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Useful Advise About Asthma

Apr 3, 2008
In a relatively short space of time, asthma has become one of the most serious health conditions around the world; year on year, the figure for those contracting the condition rises. Asthma is a chronic, treatable disease that causes narrowing of airways in the lungs in response to allergens, making it difficult to breathe. When not treated properly, respiratory conditions can interfere with the daily life of the patient and cause breathing complications that can even lead to death.

Keeping a constant check on their condition is the most important step for an asthma sufferer. The medical treatment given to patients will depend on the severity of their condition and will be one of three areas which are; preventing the attacks and then providing relief if they do occur, in addition to supplying medical treatment for serious attacks.

One form of relief for all patients is called a Bronchodilator which is designed only for less serious attacks but will be the only form of medication that mild sufferers will probably ever need. As the seriousness of the condition increases, additional medication is required. Low-dose glucocorticoids or a mastcell stabilizer may be used for patients who still only have mild but more persistent attacks. Oral glucocorticoids will be required for asthma patients who require strong medication for serious attacks. All asthma patients will still be given standard relievers like a Bronchodilator.

Asthmatics must also identify the triggers that cause the allergic reaction in them and find ways to reduce or eliminate them. This can help the keep an eye out and avoid the factors that will trigger an attack. Medical science has now confirmed that the poorer the air quality the greater the chance that this and other respiratory problems will occur.

The medication to help prevent and treat attacks is very effective but should only be used sparingly as longer term problems like tiredness, dizzy spells, liver problems, depression and even impotence can be the result of continued use. Increasingly patients with respiratory conditions are opting for more natural remedies that do not have side-effects. These are formulated to treat the condition and not the effects.

Catalysts are used to help reduce the strain on the system by calming it and thereby strengthening it over time. However, the natural medications that are used contain natural catalysts which do not cause any side-effects and help restore the body's equilibrium.

Helpful to asthma sufferers are breathing techniques of an eastern nature such as buteyko ,yoga practices and pranayam, and are also as they naturally help the breathing and the general well-being of patients. Feeling better is what it is all about, and is generally the goal of all asthma treatments.

The best way forward for an asthma patient is to eat a well balanced diet rich in vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. This will help restore the immune system that has taken a great deal of punishment. Natural medication can also be used that will not leave harmful chemicals in the system. It is most important that the sufferer learns to control their asthma condition.
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