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A Guide To Asthma Relief

Apr 14, 2008
One of the most worrying global health trends in recent years is the number of asthma sufferers; it wasn't that long ago that asthma only affected a small percentage of the population. Although it is treatable, asthma is still a chronic condition which affects the function of breathing of every person who is affected by it. This is a respiratory condition that when not treated properly can easily result in death, if the attack is not attended to in time or is severe.

By carefully monitoring the condition there are ways to reduce the risks of attacks which is the daily responsibility of the asthma sufferer. The severity and frequency of attacks will determine the course of treatment and these fit into three broad categories:

*Medications to prevent attacks

*Relief medications

*Treating serious or life threatening attacks

One form of relief for all patients is called a Bronchodilator which is designed only for less serious attacks; fortunately, for a large number of asthmatics no other medication other than this will be required.

For sufferers with mild persistent attacks, low-dose glucocorticoids, leukotriene modifiers or a mastcell stabilizer are to be taken in addition to relievers. The use of oral glucocorticoids is reserved for patients with a serious asthma condition. Whatever the level of severity they experience all sufferers have a traditional reliever to aid them. It is also important that asthmatics learn what actually triggers an attack so they are able to stay clear of the triggers and possibly stop attacks completely. This particular respiratory problem has become to be recognized as a condition that is most associated with poor air quality and the reason why city dwellers are more likely to suffer.

The medications used to help prevent and treat attacks is very effective but should only be used sparingly; prescription drugs may also cause serious side effects such as:

*Feelings of constant tiredness

*Feeling dizzy

*Impotence

*Depression

*Damage to the liver and sometimes other organs

More and more patients who suffer with a respiratory condition are choosing natural medicines that address the root cause, over pharmaceutical drugs that trick the body's immune response system. Every attack weakens the body's system a little as it becomes hyperactive where the task of the catalyst in medication is to calm and soothe this hyperactive system. Natural medications provide natural organic catalysts to the body that restore balance in the system and thereby eliminate all the symptoms without any side effects.

Breathing techniques such as pranayam, buteyko and yoga practices are also helpful to asthma sufferers as they naturally help the breathing and the general well-being of patients. Drugs can leave residues which complementary therapies do not and the immune system can be strengthened by nutritional supplements. The main focus however, should be on the asthma patient learning to control their own condition.
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