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Breathing Problem - What Are The Common Causes?

Dr. Shivram Bhonagiri 84% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine
General Physician, Pune
Breathing Problem - What Are The Common Causes?

Breathing is life, without breathig, there is no life. Who knows this better than an asthmatic or someone with breathing problems like wheezingcoughing and shortness of breath 24/7? If you have breathing problems, read on about possible causes and treatments for them

Causes

  • There can be a number of causes of breathing problems. They can happen due to colds, acute sinusitis or inflammation of sinuses. This usually subsides in a week or two with the inflammation going down and the sinuses draining out.
  • But if you are still experiencing breathing problems, you could be in more dangerous territory.
  • Breathing difficulties can happen in a case of asthma, allergies, and infections of the lungs, bronchitis and even heart problems especially if you feel a shortness of breath during exertion. These can all be long-term problems that need proper management.

Symptoms
Chronic issues that cause breathing problems, especially asthma and allergies have a number of symptoms likeg is life, without breathig, there is no life. Who kno

  1. Nasal and chest congestion
  2. Runny nose
  3. Itchy or watery eyes
  4. Cough
  5. Wheezing
  6. Laboured and/or shallow breathing.

A number of virus and allergens like pollen reach the lungs via the nasal passage. Any inflammation in the nasal passage due to an allergy is a major cause for concern because the number one trigger for asthma is allergies. If left undiagnosed and untreated, these can make life hell for you.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, also causes breathing problems. Breathing issues can also stem from other serious diseases like lung cancertuberculosis, and pneumonia. Most of these can be diagnosed by a specialist.

How are breathing problems treated?

  1. Breathing problems caused due to asthma and allergies are usually treated by avoiding allergy triggers like air pollutants, pollen, dog hair, dust, mites or dander.
  2. Wearing masks, avoiding peak traffic, staying indoors during low air quality days, all make a significant difference to allergy and asthma sufferers.
  3. Medications are another way to treat breathing problems due to asthma and allergies. Allergy drugs such as antihistamines and decongestants can make it easy to breathe for some.
  4. Inhaled steroids are also given to people with chronic allergies and sinusitis for reducing inflammation in the airways. Allergy shots to reduce sensitivity to allergens are another option.
  5. Asthma is treated with inhaled or oral drugs that help open nasal airways and reduce inflammation. These cut down on breathing difficulties because the airways are cleared of excess mucus and inflammation.
  6. If you have more serious issues like cancers, heart disease and lung diseases, the medication will vary according to your diagnosis. Your specialist will diagnose the problem first and set you on a proper course of medication.

The last piece of advice before we go, don’t ignore breathing difficulties especially if they persist beyond 2-3 weeks, get yourself a doctor’s appointment.

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Bronchial Asthma - Important Information You Must Be Aware Of!

Dr. Devanshu Sharma 85% (516 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine & Surgery (BAMS), MD [Masters In Ayurveda - Kaumarabhrutiya( Pediatrics)]
Ayurveda, Panipat
Bronchial Asthma - Important Information You Must Be Aware Of!

The medical term bronchial asthma is also referred to as chronic respiratory illness that causes swelling of the air passageways. The main symptoms of the chronic respiratory illness includes shortness of breath, chest tightening, wheezing and coughing. More than 22 million people in the US suffer from this health condition. The main factor that causes asthma is air pollution and it occurs due to allergic reactions of airborne substances.

Important information on bronchial asthma

  • About 5-10% of individuals suffer from this global health problem and it is mainly diagnosed based on a physical examination, clinical history and pulmonary functioning tests. 
  • The treatment is provided by professional doctors mainly to control the symptoms of asthma.
  • There are chances that acute shortness of breath occurs recurrently and it occurs either early in the morning or at night. 
  • The four main conditions that are the cause of obstruction of the airway include edema of the airway walls, contraction of bronchial smooth muscle and irreversible changes in the lungs.
  • About 5 % of adults and 10% of children are affected by bronchial asthma.

How to prevent bronchial asthma
It is very important that individuals who are affected by bronchial asthma stay away from the asthma triggers. The conditions that can trigger asthma include smoking of tobacco, air toxins and pollutions, food and airborne allergens, extreme weather conditions, dust mites, stress, food preservatives, anxiety and additives. To some extent it also happens due to singing, crying and laughing. Asthma attacks can also be triggered by respiratory infections such as cough and cold. It is very important to be healthy and have a strong immunity to be able to fight against infections.

How to diagnose bronchial asthma
The symptoms of bronchial asthma should be described properly to the doctor for treatment. The things that you do day to day and where you experienced unexpected flare-up must also be mentioned to the doctor. This way the doctor can identify the cause of inflammation of the bronchial passageways and shortness of breath. There are certain laboratory tests that can be performed to diagnose the health condition and these include chest X-ray, and spirometry.

Ayurvedic Bronchial Asthma Treatment
Ayurvedic treatment for Bronchial Asthma is initially focused on improving the digestive system. Herbal medicines are administered to clear the blockage from the channels by eliminating toxins (ama) from the body. They will then liquefy the Kapha present in the channels, allowing proper movement of Vata and fostering proper and easy respiration. Additionally, immune-booster herbal combinations are given to the patient in order to provide both physical and psychological strength, as the patient becomes weak due to repeated attacks of Asthma.

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Treatment of Exercise-induced Asthma!

Dr. Radhika A (Md) 85% (10 ratings)
MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Treatment of Exercise-induced Asthma!

Treatment of Exercise-induced asthma

Homeopathic Treatment of Exercise-induced asthma
Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Exercise-induced asthma
Psychotherapy Treatment of Exercise-induced asthma
Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Exercise-induced asthma
Surgical Treatment of Exercise-induced asthma
Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Exercise-induced asthma
Other Treatment of Exercise-induced asthma
What is Exercise-induced asthma
Symptoms of Exercise-induced asthma
Causes of Exercise-induced asthma
Risk factors of Exercise-induced asthma
Complications of Exercise-induced asthma
Lab Investigations and Diagnosis of Exercise-induced asthma
Precautions & Prevention of Exercise-induced asthma
Treatment of Exercise-induced asthma 

Homeopathic Treatment of Exercise Induced Asthma

Homeopathy improves exercise capacity and respiratory function. It gives relief from cough, difficult breathing and tightness of chest. Homeopathy has capacity to cure asthma. It treats the person as a whole. Treatment is constitutional. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. It balances the energy system, improves immunity and body functions. It naturally cures the root cause of disorder. Some of the homeopathic medicines for exercise induced asthma are:

Arnica
Gels
Ferr I
Cocc
Stann
Spong

Acupuncture and Acupressure Treatment for Exercise Induced Asthma

Acupuncture promotes free energy flow. It improves respiratory capacity and relieves respiratory difficulty, cough and other complaints.

Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy Treatment of Exercise Induced Asthma

Psychotherapy and hypnotherapy can resolve underlying psychological issues. They can help in reducing stress and other negative emotions. Hypnotherapy gives quick response in improving body capacity.

Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Exercise-induced asthma

Allopathic Treatment of Exercise-induced asthma involves the following medications:

Short-acting beta agonists
Inhaled corticosteroids
Leukotriene modifiers
Long-acting beta agonists (LABAs)
Theophylline
Combination inhalers
Allergy medications
Immunotherapy injections

Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Exercise-induced asthma

Try to limit salt intake
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
Eat Omega-3 fatty acids which is found in fish like salmon, and omega-3 fortified foods like bread and eggs

What is Exercise-induced asthma?

When asthma attacks happens during or after exercise, it is known as exercise-induced asthma or exercise-induced bronchospasm.

Symptoms of Exercise-induced asthma

Coughing and wheezing
Tightness of chest
Shortness of breath
Fatigue during exercise
Poor athletic performance

Causes of Exercise-induced asthma

It isn’t clear exactly what causes exercise-induced asthma

Risk factors of Exercise-induced asthma

Being a child
Exposure to air pollution or pollen
Hay fever or other allergies
Parent or sibling, with asthma
Chemicals, such as chlorine in swimming pools
Participating in sports that make you breathe harder and faster
Smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke

Complications of Exercise-induced asthma

Poor athletic performance
Permanent narrowing of the airways
hospitalizations for severe asthma attacks 

Diagnosis of Exercise-induced asthma

Diagnosis of Exercise-induced asthma involves the following tests:

Physical exam
Lung function test (spirometry)
Exercise challenge
Peak flow measurement
Methacholine (Provocholine) challenge
Allergy skin tests

Precautions & Prevention of Exercise-induced asthma

Do your best to avoid colds and other respiratory infections
Keep your mouth and nose covered during exercise in cold weather.
Warm up for about 10 minutes before strenuous exercise
Avoid allergens when exercising

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Best Ayurvedic Doctor in Bangalore!

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Singh 89% (192 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Best Ayurvedic Doctor in Bangalore!

Ayurveda can treat the most chronic problem that you have been facing or even the smallest problem like treating acne or pain. Best ayurvedic doctors in Bangalore are there to help you. Ayurvedic treatment is considered to be safe and holistic in nature. The treatments are based on your bodies basic composition. Some of the best ayurvedic doctors in Bangalore are:

1. Dr. Phanindra V V

MD - Ayurveda Medicine, BAMS, Yoga Teachers Training Course

Consultation fees: ₹200

Dr. Phanindra is a reputed doctor with post graduation in General Medicine In Ayurveda. He is also a certified yoga instructor and has done a Fellowship in Cardiac Rehabilitation from Apollo Hospital Hyderabad. He treats all conditions as per traditional Ayurvedic System and has been trained by some of the famous ayurvedic doctors. His areas of expertise are treating Anorectal Conditions, Panchakarma and Orthopedics. He currently practices at Narayana Ayurveda Kuteeram - Ayurvedic Treatment Centre and best oral paper presentation award.

2. Dr. Sandhya Krishnamurthy

BAMS

Consultation fees: ₹200

Dr. Sandhya Krishnamurthy is a reputed Ayurveda Practitioner in Bangalore who is associated with Shubha Clinic. She has an experience of 29 years and specializes in treating conditions like Acidity, Piles, Jaundice, Acne, Pimples, Skin Infections. Her home remedies are very effective, safe and convenient to use. She is also known for care and warmth in treating for her patients.

3. Dr. Rohini BV

BAMS, YIC, DEC

Consultation fees: ₹350

Dr. Rohini is a reputed doctor with 7 years of experience and a member of Ayush Unani and Ayurvedic Board. She has been associated with some very reputed medical clinics like Ayushadyala and Shathayau Ayurveda. She currently practices at Ayurcenter. Some of the key treatments provided by her are Anti Aging, Acne, for various skin allergies, cold and cough

4. Dr. Payal Khandelwal

BAMS, MD - Ayurveda

Consultation fees: ₹350

Dr. Payal Khandelwal is one of the most renowned ayurvedic doctor in Whitefield Bangalore and currently practices at Carewell Clinic, Basil Ayurveda & Panchakarma Centre and Ayurveda First. She has done her post graduation in Ayurveda. In 15 years of work experience she has taken multiple roles like research associate and lecturer other than being a ayurveda consultant. Her area of expertise are treating lifestyle and chronic diseases like gastrointestinal tract diseases, hormonal disorders and allergic conditions in both children and adults.

5. Dr. Akarshini AM

BAMS, MD-General Medicine, Phd - Kayachikitsa

Consultation fees: ₹350

Dr. Akarshini AM practices at Lakshy Ayurcare Ayurveda Clinic & Panchakarma Ksharasootra Centre. She has 15 years of experience. Areas of keen interest to her are treating type- 1 and type 2 diabetes. She is also known for her treatment of renal and neural disorders. SOme of the other conditions she treats are spine or back related problems, arthritis, skin and hair problems as well as fertility issues related to women. 

6. Dr. Sharad Kulkarni

M.S - Ayurveda, BAMS

Consultation fees: ₹250

Dr. Sharad Kulkarni is amongst the most renowned ayurvedic doctor of Bangalore. Just in 5 years of his practice he has been nominated for several awards and was the youngest ayurvedic doctor who was invited to speak on Ayurveda in LONDON. He has many articles published in journals, blogs and other media. His areas of specialisation are treating chronic and acute conditions related to gastro, skin problems and conditions like diabetes and hypertension. He currently practices at Jeevottama Health.

7. Dr. Aparna Kulkarni

MD - Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)

Consultation fees: ₹200

Dr. Aparna Kulkarni s a popular ayurvedic doctor. She has an experience of 3 years and specialises in heart related diseases, diabetes, PCOS, liver functioning disorders, constipations, high cholesterol and hypertension. She is currently practising at Dr Kulkarni's Ayur Clinic, Bangalore.

8. Dr. Shambulingaiah S. Hiremath

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MS - Ayurveda

Consultation fees: ₹250

Dr. Shambulingaiah S. Hiremath is a famous ayurveda specialist with 30 years of experience. He is well known for treating various conditions using Panchkarma, Ksharsutra, and Agnikarma. His areas of specialization are treating conditions like piles, fistula, allergies, asthma, arthritis, migraine, backache, skin and sexual problems. He is a managing director of Shree Dhanvantari Groups of Hospital and also visiting professor various Ayurveda Medical Colleges across India.

9. Dr. Neetha Ganesh

BAMS

Consultation fees: ₹200

Dr Neetha Ganesh is practicing from last 17 years and is a reputed name in her field. She believes in a holistic approach and combines Ayurveda, Yoga and meditation as a part of her treatment. She is currently associated with Ayurdhan Ayurvedic Hospital as a senior consultant. Her areas of specialization are acute and chronic pain related to Back, Spine and Joint Pain. She also treats cases of skin and hair problems and has a special interest in women care and infertility.

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Is Homeopathy Effective In Treating Asthma?

Dr. Kapil Arora 90% (602 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Kota
Is Homeopathy Effective In Treating Asthma?

‘Asthma’ is a serious expiratory disorder, whereby, the patient faces difficulty in breathing or dyspnoea due to various factors such as allergies, bronchial infection, anxiety or stress and occupational hazards. In all the cases, it leads to excessive bronchial spasm and mucus accumulation, plugging the bronchial which leads to paroxysms and the patient starts panting heavily. But it is completely chronic without any complications.

Although allopathic measures such as inhalers and steroids can temporarily help to control the situation, yet, homeopathy has proved even more useful for asthma as the treatment is completely natural and does not carry the uncertainty of side effects like the steroids. It not only helps to reduce the intensity of spasms, but also, tries to cure the actual cause of asthma itself. Consequently, after a complete and proper treatment of asthma with homeopathy for a couple of months, it has been found, that the patients are living a happy life without any sign of the disease. Given below are the various homeopathic medicines used for curing asthma:

  1. Arsenic Album – This medicine comes into rescue when the patient is extremely restless, unable to sit or stand comfortably, feels extremely thirsty but is unable to drink too much water, feels suffocated with pain in upper-right chest. Arsenic Album is said to have provided great relief to such patients.

  2. Ipecac – When a patient suffers from vomiting and nausea during these asthmatic attacks, this medicine can prove very useful, especially in children and adults who are a little fat.

  3. Antim Tart – One of the effective medicines for asthma accompanied by rattling cough caused due to eating making the patient feel very weak and sleepy. This medicine is generally suitable for old people and children.

  4. Nux Vomica – This medicine helps patients who suffer from gastric problems due to asthma causing headache and epigastric pain in the stomach region.

  5. Carbo Veg – This medicine helps in cases where asthmatic attacks make the patient’s face blue and also cause coldness of hands and feet.

Although above medicines are very effective, yet, they should always be taken strictly under doctor’s guidance.

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Delhi Gets 72-Hour Pollution Forecast System - Know The Benefits!

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
General Physician, Faridabad
Delhi Gets 72-Hour Pollution Forecast System - Know The Benefits!

An emergency action plan has been devised for air pollution in Delhi. The Central Pollution Control Board has launched the Air Quality Prediction System that would forecast the air condition of the next 72 hours. This system would forecast for various areas and localities of Delhi and neighbouring regions like Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Rohtak, etc. 

This pollution forecast system is based on the real-time observation of air quality using satellites. Satellites measure details of Aerosols like SO2, NO2, Dust, and particulate matter (PM10 and PM 2.5).

People can access air quality early warnings through the media corner of the CPCB website. It includes large-scale alerts on air pollution that may occur in Delhi.

How Is 72-Hour Pollution Forecast System Beneficial?

This new 72-hour Pollution Forecast System not only helps the general population prepare for bad-air days but also help enforcement agencies to gear up to take defensive action and warnings. For example, enforcement agencies may decide in advance to implement the Odd-Even system for cars, or put a halt on construction activity, or other remedial measures.

Diseases Caused by Pollution

Most respiratory diseases are caused by air pollution, some of which are:

Asthma: Asthma is one of the most common diseases that is caused by external and internal air pollution. In this chronic disease, inflammation and blockage occur in the air passage of lungs. Asthma is caused by the Sulphur, Oxides, Nitrates, Particulate Matter, etc.

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease): Another chronic disease which is caused by air pollution is COPD. In this disease, the Alveoli, Air Sacs, and Air Passage become inflamed. People who work in mines, docks, or quarries are most likely affected by this disease.

Lung Cancer: Presence of various carcinogens in the air may cause serious issues like pulmonary or lung cancer. In this disease, an uncontrolled growth of cells reduces the amount of oxygen in the lungs. It also affects the functionality of the Lungs.

Cardiovascular Diseases: Breathing polluted air for a long time may lead to heart problems. Pollutants such as Nitrogen oxide, Carbon Monoxide, and Ozone mixed with bloodstream may damage the functionality of Heart and lead to cardiovascular disease.

Threat to Pregnant Women and Newborns: Air pollution adversely affects the health of pregnant women. Breathing polluted air by pregnant women weakens the immune system of unborn child.

How Can We Work Individually Towards Reducing the Pollution

  • Awareness about air pollution
  • Plant as many trees as possible
  • Use less electricity (conserve energy)
  • Curb unbridled industrialization
  • Reduce the use of personal vehicles
  • Reduce polyethene bags
  • Reduce indoor pollution
  • Do not burn firecrackers.
  • Use less machines for cleaning.
  • Do not burn the garbage and throw garbage at its fixed place.

Conclusion

Delhi is one of the most polluted cities in the world and both short-term, as well as long-term measures, are required to improve the situation. 72-Hour Pollution Forecast System is the step in the right direction. It will help residents know in advance about upcoming pollution days and also increase general awareness of this issue.

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Asthma - Myths That Still Prevail About Inhalers!

Dr. Haresh Tolia 92% (200 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
General Physician, Mumbai
Asthma - Myths That Still Prevail About Inhalers!

Asthma is a chronic lung condition wherein the air passage gets blocked or constricted due to the production of extra mucus. It is an age old condition which has been creating problems for people since a long time. Despite the seriousness of the condition, there are various myths people tend to believe about asthma.

Here are a few myths about asthma and the usage of inhalers:

  1. Regular usage of inhalers is addictive: This is a total myth. Using inhalers is not at all addictive, it is a necessity. Just because you use your inhaler regularly does not mean you are addicted to it.  Just like brushing your teeth every day isn't an addiction, taking your daily medicine from an inhaler isn't an addiction as well. Using an inhaler will just help you with your asthma condition.
  2. Oral medicine gets better results than inhalers: Absolutely not. In fact, it is proven that inhalers give better results than oral medications. Oral medication takes longer to act during a sudden asthma attack while inhalers deliver the drug directly to the lungs.
  3. Inhalers are meant for severe asthma cases: Well, this again is not true. Inhalers are used for treating asthma. Period. Asthma is a condition where your lungs inflame which is best cured with steroids, and the easiest way to have steroids administered to you is through the inhalation method. When you use the inhalers, the steroids are delivered directly to your lungs. They also have minimum number of side effects when administered through inhalers.
  4. Asthma is curable: You might tend to think that asthma can be cured with the help of proper medications. You might think that asthma is not a constant condition. But it is not what you think. The symptoms of asthma might not be present all the time but that doesn't mean you do not have asthma. Asthma is a long term condition where the airways swell up causing you to suffer from breathlessness. If you suddenly stop taking your daily medicines because the symptoms have not surfaced, then it will take you a long time before you will be able to totally recover from the next attack you suffer from. If you have asthma, remember to take your medicines daily and timely. 
     
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Most Common Respiratory Problems - Know All About Them!

Dr. Mool Chand Gupta 90% (35598 ratings)
MD - Pulmonary, DTCD
Pulmonologist, Faridabad
Most Common Respiratory Problems - Know All About Them!

Pulmonology is the branch of science dealing with respiratory problems and related medicines. Respiratory Problems have become very common among people with increased pollution and dust particles in the air. Some of the most common lung diseases are:

1. Asthma:
It is a very common disease nowadays with many people suffering from it. In this condition, people have inflamed bronchial tubes which become sensitive, causing difficulty in breathing. The problem gets aggravated by smoking, air pollution, and chemical sprays. People suffering from it, complain of a dry cough, wheezing, and chest tightening.
The condition may also be triggered by allergies and dust particles. Doctors generally recommend taking an inhaler to asthma patients. It generally develops during childhood and progresses with age.

2. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
It is a disease used to denote multiple respiratory problems including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. It generally affects the bronchial tubes and causes inflammation of the airways that lead to the production of sputum (excess mucus). Other symptoms include shortness of breath and coughing. The generation of mucus also leaves people more prone to having infections.

According to doctors, it is difficult to identify COPD because the symptoms are associated with old age and a general decline in health. People generally develop COPD as early as 30 to 40 years of age. Moreover, the condition is aggravated due to excessive smoking.

Treatments include quitting smoking, bronchodilator therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation. It is a very serious disease and is not reversible like asthma. It generally worsens with time.

3. Chronic Bronchitis
It is one of the types of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and is generally associated with the formation of excess mucus in the lungs. This results in severe coughing. It is treated the same way as COPD. However, people also may develop acute bronchitis which is an infection caused by too much mucus in airways and subsides with medications.

4. Emphysema
It is a serious respiratory illness that is one of the types of COPD and is caused by smoking. Smoking damages the lungs to the point where the patient may have difficulty in exhaling air. They may need the help of an oxygen mask to help them in breathing.

5. Lung Cancer
One of the worst respiratory problems to have and is caused by irregular cell growth that results in tumors that interferes with the functioning of the lungs. The problem is aggravated by excessive smoking and air pollution. Symptoms include coughing up of blood, change in voices, vigorous breathing.

6. Influenza and Pneumonia
These are very common lung problems occurring among people. Influenza is a viral infection that causes damages to the lungs. Pneumonia is an infection in the lungs caused by a bacteria or virus. In cases of pneumonia, there is an accumulation of mucus or fluid in the lungs that prevent air from reaching the blood. Symptoms may include coughing, fever, shaking and difficulty in breathing. Both these diseases are curable with help of medicines but people who smoke excessively may suffer more than others.

These were some of the most common respiratory problems that can be seen among people. The first step towards treatment and prevention is to go to a doctor and consult him with the symptoms you are experiencing.

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Common Triggers Behind Asthma!

Dr. Gurmeet Singh Chabbra 90% (54 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Chest & TB
Pulmonologist, Faridabad
Common Triggers Behind Asthma!

Asthma is an inflammatory disease, which affects the airways of your lungs (respiratory tract that pumps oxygen into the lungs). It is long term in nature. It is characterized by shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing. It occurs few times a day or few times a week depending on the person it affects. Sometimes it worsens during the night.

What triggers Asthma?

  1. Airborne particles such as dust mites, mold spores, pollen and cockroach waste.
  2. Infections in the respiratory system such as common cold.
  3. Cold air can also trigger asthma.
  4. Physical or outdoor activities which make you pant such as running, skipping, jogging and jumping can cause shortness of breath, thus triggering asthma.
  5. Pollutants and irritants in air such as smoke.
  6. Some medications can also trigger asthma.
  7. Stress and nervous attacks (panic attacks) also trigger asthma.

How to manage asthma better by changing your lifestyle:

  1. Try to avoid keeping animals in your house such as dogs, cats and rabbits. Many times animal fur, waste, urine and saliva contains particles which can cause allergic reactions and make you cough uncontrollably. This in turn triggers asthma attacks. If you have pets try keeping them away from your bedroom.
  2. Dust mites also cause allergies which trigger asthma. So wash your carpets, rugs, bed-linen and pillowcases in hot water.
  3. Bugs and insects such as cockroaches are not only unhygienic, but can also trigger asthma. Cockroach droppings near your bed, kitchen and food are dangerous and you should call an exterminator to get rid of these bugs.
  4. Sometimes, heavy fragrance also aggravates your respiratory tract and triggers shortness of breath. Avoid using heavy perfumes, deodorants and room fresheners.
  5. Pollution also triggers asthma. Dust particles come out from the vehicles and mix with the air. If this air is inhaled, it might trigger uncontrollable asthma. So try to cover your mouth with a cloth when you step out of your house.

Asthma can be very severe and can bring many hurdles in your day to day activities. Changing your lifestyle and certain habits can reduce asthma to a great extent.

Asthma - Homeopathic Treatment For It!

Dr. Obaidullah Nayaghar 89% (97 ratings)
BHMS, Diploma In Emergency Medicine, MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Belgaum
Asthma - Homeopathic Treatment For It!

Asthma is a condition that severely affects the lungs. The airways become narrow and the lungs become inflamed. Its characteristic features include bronchospasm, reversible airflow obstruction and variable and recurring symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. This might be caused up to 2 to 3 times a day.

Causes:

  1. Daily use of Paracetamol
  2. Vaccines
  3. Daily use of antibiotics
  4. Caesarean sections
  5. Asthma in family

Asthma is usually triggered by:

  1. Tobacco Smoke
  2. Exercise
  3. Polluted or Poor air
  4. Cold Air
  5. Emotional Stress
  6. Allergies

Homeopathy is a system of medicine which tries to ‘cure’ this disease, instead of trying to provide symptomatic relief. While dealing with a case of asthma, a homeopath not only records the symptoms of the disease but also studies the medical history, family history, physical and psychological characteristics of a person. This helps to find the cause, the precipitating factors, and the hereditary tendency etc. Of special interest to a homeopath is the history of suppression of skin disease. Homeopaths believe that when there is a tendency or predisposition for a disease – it first manifests on the less vital organs, towards the periphery (like skin). If this manifestation is suppressed than the disease shifts inwards, towards the more vital organs (like lungs, heart, brain etc).

The fact that in children asthma is often preceded by eczema is observed by the allopaths also. This fact is written in all their textbooks of medicine. They say that children often ‘move-out’ of eczema and ‘move-into’ asthma. But they are unable to make a correlation. Homeopaths believe that the suppression of eczema with topical preparations, does not cure the disease/sensitivity of the person, it merely drives it inwards.

Now after ascertaining the symptoms and the cause, the homeopath tries to find a medicine which matches the symptoms as well as the general characteristics of the person. The medicine so selected is administered to the patient.

When a right medicine is given, the asthma disappears but the old eczema or skin rash reappears for some time, before finally disappearing itself. This reappearance of old symptoms is seen as a reversal of disease process and is considered a very good prognostic sign by homeopaths.

MEDICINES – There are lots of medicines in homeopathy for asthma symptoms and it is not possible to list them all here. Some of the common medicines are ars- alb, ipecac, lachesis, pulsatilla, spongia, sulphur, ignatia, antim-tart, hepar-sulph, nat-sulph, tuberculinum etc. The selection of medicine varies from patient to patient. Therefore, it is always recommended to consult a specialized homeopath for treating your individual case.

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