Respiratory problems are the most common in the world today

Respiratory ailments are the most common diseases in the world today and are mainly caused by an exposure to pollutants, irritants and allergens. It is young children who are especially vulnerable since they are very sensitive and are thus easily affected. The worst thing about such illnesses is that the lung function is usually irrevocable affected before the disease is diagnosed. Often this causes permanent damage and the only treatment offered can prevent further damage at best.

There are a large number of respiratory problems present in the world today. Some of them like those stemming from the common cold etc. are what are known as minor illnesses. And some others like pneumonia are major ailments which can even be life threatening.  These issues can affect the upper respiratory system, that is the nose, the sinuses, the mouth or the lungs in particular the lower bronchial tubes. If the problem gains severity it can even affect the functioning of the lungs and cause a reduction in lung capacity. Respiratory problems are characterised by a stuffy nose, sore throat, coughing, pain or pressure in the face, laryngitis and in the case of severe infections can very high fever. In some cases when the lungs and the bronchial tubes are affected, it can be a very serious ailment. It is only proper diagnosis and treatment that can keep the disease from escalating.

An inflammatory disease of the lungs, causing shortness of breath, breathlessness and tightness in the chest is bronchial asthma or just asthma. It is a chronic ailment that can only be controlled through medicine although it cannot be fully cured. The inflammation causes constriction in the airways making breathing very difficult and a specialist doctor usually recommends a broncho-dilator for immediate relief. This disease requires two kinds of medications— long term medicines help keep the disease in control consisting of inhalers and nasal sprays and emergency medicines which are used at a critical time in the form of broncho-dilators. In the treatment of this disease one of the most important things is to identify the triggers and keep them at bay, which can range from dust, allergens such as pet dander and pollen to intense emotions or stress. Along with these, medical health professionals usually recommend a range of medical and non-medical measures that can help keep the effects of the disease at bay.

Another respiratory problem that is on the rise is allergic cough. The natural defence mechanism of the body reacts through cough when the natural lining on the inside of the nose, throat, voice box or lungs is affected. There are two kinds of cough, one caused by infection and the other is the allergic cough. There are many things that cause this kind of cough like dust mites, pollen dust, chemical fumes and other pollutants, smoke and even some kinds of food. Rather than treating a cough, the best method is to prevent it by reducing exposure to allergens. This can be done by keeping the home and work environment as free of dust as possible. It is also important to eat home cooked food since restaurant food contains additives. Simple measures like this this can help mitigate the impact of an allergic cough with ease.

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Everything you wanted to know about allergic rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis is one of the most common breathing problems nowadays. It is a kind of nasal infection caused by allergens. It is believed that almost around 10% of Indians suffer from allergic rhinitis at a particular time. Allergic rhinitis is commonly named as hay fever. In this condition, you experience acute irritation in your nasal cavity. The common symptoms of rhinitis are as follows.

  • A stuffy nose
  • A nose running continuously
  • Continuous sneezing
  • Itching in the nasal cavity
  • Itch and watery eyes
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

Any combination of all these symptoms might befall you in allergic rhinitis. However, it is not uncommon that you have all these symptoms at the same time. In such a condition, it becomes very difficult to maintain your coolness. This is the reason why it is advised to get allergic rhinitis treated at the onset of the symptoms. It has been seen that when you treat any throat or nasal condition at the initial stage, it gets easily treated.

Like any other breathing problems, allergic rhinitis is caused by external agents. Primarily, there are a few allergens which trigger the onset of allergic rhinitis. Actually, the symptoms you experience in allergic rhinitis are side effects of the action of histamines, which is an enzyme secreted in your body when you come in contact with the allergens. You cannot help the trigger of histamines in your body. In fact, the histamines are a natural reaction of the body. So, to protect yourself from allergic rhinitis, the best way would be to stay away of the allergens. To do that, you should know about the allergens. The allergens which cause allergic rhinitis are as follows.

  1. Dust

Every time you go outside, you get prone to acquiring dust in your nasal cavity. During the winter seasons, when the air is crisp, the problem of dust in the air increases. Suspended air particles too cause similar problem as that of dust. The best way to prevent dust would be to wear masks whenever you go outside.

  1. Fur

If you have a pet dog or cat in your home, you are definitely more vulnerable to nasal allergies and allergic cough. The hair of your pet animal might enter your nose and trigger allergic reactions. This is the reason why should keep your pets well-groomed always.

  1. Moulds

The spores of fungi and moulds are one of the dangerous causes of allergic reaction. This things might pose a threat to humans during the monsoon season. So, it is very important that you prevent the growth of moulds in your home by sorting out all leakage problems in the house problem. Every nook and corner of the house should be cleaned on a regular basis.

The story behind what is asthma

Asthma is one of the commonest chronic breathing disorders found in human beings. There was a time when people had the notion that asthma is caused by allergic reactions in the throat cavity. However, it is true that certain allergens such as smoke, dust, pollen grains etc. can trigger asthma attacks in a person, but the person must be a patient of asthma. It has been found that the occurrence of asthma in human beings can be genetic. If a person is suffering from asthma, it is possible that either of his or her parents has got asthma.

All these facts about asthma might make it a dreadful disease. It is in fact true that asthma cannot be cured completely, however, one can keep asthma attacks under control quite effectively by taking certain precautions. There are several therapy based treatments too, which help one to cope up with asthma in a better way. It is always better for a person to start these therapies at a very young age. The sad thing is that there are many misconceptions regarding asthma and asthma attacks, which discourage people to undergo those therapies, making themselves suffer more. It is always advisable to parents that if they suspect that their child is an asthma patient, they must consult a doctor immediately and undergo the therapies. In many cases, it has been seen that when treated early, a child understands what is asthma and acquires the ability to tone down the effects of its attacks.

Here are a few asthma myths and facts, which will be helpful for all.

  1. Asthma is psychological

Many parents think that asthma in children is a psychological problem, rather than a physiological one. They try to divert the child’s attention away from the problem. This, however, can never help, for asthma is a real problem and far from being psychological.

  1. Asthma disappears with age

Many people think that asthma attacks will lessen and eventually stop as the child will grow. This, again, is a misconception. Children who are diagnosed below the age of 5 might outgrow asthma, but the older you get the lesser are the chances of outgrowing asthma.

  1. Asthma patients should not go out

When parents start acknowledging that their child has got asthma, they start putting restrictions on the child like not going outside to play or not eating ice creams. These restrictions do not make any sense as a person or child with asthma can live a regular life without restrictions once their medications have started.

  1. Asthma can be cured by a good diet

Many people are also of the view that asthma cure can be ensured eating good food. However, the truth is there is no correlation between asthma and food habit.

Know the reasons of your allergic cough to ensure a healthy life

The world stands at the threshold of great progress and a phenomenal increase in the pace of life. Lifestyles have also been changing with the times and it is seen that the modern youth would like to stop at nothing in their journey to success and achievement. However, while we may have our own plans about our future, the truth is that you have to respect your health and well-being for your body to support your endeavour for success. The moment you start to take your health for granted you will have to start compromising on your initiatives and dreams in pursuit of survival.

The changing times have given rise to different ways in which people fall ill and the frequency with which diseases strike, this is also one reason why a lot of people experience breathing problems in life. Difficulties in breathing may occur due to varied reasons such as change in seasons, physical activities, constant exposure to excessive smoke and fumes or even because of the consumption of certain allergy causing foods. While it may be difficult to manage a busy life along with a health problem, if we even become more aware of the reasons why the issues occur, it may be possible to keep them at bay.

In order to keep the health issues such as breathing difficulties at bay, it may also be important to bring about major lifestyle changes. This can include—trying to work for humane number of hours and not taking up more than you can deliver or trying to make sure that you plan your work processes well enough to not have to put undue stress on yourself. It may also be essential to ensure that you keep the people around you aware about the reasons for your allergic cough so that they may stay alert about when you may need help and also be sensitive to your health needs.

Finally, it may be important to ensure that you choose to get the best treatment possible for the health issue that you may be facing. In order to treat your asthma, you may need to get in touch with the best asthma specialist and this is something that goes without having to say because only an expert and experienced specialist may be able to help in the process of recovery with ease and at a remarkable speed.

Asthma treatment and all you need to know about it

Being surrounded by immense pollution and high levels of industrial exhausts and fumes may be a sign of great mechanical and industrial development in the country; however, it also implies that with the increase in development, the people may have to ensure that they take increased care of their health. In times of high levels of pollution if the people keep going on with life like nothing ever changed, they may be putting their own selves at a great risk of health and well-being along with the health and well-being of the next generations to come.

In order to be able to remain safe from health issues, it is important to make sure that you remain alert about the problems that may strike your health such as asthma and also ensure that a proper asthma treatment is taken in case you fall prey to the disease. Though asthma has grown to be a common breathing disorder, it should not be taken lightly and you must make sure to choose a treatment that is apt for the management of the disease within a record amount of time.

When you need to ensure a proper treatment, it may also be imperative to get the best asthma specialist on board for getting the treatment administered. A specialist that is experienced in the field may be able to diagnose issues in a better manner and be able to find out the root cause of the problem without too much of a struggle. Being in experienced hands may also mean that the problem may be resolved sooner than if it was to be tackled by any other regular doctor. When you are facing a health issue, it makes sense to trust only the best for treating you, rather than taking chances with multiple doctors.

If you are to find the best treatment and the most viable treatment provider, it may be important for you to make sure that you are able to first identify the asthma symptoms on your own. One of the most common symptoms of the breathing disorder is shortness of breath, you may feel like your throat and lungs feel constricted and breathing may become a difficult task for you. You may also start to feel light headed and uneasy in places where there is too much pollution or substances in the air you breathe. When such symptoms start appearing, it may be best to find out about the best doctor and book your appointment to get checked without losing time.

Five actions which will ruin your allergic rhinitis treatment

It might not be unknown to you that the treatment of respiratory ailments demands lots of dedication from the person. In most cases, respiratory ailments, especially those which are acquired genetically are not curable at all. In such cases, the only way to avoid the difficulties caused by respiratory problems is to keep them under control. And keeping any disease under control is not a very easy task, unless you cooperate with your physician in doing so. Your physician would advise you to follow a few things and probably ask you to stay away from lots of things.

If you trust your physician, you must ensure that your physician can trust you. Here are five things which you must avoid at all cost if you want positive results from your medication.

  1. Smoking

Smoking is a terrible habit. Even the habit of smoking a single cigarette every day is enough to worsen your breathing problems. Your physician would specifically ask you to stop smoking, and if you want to stay healthy, you must follow your physician’s instruction. Some people are of the view that if physicians have forbidden smoking cigarettes, tobacco can consumed in some other way. However, you must remember that tobacco consumption can cause serious health problems, and if your physician finds out he or she will have serious trust issues with you. Moreover, it can have serious consequences on the outcome of your treatment.

  1. Neglecting therapy practice

Your physician might have prescribed certain therapies along with medication to deal with chronic respiratory diseases such as allergic rhinitis. These therapies might be time consuming and also monotonous in nature. However, you must remember that those therapies are an important part of your treatment and you must undergo those therapies if you want to achieve maximum benefit from your treatment. If you avoid those therapies and lie to your physician about it, it is highly likely that your physician will find out that there is something wrong and you would be embarrassed in front of your physician.

  1. Go for alternate medication

There is an unwritten agreement between every physician and patient that the patient would not go for other forms of medication. The first thing is using multiple forms of treatment might nullify the positive effects of each treatment and cause adverse effects. There are a few people who undergo treatment of conventional medicine and alternative therapies like homeopathy at the same time, which is a terrible idea. Homeopathy is not a proven practice and it might hamper the treatment of conventional medicine. There are some people who might also fall prey to superstition. There are many god men in the market who claim to cure allergic cough through supernatural treatment. It is actually a big folly to believe in all these things and will only ruin your relationship with your physician.

The must dos for asthma cure

What is the difference between a complete cured disease and a completely managed disease? A simple example can be put forth by stating two diseases namely typhoid and asthma. The former can be cured through medical techniques by eliminating the salmonella typhus present in the body. The latter disease asthma doesn’t have a complete cure; but yes, it can be managed to a pretty big extent. The extent can go so high that a person actually doesn’t feel he is a patient of this disorder. So what are the steps towards asthma cure? It depends on degree of severity of your ailment.

The symptoms of this particular disorder can be easily managed today which wasn’t the case a couple of years ago. The causes however can be either hereditary (transferring from parents), allergic (due to the inhalation of some allergens), or via habits like smoking. The methods of asthma cure are divided into two segments namely controlling and relieving. Now what is the difference here? The controller is for a long term cause whereas the reliever is for short term cause i.e. sudden asthma attacks which need to be immediately taken care of. At times, even excessive stress can lead to this.

One commonly occurring symptom of asthma is the wheezing that disturbs you during your night sleep. It is a very irritating situation which doesn’t let you sleep peacefully. The doctors will of course examine the cause of it before prescribing any medication for the same. If the cause of your of disorder is asthma, then it is very crucial to widen the constricted air passages and therefore the doctor might ask you to take resort to a bronchodilator inhaler. The doctor might also ask you to take a pill that reduces the inflammation of the airways. Once this stage is cleared, the wheezing will certainly come to a halt.

The steps towards effectively managing asthma comprise of the following: – The first is to get an appropriate diagnosis done. The patient needs to coordinate with his or her doctor to make an action plan. Calculate approximately your peak flow on a daily basis and take measures when it drops. Keep a record of all the symptoms that you are undergoing because of the disorder. Please avoid the common triggers like allergens and smoke. Develop a habit to exercise on a daily basis; however prevent yourself from over exertion due to these exercises – there has to a limit over it. Once you follow these steps, the asthma cure actually starts kicking in.

Lastly, excessive cough can also be a possible outcome due to this disorder. This is of course the easiest symptom to deal it; although it might give you sleepless nights as well. There are both natural as well as medical techniques towards cough treatment. The natural ones include taking hot fluids, inhaling steam vapours and drinking warm turmeric milk and even honey is one of the curing elements. Thereby, following great healthy practices, you can now prevent yourself from the irritating symptoms of asthma.

Understanding wheezing and keeping it in control

Many people all over the world today suffer from respiratory problems because of the rising levels of pollution as well as greater exposure to allergens. The study of respiratory problems has developed a great deal and today there are many kinds of treatment available for the same. There are many tests and experiments designed to diagnose the extent of the disease and thus help in treatment options.

 

Coughs are one of the body’s best defence mechanisms and occurs when the lining of the throat, lungs, voice box or nose are irritated in any way. Coughs are usually the by-product of infections though today allergic coughs are becoming more common. These are as the name suggests caused by allergens which can be pollutants, chemical fumes, dust mites, pollen dust and even some kinds of food. Since it is something external that causes the cough, it is important to first eliminate these allergens. It is necessary to keep both the home and workplace as free of dust as possible. It is essential for people who are prone to this to eat home cooked food that is free from additives like taste and colour enhancers. Wherever possible exposure to these irritants must be minimised. It is the basic cure for this problem.

 

The modern world presents before us a host of allergy causing pollutants or fumes and they can result in both allergic coughs and allergic rhinitis. The latter is caused when the inner lining of the nose is irritated by allergens and immune system of the body reacts to the same. They result in a stuffy nose, red and watery eyes, swelling around the eyes. The discharge from the nose colourless and water and the symptoms occur within minutes of exposure to the allergen. This problem interferes with daily activities. In the case of the most common form also known as hay fever, it usually occurs only during the time when plants flower. The disease is usually treated with the help of anti-histamines, nasal steroids and leukotriene receptor antagonists like montelukast. People who suffer from this may later develop wheezing and asthma.

 

When the passages of the lung are narrowed it causes a great difficulty in breathing and is usually present in people who suffer from asthma. The narrowed air passage causes a whistling sound to be emitted during exhalation and this is called wheezing. It is a serious medical condition that needs treatment. The usual treatment for this problem is the use of bronchodilators that help in reducing the inflammation and freeing the air passage making it easier to breathe. Like asthma it can be brought on by allergens and sometimes even stress.

 

Choosing the best specialist for asthma treatment

When you are in charge of a busy life and you have little choice but to follow it. There may be times when you feel fatigued and exhausted and may want to get some rest, but you may have to keep going. In such times, when your guard is down and your immune system is weak, you may develop issues with the lungs and the respiratory system, that could prove to be serious hazards to the system and you may have to go through extensive treatment for these problems. The problems that affect breathing are becoming increasingly common in the recent generation and the reason may range from decreased immunity levels to constant exposure to pollution or even lifestyle habits such as smoking.

Know all about asthma

One of the most common diseases of the lungs and the respiratory system is asthma. In order to be able to beat the issue, it may be important to understand what is asthma. This is a problem of the respiratory system where the air sacs in the lungs experience inflammation and they may not be able to work as efficiently as they should. This is one reason why patients of asthma may experience the feeling of suffocation and breathlessness as the attack sets in. A lot of people may also experience dizziness or faint when they are under the influence of the attack and it may be essential to get immediate medical help in such cases.

Just as asthma affects the system and the symptoms are recognized, it is important to get the problem diagnosed by an expert. When the disorder is confirmed, you may be put on asthma treatment. The treatment may include the use of oral medication and a combination of breathing exercises that could help in providing relief from the issue. With the help of the right practices and timely medication, you may be able to rid yourself of the disease and may not have to go through extensive side effects.

Getting help:

If you need the disease to be controlled effectively, it is important to get the right help in the matter. You may need to ensure that the best doctor in the field is chosen for the treatment. While giving you medicines and an inhaler may be a regular thing to do, it is essential to make sure that the right doses and the best practices are advised by the doctor so that a healthier life may be achieved sooner.

Action plan for sudden breathlessness

Asthma is a rising problem, both for children and adults. In fact, asthma has amplified by more than 300 percent over the last 20 years. Asthma in children is one of the utmost causes of missed school days. It can disturb sleep, play and other activities. Asthma can’t be cured, but you and your child can reduce symptoms using simple plans. Asthma treatment in children develops day-to-day breathing, lessens asthma flare-ups and helps diminish other problems caused by asthma.

Your friends are planning a weekend trek and asked you to join, but you refuse to join. Several such situations may have crossed, where you wanted to go but avoid from going because you fear an asthma attack. You might have tried all possible ways, but have you ever wondered and tried using simple yoga techniques for asthma treatment. Yes, the ancient art of yoga is indeed the best key to ease your breathing problems. A couple of hours expended educating oneself on yoga at a local centre will equip you with postures that help reduce the effects of asthma. Daily practice of these postures for 15 – 20 minutes will considerably reduce asthma attacks.

Cough is a normal tendency of the body to fight phlegm and other irritants, however prolonged coughing can signal a number of conditions. It’s best not to overlook coughing which prolongs for a week or two and consult a physician. Or else you can try some home remedies prescribed by Ayurveda for cough treatment and relaxation.  A productive cough is one in which you are coughing up phlegm or mucous, this generally shouldn’t be supressed but natural expectorant can be used to ease out the removal of expectorant. A dry cough on other hand triggered by allergens, dry air etc. needs to be taken care of. It’s best to use demulcents, ingredients like honey, salt, pepper and so on that relax irritated mucous membranes and eliminate the irritant triggering the cough.

Feeling breathless might be somewhat familiar on a day-to-day basis. Whether it was when you ran to catch that bus or train, or when you decided to walk up the stairs instead of using the elevator. Whatever might be the cause for your shortness of breath the sensation can be quite draining, making you want to take a few minutes off. But imagine if the feeling of breathlessness was a consistent and repeated feature in your life. It does sound horrifying, but normally these are the ways or early symptoms your body mechanism shows signs of an onset of some bigger problem. Generally this sign comes with problems associated with the lungs or the heart. A closer examination reveals such signs are usually early signals of asthma, heart attacks or pulmonary disorders. A best way to stay healthy and live long is not to avoid such incidences and consult the physician when in doubt, as precaution is always better than cure.

Breathlessness that comes and goes, especially if accompanied by wheezing, is the symptom of asthma. Asthma treatment should be immediately sought from the physician as further delay would threaten ones health.