Asthma Chronic Respiratory Disease-World Asthma Day
May 1st, 2018, with its motto “NEVER TOO EARLY NEVER TOO LATE” was observed as World Asthma Day. This life- threatening disease is a major area of concern, and World Health Organisation has estimated a staggering 235 million people impacted by this illness. Other reports have put this number at almost 300 million.
What is Asthma?
It is a chronic infection of the lungs, where the bronchial tubes narrow, inhibit and reduce airways causing difficulty in breathing. Asthma in the family tends to increase the propensity of risk for other family members. The severity and frequency of asthmatic condition changes.
Whereas ,the milder form of asthma may not require a very aggressive intervention, those suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) could even need Intensive Care treatment. COPD is not curable, but treatable. Hence, the imperative need for early detection.
When your asthma flares up,the common asthma symptoms include breathlessness, coughing (may not go away and often occurs or worsens at night or early morning), wheezing (a whistling sound heard when breathing in or out.), feeling of tightness in the chest or chest hurts (feeling that something is squeezing or sitting on your chest) or shortness of breath(feeling as though you can’t catch your breath).These symptoms can vary both in frequency and severity.
Asthma : Triggers or causes
Asthma triggers vary from person to person.Bad, polluted air is perhaps the most significant and crucial factor causing this disease. The need for clean, pristine air, needs no emphatic assertion. Dust mites as another cause, are rated very high on this matrix. Among other reasons are viral infections, iced drinks, frozen foods and tobacco. Notable changes in temperatures from severe cold to hot have been known to cause spasms, leading to worrying aggravation.Swine flu or zika virus could also aggravate the asthma symptoms.
Managing your asthma and avoiding asthma triggers play a crucial role and can prevent an asthma attack.
Asthma Treatment and Tests
Instead of just coping with your asthma symptoms,it is important to know your triggers and minimise your exposure to them.
There are two main lung function tests:
Peak flow Measurement: This test measures the peak flow meter using a simple hand-held device and can be done at home. It indicated how fast you can force air out of your lungs and the readings are mostly gauged as a percentage of how your lungs work at their best or personal best peak flow.
Spirometry test,using a spirometer at the doctor clinic ,measures how much and how quickly a person can forcibly exhale air is normally done to ascertain the extent of damage.It is measured in percentage and called forced expiratory volume (FEV).
Various treatment options for asthma which include reliever and preventers include inhalers,puffers or tablets. Controlled long-term medications include inhaled corticosteroids which help reduce or eliminate asthma flares and treat airway inflammation that result in asthma symptoms. Inhaler contain a fast-acting medication used as needed to quickly open your airways and make breathing easier. The composition , frequency and dosage should be taken after due consultation with a doctor.
Bronchial Thermoplasty ,a procedure involving tube insertion into the lungs with an attached camera, imparting frequency waves into the airways generating heat for comfort ,is a settled form of treatment.
These medications may have common side-effects such as hoarseness of the voice or fungal throat infections.
Alternatively,herbal remedies for asthma involving cinnamon, honey, licorice, freshly grated ginger and turmeric are known to provide relief. Such remedies may be cumbersome and is likely to be time consuming. PhytoRelief CC ,a natural clinically proven sugar-free lozenge containing turmeric, ginger and pomegranate extracts has been developed using AlchemLife‘s Phyto Advance technology offers relief from asthma symptoms,throat infections, sore throat,scratchy throat, throat pain or whopping cough aiding ease in breathing.
Needless to add, this disease, with grave consequences needs focussed medical assistance and intervention !!
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