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Friday, 5 June 2015

How to Control Asthma; Lifestyle, Irritants, the Environment Can Trigger an Attack

It has been established that several factors may be responsible for your asthma attacks, and you should be aware of them. It is these same factors that lead to difficulties or crises experienced by sufferers such as difficulty in breathing, tightness in the chest, coughing in the early morning and night, and wheezing; these are the main signs of this ailment which affects the lungs. Scientists explain that the causative agents usually are factors such as some specific foods, dust, allergens and many other irritants which are capable of triggering an asthma attack.

How the lungs work: courtesy

In asthma attacks, the airways which comprise of tiny tubes that carry air to and from the lungs become inflamed, and as a result they become narrowed, thereby restricting the flow of air into the lungs. This, experts say is what leads to asthma symptoms like coughing, breathlessness, wheezing, and the rest. Researchers say so far, about 300 million people all over the world have the disease, causing an estimated 250,000 deaths each year!

Asthma affects people of all ages, but it is known to start most often during childhood. Rapid urbanisation, coupled with environmental factors has however been associated with an increased prevalence of this disease experts say. And according to Dr. Saheed Babajide, a medical practitioner, “asthma is a chronic respiratory problem. It is caused by a constriction in the bronchus from allergic reaction which makes the patient not to be able to breathe in and out. It is difficulty in breathing; it can be likened to somebody that is a sickler. Some can have it early. Some can develop it through the environment and due to allergic reactions. That is exposure to things that can make the bronchus to contract.”

As the world battles to curtail the rapid spread of asthma, experts believe the aforementioned factors which also include industrialisation and adoption of western lifestyle, have increased the concern of experts worldwide, and especially in the developing world. It is a fact that in Nigeria for instance, this ailment was hardly heard of say fifty years ago, a far cry from the picture we have today.

Handling asthma naturally

What you could do according to health experts is to make sure you identify the things that you are likely to react to: Some of these triggers or allergens are usually in the area of some specific foods that you may be allergic to, dust and smoke. As soon as you can identify these things, you simply try as much as possible to avoid them.

Air pollution: courtesy,

One natural way experts have devised in the handling of asthma is to engage in what is called – ‘the relaxing breath’, a form of breath work described by Dr. Andrew Weil, an expert in integrative medical health practice. He says “The most effective approaches are pranayama techniques (breath control exercises taught in some yoga classes). You can do these after the initial warm-up when symptoms are almost felt. For beginners, start with The Relaxing Breath.”

However, to avoid coma due to serious oxygen deficiency, and even airway remodeling - a serious condition that happens when asthma is untreated or poorly managed, leading to scarring of the lungs, you need to seriously avoid the triggers or factors mentioned. Be sure therefore to always consult your doctor when in difficulty or a state of confusion.

Other ‘asthma triggers’ asthmatics may wish to watch out for may include chemicals, cold and pet dander - small scales from animal skins or hair or bird feathers that can cause allergic reactions. Also look out for these possible triggers: fragrances from perfumes, soaps and body lotions, some food and food additives, sinus infections, etc. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me. social network