Ailments & Remedies

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Asthma

 

Overview

Asthma is a respiratory disorder that is caused by constricted small airways in the lung. It is a chronic lung condition that inhibits breathing and causes breathlessness in the individual. Excess mucus production, wheezing and shortness of breath are common symptoms while allergic reactions trigger asthma attacks. Asthma attacks can range from mild wheezing to life threatening conditions. Asthma affects individuals differently wherein the swelling and the constrictions of the bronchial tubes is heightened. 

 

Causes

For some people asthma can result from hereditary tendency to develop allergy or a family history of asthma. Common causes are exposure to air borne allergens from house dust mites, animal fur, cigarette smoke, cold air and chest infections. In some cases, obesity may also cause asthma.  Airway constrictions and inflammation as well as building up of mucus in the airways are other possible causes of asthma.

 

Symptoms

The symptoms of asthma can vary from person to person and also from time to time. The symptoms of asthma are at times present in persons with respiratory disorders or even heart conditions. The common symptoms are shortness of breath, chest tightness, coughing and wheezing. Some people may also experience tiredness after doing their daily activities or a restless sleep.  A person with asthma may also show a worsening of allergy symptoms.

 

Children who develop asthma at a very young age are more likely to 'grow out' of the condition as they get older. However, if the childhood symptoms of asthma are moderate to severe, the condition may return later in adulthood.

 

Diagnosis

The doctor will take a detailed history of the patient’s condition and also perform a physical examination to make a diagnosis. Tests and procedures may be prescribed by the doctor, from which the doctor will make an assessment of the situation. The doctor will evaluate the patient’s condition based on the severity and frequency of the asthma attacks, the degree of airway obstruction and if the condition is impairing the patient’s day to day activities.  

 

Treatment

Various alternative and complementary therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.



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