them from and to the lungs making breathing a difficult exercise. This swelling can also make the airways really sensitive and increase a person’s susceptibility to allergic reactions.

Asthma has been on the rise significantly since the 1960s and now according to WHO estimate, around 300 million people suffer from asthma worldwide. In fact Asthma is one of the most common chronic childhood illness.

Symptoms of Asthma-
The symptoms of asthma vary. But what most people with asthma have in common is the extreme airway sensitivity because of triggered airway inflammation. Some people have frequent asthma attacks, some people experience asthma only during certain times, some people have it all the time and some people only experience it infrequently.

Common asthma signs and symptoms include:
-  Wheezing or coughing

-  Shallow breathing

-  Breathlessness

-  Chest pain

-  Throat infection

-  Faster heart rate

-  Trouble in sleeping

-  Difficulty in speaking

Types of Asthma-
Normally people suffering from an asthma attack tend to have a whistling or wheezing sound when exhaling. There are different types of asthma. Some of the most common types of asthma are: 

1. Exercise-induced asthma 
Also called exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, this type of asthma is induced by strenuous exercises and can cause symptoms like coughing, wheezing, shortness or breath and other symptoms. These symptoms may worsen when the air is dry and cold and usually get triggered during or after an exercise.

2. Occupational asthma 
As the name suggests, occupational asthma is triggered by breathing in certain chemical fumes, dust, gases, or other kinds of exposure to allergens at the workplace.

3. Allergy-induced asthma 
Allergy-induced asthma is the most common type of asthma, which is triggered by common airborne allergens like pollen, mold spores, dust mites, or particles of skin.

What Are Causes of Asthma?
Although the causes are not particularly clear and anyone can get asthma at any age, it is more common childhood ailment. The studies are still underway to prove a clear asthma cause but according to the researches this disease is believed to be caused by a blend of genetic and environmental factors. Genomics, which is the study of how a person’s genes interrelate with environmental factors, may be the key to understanding why certain people are more prone to asthma than others.

Asthma Triggers-
Asthma triggers can differ from person to person and the key is to know what irritants trigger your asthma to ensure minimized exposure to it. Some generic asthma signs and symptoms can include:

-  Cold air

-  Exercise and other physical activities

-  Common cold and other respiratory infections

-  Stress

-  Airborne substances like pollen, mold spores, pet dander, cockroach waste, dust mites, etc.

-  Airborne substances, such as pollen, dust mites, mold spores, pet dander

-  Certain chemicals and air pollutants (smoke)

-  Certain preservatives (added to food and beverages)

-  Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

-  Certain medicines like aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.

Risk factors-
There are several risk factors that can increase your chances of developing asthma including:

-  Genetics. Having a family especially a blood relative suffering from asthma

-  Having other allergic condition (hay fever)

-  Smoking

-  Exposure to secondary smoking

-  Obesity (people who are overweight are at a greater risk of developing asthma)

-  Exposure to increasing amount of smoke or other pollutants

-  Occupational triggers

-  Stress and anxiety

Diagnosis of Asthma-
Even though it is a common childhood disease, it doesn’t mean, as an adult one cannot develop it. If a person is feeling any of the symptoms whether a child or an adult, it is always a good idea to get checked to know for sure if you have asthma. Asthma symptoms can come and go since it is a ‘variable’ disease.

It is also important to not do self-diagnosis, as some symptoms, which may look like asthma triggers, may not be actually asthma-like persistent cough caused by other diseases like certain heart diseases and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Effective diagnosis of Asthma depends upon its classification. There are four different classifications of Asthma:

Classification of Asthma
-  Mild intermittent – It is a mild case of asthma if the symptoms last only for up to two days a week, symptoms flaring up mainly at night and asthma lasting not more than two nights in a month.

-  Mild persistent – Mild persistent asthma is when the symptoms can occur twice in a week but not more than one episode per day.

-  Moderate persistent – This happens when a person experiences symptoms once a day and in excess of one night a week.

-  Severe persistent - Symptoms can last throughout the day and frequently at night on most days.

Diagnosis of Asthma
1. Physical test

The doctor would want to rule out other possible condition through a physical exam to get to know the signs and symptoms.

Some lung function tests can help in determining how the lung in functioning in a person.

2. Spirometry
One of the most common pulmonary function tests, spirometry measures lung function by checking the amount of air a person can inhale and exhale after deep breaths.

3. Peak flow
The peak expiratory flow is a pulmonary device that can measure the maximum speed one can breathe out. If the readings are low, it may be a sign that the person’s lungs are not working properly and could be a potential sign of asthma.

These tests can be done with a medicine called as bronchodilator (albuterol) to check if the lung functions better with the medication. If the test gets better after the use of bronchodilator, then it is highly likely for a person to suffer from asthma

Additional tests and Diagnosis For Asthma
Other tests that may be required to diagnose asthma include:

1. Methacholine challenge-
Methacholine is considered an asthma trigger and so when it is inhaled it can cause mild constriction of the airways. Most people who have asthma are likely to react to methacholine. Doctor could use this test to determine whether you have asthma.

2. Imaging tests-
Certain imaging tests like x-rays and CT scan can help in identifying certain abnormalities that might be causing breathing issues.

3. Allergy testing-
Most allergy tests can help in identifying allergy to triggers like pollen, dust, etc.

4. Sputum eosinophils-
This test can help in identifying the while blood cells in the mucus to see if asthma is present or not.

5. Nitric oxide test-
For people whose airways are inflamed, they may have higher nitric oxide level than normal which may be able to help in identifying whether the person is suffering from asthma or not.

7. Provocative testing for exercise and cold-induced asthma-
As the name suggests, in this a person is made to perform vigorous physical activities in a controlled environment to check for the triggers.

Treatment of Asthma-
Although there is no known cure available for asthma and it is generally a life-long condition, treatment can control asthma symptoms so a person can lead a normal life. Also when it comes to asthma, there is no one-size fit all treatment methodology. The idea is to understand the triggers that worsen your symptoms, taking steps to avoid them and taking the medication on time to keep asthma in check.

1. Inhalers 
Inhalers are medical devices, which are used for supplying medication into the body through the lungs. There are three types of inhalers. These are:

-  Reliever Inhalers: These inhalers are used for the purpose of relieving symptoms at the time of asthma attack. Normally reliever inhalers don’t have many side effects, in some people they may increase heart beat and induce shaking. 

-  Preventive Inhalers: True to their name, this types of inhalers are used to stop the symptoms from developing.

-  Combination Inhalers: If either of these kinds of inhalers doesn’t work for a person, they would need an inhaler that would both relieve the attack and prevent it from happening again.

2. Tablets -
If inhalers don’t work to control the symptoms, one may also use tablets.

Leukotriene receptor antagonists (LTRAs) 
LTRAs are the oral tablets prescribed for asthma and are also available in syrup and powder forms. It can be taken every day without many side effects. However, some people may experience some side effects including headaches and stomach pain.

  • Theophylline

If LTRAs tablets cannot be prescribed for some reasons or is not working, doctors may also prescribe Theophylline. It should be taken every day.

  • Steroid tablets-

Steroid tablets are given to give relief from an asthma attack. Long-term usage of steroid tablets for is not recommended unless a person is suffering from severe asthma and if inhalers aren’t handy controlling the symptoms. Some possible side effects of using steroid tablets for long-term are mood swings, fragile bones, high blood pressure, etc.

 

Other treatments for Asthma
Other treatments like surgery or injections may be required in case other treatments don’t work for a person.

Injections 
For certain people with severe asthma, some injections like omalizumab, mepolizumab, or reslizumab may be able control the symptoms. For some severe asthma patients, injections are prescribed every few weeks in order to control the symptoms. However, these injections should be taken only under the prescription from an asthma specialist, as these injections may are not advisable for every asthma patient.

Surgery 
For some people for whom treatments like inhalers, tablets, and injections don’t work or in certain cases cannot be administered, a surgical procedure called bronchial thermoplasty can be used. In this treatment, a flexible thin tube is passed down the throat into the lungs and heat is used to warm up muscles surrounding the air controlling nerves to stop causing asthma-like symptoms.

However, this process is fairly new and so much research has not been done on its long-term relief.

Complementary therapies 
There are many complementary therapies that can help ease the symptoms, prevent asthma from happening, and help strengthen the lungs and the airway muscles. However, before incorporating any of these therapies in your lifestyle, it is always best to check with your asthma specialist first. These therapies include

Certain breathing exercises including yoga
-  Alternative medicines like homeopathy, chiropractic, and Ayurveda

-  Dietary supplements

-  Acupuncture

-  Certain traditional Chinese medicine

-  Ionizers

Common Myths About Asthma
Myth #1:
 Asthma is a psychological disease

One of the biggest beliefs that many people have is that asthma is psychological and thus they don’t believe in getting medical help. Since asthma affects the airways it is to be noted that is not psychological as it causes the immune system and the lungs to behave erratically when it comes to certain triggers.

Myth #2: Asthma medications lose their effectiveness over time

Asthma meds don’t lose their effectiveness over time and can be used for long-term if the right doses are taken as directed.

Myth #3: People with asthma should avoid physical activity

Although strenuous exercises can sometimes induce asthma, simple exercises can keep a person fit and healthy and help them lead a normal life.

Myth #4: You can outgrow asthma

Some asthma symptoms may improve over time. People also learn how to deal with asthma better as they age since they know what triggers it and what doesn’t. However, there is no outgrowing asthma because it is a lifelong condition.

Myth #5: Asthma Is Easy to Control

Asthma can be easy or difficult to control depends on the kind of asthma a person is suffering from and the triggers. Although even in mild form of asthma, the treatment is required to give the necessary relief to a person to reduce flares and maintain proper lung functions.

Hi I have 102 fever which comes and goes over the past 5 days. I also have dry cough and headaches. Should I take any medicines other than paracetamol?

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
Yes paracetamol is not helpful. You should also take blood test CBC MP at least. You can consult me at Lybrate for homoeopathic treatment.
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I am 14 years old I was coughing for more than 3 weeks and this happens with me in every winters sometimes I feel very week and sometimes when I cough continuously my face produces heat and I feel it is fever Is it TB.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
To diagnose tb you will need to take some laboratory test and X ray chest. You can consult me at Lybrate for homoeopathic treatment. The chances are of seasonal allergies and not the.
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