Many of my patients with asthma – from mild cases with unique characteristics and others who can not be without a rescue inhaler. The American Lung Association reports that some 23 million Americans have asthma, about 1/3 of them children.
In fact, the incidence of asthma affects children, is increasing for currently unknown reasons. I would bet, though, that many of these cases are due to environmental pollution, or perhaps even allergic to all pesticides associated with our food today.
Some of my patients have had asthma since childhood and others buy it as an adult, usually from environmental irritants such as cigarette smoking, automobile and truck fuel fumes, pet fur dander / allergies, occupational chemical fumes, or even dust and mold spores.
Many of my patients who have asthma were surprised when they were diagnosed with the condition in which they had mild symptoms and had so far been able to control them. However, asthma can go from mild to worse quickly, depending on what triggers it. Could you be one of these people? Today I want to talk to you about asthma, what it is, and some things you can and should do to get help for symptoms. First, let’s look at how to recognize asthma.
Common symptoms of asthma
For those who may have symptoms that you are wondering about, these are the most common symptoms of asthma. However, these symptoms can also be associated with vocal chord dysfunction, bronchitis, pneumonia, or even heart failure. That is why a correct diagnosis is so important. In addition, these symptoms may be mild and occur constantly
• Cough at night, difficulty in breathing while sleeping
• Shortness of breath
• Chest tightness, pain or pressure
If you experience any of these symptoms repeatedly you may have asthma and need to be evaluated by a doctor. After determining that the symptoms are due to asthma, your doctor may refer you to a doctor who specializes in immunology / allergy and / or pulmonologist specializing in lung diseases. They can test you for certain allergens that may be to provoke symptoms and measure your breathing lung function testing equipment to determine the capacity of your lungs and how well you breathe.
Among my patients who have asthma, some have mild symptoms and others serious. Some symptoms are worsened by
• Laughing hard, or crying (emotional stress, good or bad)
• Viral infections (colds, bronchitis which congest the nasal passages)
• Exposure to irritants and allergens (PET dander, perfume, chemical smell, smoke, gas, pollen, etc.)
Symptoms of asthma attacks can be among people. In the presence of trigger (something you are allergic or very sensitive), Airways started to spasm and constrict (bronchospasm).
The lining of the airways also become inflamed, more mucus is produced and plugs Airways, so breathing becomes difficult, sometimes life-threateningly so. Attackers can also be accompanied by one or more of the following:
• Severe wheezing when breathing in / out
• Uncontrolled cough
• Rapid breathing, rapid heartbeat
• pallor / blueness of the lips or nails
• Chest pain, pressure
If you experience any of these symptoms, do not try to ride them out on their own as they can deteriorate to the point where you can not breathe at all. You could lose consciousness and die. Get to the emergency room or urgent care immediately, or call 9-1-1, so you can be given epinephrine, emergency asthma treatment drugs that open the airways and allow you to breathe freely again.
How is asthma treated?
If you are diagnosed with asthma, the day-to-day treatment will probably consist of “rescue inhaler”, the doctor will prescribe for you to use in the event of serious symptoms. This consists of medication inside a small canister that Puffs metered amount of medicament into the lungs. This will reduce swelling and mucus so that air can get into the lungs easily.
In addition, you can also prescribe other inhaler medication that works to reduce inflammation in the airway devices to prevent future attacks from occurring. Or may be administered medicines (tablet form) to reduce inflammation and constriction of the airways.
What else can you do with asthma?
First of all, you need to follow your doctor regularly to ensure medicines are working properly and that your condition is not deteriorating. In addition, there are several things you can do to help asthma by reducing inflammation, one of the most cause an asthma attack
• vitamin D -. Recent studies have shown that lack of vitamin D may contribute to the inhaler not working efficiently and / or you become resistant to steroid treatment. Have your blood levels tested to determine if you are deficient. If so, take 1,000 mg of vitamin D3 per day to increase at an optimum level.
• quercetin, fish oil, vitamin C, lycopene, magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, Cordyceps (Chinese herb long used to treat respiratory problems). All that work to reduce inflammation in the lungs and the rest of the body
• Keep a clean environment -. Keep your house / work area with dust, mold spores, bacteria, and viruses can help keep asthma symptoms under control as well. Investing in a good HEPA air filter can also help. Using bleach in shower stalls and toilets can keep mold from growing. Change the filters on your furnace and AC regularly
• pome fruit you / Vegetable -. Clean fruits and vegetables very well with a wire whisk brush after you’ve soaked them in special produce drinking solution. This solution can be purchased at most produce departments. It removes pesticides are present in most raw materials may be a trigger for you.
As I tell my patients who are diagnosed with asthma, many, many people live full and healthy life with the condition. However, it can also be very uncomfortable and even life threatening, if you do not get proper treatment for it.
Seeking proper diagnosis of your symptoms, follow your doctor regularly, find and stay aware of the specific triggers for your symptoms, will help you to control asthma and prevent attacks
Be sure to go back next time for asthma Part II :. New treatments can prevent attacks where I ‘ll tell you about a very promising new research that identifies new ways to treat asthma, especially if you have problems with steroid inhalers.