Asthma or Not? Cough in Children With Asthma

A cough is likely due to asthma if it refuses to go away over days, weeks or months, is worse at night or early in the morning, or if it comes and goes without notice.

A cough is even more likely due to asthma if the child also suffers from a chronic rough skin rash called eczema, or if a parent or other close relative has asthma.

Kids and adolescents can develop asthma at any age. So, no matter at what age such a cough began, the recognition that the child might have an underlying asthma condition is essential.

Sadly, many parents are reliant to accept a diagnosis of asthma, a dilemma which leads to unnecessary pain and suffering, delay in treatment and even loss of life. For parents who can not come to term with their child having asthma, I have good news: a cough due to asthma quickly gets better with proper medications. Moreover, children can outgrow their asthma.

Why people suffer from asthma

People who suffer from asthma have sensitive, hyper-responsive lungs, in the same way that people who suffer from eczema have sensitive skin.

A sensitive lung can go into spasm or constriction at any time. Spasm narrows small air channels, limiting airflow within the lungs and suddenly making it difficult for people with asthma to breathe. During such an episode of asthma attack, patients can experience shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, fast breathing, and chest tightness or discomfort.

Wheezing is a high-pitched musical sound taking place in the chest of someone who is experiencing an asthma attack. When loud, people nearby can hear it; but at other times it can only be heard by clinicians who listened to the chest with a stethoscope.

Asthma triggers

Catarrh or runny nose with its concomitant viral infection, cold weather, pets such as cats and dogs, dust, dirt, cockroaches, pollutants, paint fumes, perfumes, mold, grass, pollens and cigarette smoke can trigger already sensitive lungs into an episode of coughing and wheezing. Exercise, as well as emotions, also triggers a cough and shortness of breath in people with sensitive lungs.

Cough as a sign of asthma

Cough, a common problem, is one of the many signs of asthma. Parents and caregivers bringing children to clinicians when their cough lasts for many days and does not resolve with cough syrup. A cough is bothersome to children; it can prevent them from sleeping at night or during the day, can provoke them to vomit, can make them fearful of eating and even cause them to lose weight. When a cough and fever go together in a child, a more sinister illness such as pneumonia comes to mind.

Severity of asthma

When evaluating a child with asthma, it is important to assess the severity of the symptoms. Some children have the intermittent form of asthma, while others have the persistent form.

People with the irregular form of asthma experience symptoms once in a while. Those who have a persistent form experience degrees of symptoms more often, usually on a weekly basis or a daily basis, and sometimes even several times a day.

Examination of children with asthma

Clinicians look for signs of distress when presented with a child with an acute attack of asthma. The in-and-out pulling of chest muscles in a patient, or 'retraction', signals air-hunger and agony.

When there is no obvious wheezing, chest retraction or spontaneous coughing, I tend to ask the child, if they are old enough and comfortable, to cough out loud so that I can hear it

By the sound, one can often tell from where a cough is coming: from the throat, or pharynx, or from deep in the chest. The latter would mean that the lungs are the source of the problem, and therefore indicative of asthma. This distinction is important.

Respiratory rates, temperature, pulse rate and oxygen saturation are some of the vital signals obtained at the time of first examination.

Diagnosis of asthma

Clinicians can diagnose asthma in a patient who has a cough by listening to the chest with a stethoscope. A high-pitched musical sound, known as a wheeze, is suggestive of this condition. When a patient's symptoms are relieved with the use of a bronchodilator, such as albuterol, the diagnosis is all but certain.

Asthma medications

Drugs for asthma treatment, known as bronchodilators, are targeted to open up the narrowed airways so that air can get into the lungs. Another group of medications called 'inhaled stereoids' reduces mucus production and inflammation in the small air channels. People with frequent asthma attacks should use both medications. Medical practitioners need to explain details of use.

Asthma control and prevention

Prevention is the key to containing asthma. People who have the condition should avoid known environmental triggers; Some of the well-known allergens-dust, cats, dogs, smoke, roaches and so on have already been mentioned. Different asthmatics can have different triggers.

An asthma action plan is a set of steps which, when completed by medical practitioners, guides patients on the use of their medication before and during symptoms, and what to do when symptoms do not improve. There is also a section that tells users how to control things in their environment that make their asthma worse.

Why do people die from asthma?

Two years ago, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC, in the USA reported 187 children under the age of 18 had died that year as a result of asthma.

My guess is that the numbers of children who die of asthma every day within the inner cities of underdeveloped countries such as Onitsha in Nigeria, where pollution is at every street corner and people breathe air mixed with smoke, dirt and dust, are countless.

Simple measures such as avoiding asthma triggers and prompt use of asthma medication would prevent many unnecessary deaths. Failure to recognize the illness is the most heartbreaking and obvious reason for the high numbers. Furthermore, lack of access to much-needed medication as well as a delay in seeking expert medical intervention is often to blame.

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Disclaimer: This article is not intended to diagnose or treat any diseases but is merely based on the author's experience. Readers should consult their physician before implementing any part of the suggestions.

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Dealing With Sudden Episodes of Shortness of Breath

With COPD, there are many things that can cause difficult breathing, or shortness of breath. Different things trigger short breath in different people, but sometimes it just seems to happen for no reason. What can you do if this happens?

First, do your best to stay calm. I know, it's very challenging to stay calm when it looks like there is no air. Practice your Pursed-lip breathing, and try this mantra: Slowly say to yourself, “I'm breathing in … I'm breathing out”.

If you have a quick relief inhaler, use it. If you wear oxygen, put it on. Do a quick scan of your surroundings: is there anything there that could have triggered this? If you have accommodating chest pain, or your breathlessness is getting worse by the second, call Emergency Services right away. If you can stand, assume the position: hands on a chair back, or on a table or counter, leaning slightly forward. This expands the rib cage, allowing you to exhale excess carbon dioxide, and to take in a larger breath of fresh air.

There are many factors that can cause shortness of breath. It's important to know what can cause these frightening episodes. Often, it's not so much a physical trigger, but a lack of best practices. For example:

(1) Did you take your medications and inhalers today? Often, people with a good maintenance routine feel good and forget to take their maintenance inhalers, or other important drugs.

(2) Were you doing too much at once? COPD tends to slow people down. Then, on a feel-good day, said person will try and catch up on all the things that did not get done in the past week. Remember to pace yourself with all of your daily activities.

(3) Were you holding your breath? Sometimes we just forget to breathe, much less practice our Pursed-lip techniques. Something seemingly benign such as watching a scary TV show or movie (how about the news?) Engrosses us and we hold our breaths in the suspense of it all.

(4) If you are prescribed oxygen with activities, did you skip wearing your oxygen with activity? I can not tell you how many of my patients need oxygen with activity, but tell me that they put it on while sitting, but take it off to use the bathroom or go get something from the kitchen. This is backwards! I know those 100-foot oxygen hoses are a pain, but please do not risk low oxygen levels and heart damage just to do something for a few minutes.

So, what can you do to prevent these episodes from striking unexpectedly? Here are a few tips. Again, if you can not catch your breath or are having chest pain, call Emergency Services immediately.

Make sure your medications are optimized. Schedule a medication review at least once a year with either your MD or a pharmacist, to ensure you are not taking any duplicate or conflicting medications.

Scan your home environment. Do you need to de-clutter a little? Dust a bit more? Do you need help with these chores? If you find that doing chores leave you breathless, (especially ones that fluff up a lot of dust) hire someone to do them for you. Splurge once a month to have someone deep-clean, dust, and vacuum. YOU are worth it!

Post your Personal Action Plan to remind you what to do in what order. The panic of the episode may cause you to forget to even use your inhaler, or forget to use your pursed-lip breathing techniques.

Keep a fan handy, whether it's a personal hand-held fan or a larger floor-stand fan. Turn it on and stand or sit right in front of it for a few minutes.

For long-term benefits, consider joining a Pulmonary Rehab program, or starting a regular exercise program. Regular exercise has been proven to help people with COPD. Make sure you are exercising within safe limits for YOU.

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What to Do When Your Inhalers Are All Empty – And It’s Only the 25th of the Month

This is one of my favorite (not!) Answers when I ask one of my patients why they come to class wheezing and barely able to breathe. I have to pause before I figure out how to tactfully ask the question: You know you need your inhalers, so, how could you not know you were running low?

And then the REAL question: if this person refills their inhaler regularly, every month, then how is it they ran out?

Have you possibly been using your inhalers 'as needed' more often than usual?

This happens to many patients. You are going along fine, 2 puffs 4 times a day, then the weather changes. Or you get a mild cold. Or something stressful starts happening. Next thing you know, your inhaler is empty and you have another 5 days before you can get a new inhaler.

Everyone takes extra 'rescue' puffs once in a while. But it's important to keep track of how many of these extra puffs you are taking in a day, and why.

Some inhalers come with a built in counter, to let you know when you are near the bottom of the canister. Even with a counter, it is a good idea to make sure you have enough medication, so it will be there when you need it the most. Make a habit of looking at your counter on the 15th of the month. If you have used more than half of your doses, it's time to talk to your doctor.

Yet, some insurances will only pay for one inhaler per month. What can you do in this situation? Many people will pay the cash price for one more rescue inhaler to have on hand. Your doctor should not have any problem writing a prescription for you for this.

With asthma, we divide the diagnosis into 'controlled', 'poorly controlled', and 'uncontrolled'. Controlled means that the indications are doing their job and the patient has very few exacerbations or episodes of short breathing.

“Poorly controlled” means the patient has many episodes or exacerbations that often send them to the hospital. “Uncontrolled 'means nothing we prescribe is working, or, the patient is not compliant with the medications and inhalers that we do prescribe.

This goes for COPD as well. I had one patient who was taking one puff of his inhaler every hour. That is not a symptom-control strategy!

If you find that the inhaler regimen you have been prescribed just is not covering you and keeping you symptom-free, it's time for a medication review with your doctor.

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What Are 3 Things I Can Do About Asthma?

The Mayo Clinic, representing more than 3,300 doctors, scientists and researchers, says that it is not clear why only some people get asthma. According to their research the cause of asthma is genetic and environmental. This means it is passed on through families and triggered by environmental exposure. Of course, there are cases that are purely hereditary and cases that are purely environmental. For example, a chronic smoker can get asthma even if they have no genetic disposition. For average people, the main concern is to eliminate the environmental causes of asthma, especially for young children who may develop the disease from exposure. There is actually 3 things you can do to greatly reduce the environmental exposure to irritants that cause asthma.

The first thing is eliminating toxins. The big ones are pet dander, Volatile Organic Compounds, such as smoke, and dust. The grand majority of dust is circulated through the home by the central heating and cooling air duct systems. This is where duct cleaning or proper window treatment and caulking goes a long way. This is a simple step that gets big results. Removing those pounds of dust is very effective and it is important to keep dust from coming in.

The second thing is looking out for is sulfates and preservatives, such as those found in shrimp, dried fruit, processed potatoes, beer and wine. In a healthy adult, with a mature liver, these foods are fine, but in growing children, for some reason, they are linked to asthma attacks. Most of those foods do not look like anything a kid would eat, but food manufacturing companies have a nasty habit of sneaking in preservatives, such as mono sodium glutamate (MSG), under new and improved names such as glutamate acid and so on. The big red flag in the food preservation industry is the amount of salt. Table salt does not really represent a threat, but the salt in food is usually linked with long chain organic preservatives such as sulfates that is shown to lead to more frequent asthma attacks. The moral of the story is: if you are buying groceries and you notice a high amount of sodium, sulfates are also reasonably present in that food.

The last and most important thing to avoid for asthma is cold or polluted air. Weird how very frigid air can provoke asthma, but a repeated strain on the respiratory system in the form of cold air does this. Then there is the obvious mainly considered reason: pollution! In terms of pollution, we have the most control by using electronic air filters for our indoor air and regularly changing air filters like in our cars. Those three things will give you deep, fresh breathing!

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Top 5 Steps to Defeat Asthma – Natural Treatment

Suffering with Asthma every day is like having an extra job trying to control the symptoms. It only takes one day when the air pollution is higher than normal causing you to wheeze so bad you can not make it into work. The cold air hitting your lungs causes you to have an asthma attack so you stay home more than going out. You resort to your medication to keep your asthma at bay. Does this sound like you?

Going a natural treatment for asthma may be what you need not only to relieve your symptoms but to heal your body from the inside.

# 1. Asthma (Natural Treatment)

Asthma is an inflammatory reaction to allergens and irritants. Before we can deal with the inflammation it's important to start the process of treating your asthma naturally by analyzing your environment.

Remove all allergens and irritants that may trigger an asthma attack: chemicals, aerosol sprays, animal dander, certain medicines, molds, perfumes, pollens, sulfites, to name a few.

Jane had asthma since she was 5, (61 years ago) but had it well controlled until about 14 years ago. Then in spring she would have to wear a filter mask when she walked her dog or end up with an asthma attack. This went on for 3 years. After learning how toxic the indoor air was in her home, she removed all chemical allergens and had not had to use a filter mask or had an asthma attack in 10 years. She credits not having the chemical allergens in the house to compound the outdoor allergens.

Jane made one change to her environment and as you can see it made a dramatic difference in her breathing and ability to go outside without having an asthma attack.

# 2. Asthma (Natural Treatment)

Our diets are one of the main sources of inflammation that we face daily. We eat at least three times per day, and that repetitive level of inflammation needs to be addressed if you are ever to get off some of your medication and breathe more easily.

Eat more anti-inflammatory foods like: apricots, cruciferous vegetables, onions, papaya, pumpkin and tomatoes. Foods to avoid: Citrus fruits, dairy products, dyes and preservatives, sugar and wheat.

# 3. Asthma (Natural Treatment)

People with asthma need to pay particular attention to fats because good fats are anti-inflammatory. Omega 3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect, while Omega 6 fatty acids promote inflammation. We tend to eat foods high in Omega-6 fatty acids. Good examples of omega-3 fatty acids are those in fish. Increase your intake of fish (or take a high quality fish oil supplement), nuts, olive oil while decreasing the amount of canola oil, and processed food of any kind.

# 4. Asthma (Natural Treatment)

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live in our gut and are commonly destroyed by the antibiotics we take regularly. Supplementing with probiotics can help heal asthma naturally from within.

# 5. Asthma (Natural Treatment)

Often times, asthmatics are depleted of critical nutrients due to the chronic inflammation in the body. Take a high quality nutritional supplement which supplies all the vitamins and minerals important to the immune system.

This 5 step Asthma Natural Treatment will absolutely influence how well you breathe and start healing your body from the inside.

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I Have A Secret

I've had this crazy secret goal for ten years. I consider it a secret, well up until now, because if I did not say it out loud, people would not know it or see me fail. Crazy because well, if you know me you know I hate to run. The goal? To run a marathon or 1/2 marathon before I turn 50 and now time is running out on me.

So last week I dusted off my couch to 5k app, you've got to start somewhere right? Found a future race I wanted to run in and then proceeded to spend the morning in front of the TV.

The reason I spent the morning on the couch was because I had so many things running through my head I was afraid to move off the couch, ironic I know since I just downloaded the COUCH to 5k app. These are just a few things making the rounds in my head. How was I going to train in Albany NY in the winter? What was I thinking? How would I run with my asthma, especially in the winter? Now the five people who read this article would witness me failing or succeeding if I'm looking at the glass half full. But the big thought running through my head was, am I capable of running 13.1 miles?

You see, when I set goals for myself, I set myself up to fail from the start. I set such out of reach goals that they are hard to accomplish. For the first time in my entire life, I've decided to set an attainable goal first and then build on that goal. Instead of setting out for a marathon right away, my first goal is to finish the entire Couch to 5K program. Nine weeks, three times a week and then move on to a Couch to 10K, then move on to a Half Marathon. I also think I'm going to modify my goal, for now, to a half marathon and then, if at the end of the training and if my old body does not feel like it's going to fall apart, maybe I'll train for a full marathon.

One of the problems I will encounter with this goal is I'm a lazy person. I always have been and not just a little lazy, like really really lazy. I could very easily sit on the couch for days on end watching Netflix. But I have also had the good fortune to experience the runner's high, it's real and amazing, but usually the laziness wins. The hardest part for me will be the actually getting out there and going for a run. One of my other problems is that I hate running. Mostly because I run too fast, you know to hurry up and get it over with. Then I become so out of breath that I am sure I'm going to have a heart attack. I also have asthma, which makes it hard to run and even harder in the winter. The last problem I think I'll have to overcome is my family, more specifically my husband. You see, I've started this goal before, and they have watched me start it and give up. So when I mentioned it to Rob, his first response was laughter, and then I believe he said “we've been down this road before.” His reaction is completely understandable and justifiable. I'm pretty sure I had the same reaction when I said it out loud in my head. But maybe, just maybe, if I put it out there on the World Wide Web, I will be accountable and less likely to quit, maybe.

I figure if I can accomplish a life long dream and goal of opening a bakery, surely I can train my body to run 13.1 miles. Some say say making croissants seven days a week for 14 hours a day is much easier than running 13.1 miles. However, my thumbs and wrists would beg to differ. So here we go, another goal, another dream and I know I can do it; after all I was the owner of flour. sugar. eggs. for a year.

I hate to run; I hate not being able to breathe, but I love the feeling you get after running, I love feeling like I've accomplished something or better yet that my body has accomplished something. Here I go, I hope you are routing for me and wishing me luck!

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Natural Asthma Remedies: Why Inflammation May Be the Cause of Your Asthma

There is an epidemic of asthma in our country and around the world. Most people got asthma when they were a child and knew about it as adults. But now a lot of people are getting asthma for the first time as adults and they want to know why. Let's take a look at our diet and how it is impacting asthma.

Asthma is above all an inflammatory condition. What asthma sufferers do not realize is what they are eating can be causing inflammation in the body which leads to serious asthma flare ups.

There have been several studies linking an increase in inflammation as the undering cause of asthma. Natural asthma remedies can be used to cool inflammation without any side effects.

When we eat poorly over a long period of time our body becomes imbalanced and inflammation starts to grow. Nutrient-depleted diets such as the SAD diet not only is unhealthy but causes chronic inflammation in our bodies. Ever present inflammation makes sufferers extra sensitive to triggers.

Standard American Diet (SAD) Consists of more Omega 6's than Omega 3's and we are eating a lot of sugar in our foods. Too much sugar, carbohydrates and fats are consumed. Sugar suppresses our immune system and causes inflammation in the gut.

Omega 3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect, while omega 6 fatty acids promote inflammation. Yet we eat an abundance of omega 6 fatty acids every day. Omega 6 fatty acids are the ones that you see in most processed food and they are known as trans-fats or partially hydrogenated oils.

Evaluate your diet. What we are eating is causing inflammation in our bodies and once this happens we start seeing more serious health issues like asthma. We become more sensitive to certain foods like milk, gluten, corn and a host of other problems begin to crop up like sensitivity to chemicals, dust, mold, pollen, etc. Some people even became sensitive to the paint in their bedrooms. Think about adding natural asthma remedies to your diet like Omega 3's – fish, fish oil, nuts.

In addition to unbalanced fat intake, nine out of ten Americans do not eat sufficient amounts of vegetables and fruits, which are rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory vitamins, and other nutrients. Vitamin C and E as well as flavonoids have potent anti-inflammatory benefits. Supplements containing magnesium, selenium and vitamin C are great natural asthma remedies.

Cloves, Ginger, Onions, fruits like strawberries, blueberries, papaya and lemons are all great natural asthma remedies. They contain anti-inflammatory benefits and vitamin C.

It's important to eliminate as many allergens as possible. Avoid troubleshootome foods. Get tested to see if you are deficient on any vitamins or minerals. Try natural asthma remedies to get the undering cause of your asthma symptoms.

Natural asthma remedies are safe and effective and can help reduce inflammation. When you help your body from within and address your infection you can feel a dramatic difference in your symptoms.

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Natural Asthma Remedies – How Toxic Chemicals May Be Causing Your Asthma

You may be shocked to learn according to the EPA, most homes have airborne concentrations of hazardous and toxic chemicals that are two to five times higher indoors than outdoors. In one five-year study the EPA reported that a number of homes had chemical levels that were seventy times higher inside the homes than outside! Learn how toxic chemicals in your home may be causing your asthma.

Most consumer products we use every day contain over sixty-three hazardous products which includes hundreds of different toxic chemicals. The products we clean our homes with are filled with toxic chemicals. We use these products with no protection at all and with no ventilation. Industry workers are required to wear special gloves and goggles when dealing with chemicals just like the ones we use every day.

We assume that just because the products are sold in the stores that they are safe to use. Toxic chemicals can enter our bodies by swallowing, absorbing through the skin, and breathing the air.

Here is a list of some dangers of using cleaning products:

TIDE & CHEER DETERGENT: Can cause temporary respiratory tract irritation. Can cause asthma attacks.

CLOROX: Eye, skin and respiratory irritant. Especially hazardous to people with heart conditions or asthma.

LYSOL DISINFECTANT: Eye, skin, respiratory tract irritant.

DEODORANT SOAP: may cause cancer; causes asthma; irritates lungs.

TOILET BOWL CLEANER: very toxic, causes skin, nose, throat, and lung burns

And many more …

Breathing in the toxic fumes may cause serious reactions such as burning eyes, runny noses, headaches, problems breathing, etc. Touching the products with your skin may cause skin rashes not only that the toxic chemicals go straight to your bloodstream.

People with existing lung conditions such as asthma should avoid all toxic products especially the use of aerosol products according to the American Lung Association.

If you still are not convinced that chemicals in your home are making you sick then take a look at the list below:

The following household products are considered hazardous waste according to the San Francisco House Hazardous Waste Program. This is only just a few:

– Ammonia cleaners
– Chlorine bleach
– Cleansers
– Disinfectants
– Furniture and floor polish
– Oven cleaner

Because household products are considered hazardous materials, the government does not allow us to throw them in the trash. Any toxic cleaning product must be disposed of by special household Hazardous Waste pick-up and placed in special toxic-waste dumps.

What does this really mean for you – toxic chemicals in our household cleaners are making us sick. Asthma sufferers are especially sensitive to chemicals because when we breathe in the toxic chemicals our immune system goes in overdrive. We react by wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, even asthma attacks.

Why are we using these products when they are considered hazardous waste and may cause serious health issues like asthma?

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Top 5 Natural Asthma Remedies

Most people do not even realize that asthma can be life-threatening. Despite the fact that there are more conventional treatments available than ever before, the death rate from asthma has more than doubled since 1980. Now more than ever asthma sufferers are turning to natural asthma remedies for asthma relief.

Natural asthma remedies are a safe and effective way to get relief from your asthma symptoms such as tightness or pain in your chest, wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. Natural asthma remedies have been used for years for treating asthma.

Another reason for asthma sufferers to turn to natural asthma remedies is because asthma medications have a host of side effects. They contribute to yeast growth, osteoporosis, rapid heartbeat, increased blood pressure, palpitations, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, dizziness, thinning of the skin and connective tissue, etc. They even seem to worsen asthmatic symptoms after a while or become less potent.

Natural asthma remedies do more than treat the asthma symptoms, they are used to aid the body by enhancing its own natural defense mechanisms to heal itself.

Using natural asthma remedies can reduce your reliance on bronchodilators (inhalers), antihistamines and corticosteroids (steroids), reduce symptoms of coughing, wheezing or difficult breathing.

Top 5 Natural Asthma Remedies:

1. Magnesium – Magnesium helps stabilize the mast cell and relax muscles, so it functions as both an anti-inflammatory nutrient and as a bronchodilator.

2. Supplement with Omega 3 essential fatty acids – natural anti-inflammatory substance, gentle treatment that slowly over time helps the body repair tissue damage.

3. Take a high quality Probiotic – Probiotics can help your body heal asthma from within

4. Vitamin C & E – Vitamin C works as a gentle antihistamine without the side effect s of medications. They have potent anti-inflammatory benefits. Vitamin E penetrates each cell's fatty membrane and protects the cell from damage.

5. Turmeric – Turmeric is a perennial herb of the ginger family used as an anti-inflammatory agent.

Nutritional deficiencies are an important key to beginning to heal asthma. Nutrient supplements target asthma at a cellular level, where things first go wrong.

If you are dealing with the challenges of asthma (as increasing numbers of people are these days!), Do not think that potentially dangerous medications are your only choice.

Because when you help your body naturally from within and support it in addressing some of the underlying factors behind asthma, you can feel a dramatic difference in your symptoms.

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3 Steps to Stop Asthma – Natural Asthma Remedies

Even if you seem to be pretty healthy today, there's a good chance that infection is simmering in your body, quietly damaging your heart, your mind and other tissues. Inflammation is the leading cause of asthma today and some 300 million people currently suffer from asthma. Natural asthma remedies can help reduce inflammation.

Inflammation is a normal process that can go dreadfully wrong. It is supposed to protect us from infections and promote healing when we are injured. Yet chronic inflammation does just the opposite: it breaks down our bodies and makes us more susceptible to disease. Conventional medicine reduces the symptoms of inflammation but does not get to the root cause of asthma.

Sheila, my sister, had suffered from asthma since she was ten. She was allergic to dust, grasses, smoke, perfumes, wool, and some cosmetics. Within a few years of her asthma diagnosis, Sheila was taking a variety of prescription drugs: oral and nasal, a bronchodilator, antibiotics and other medications. She began to feel addicted to her asthma drugs and was afraid to be without them.

Her asthma was related to and aggravated by her allergies, and Sheila found herself taking increasingly stronger medications. At age forty, she consulted with a holistic physician. He recommended she try natural asthma remedies to reduce her infection that was causing her asthma symptoms. Two months after Sheila started taking natural asthma remedies, she had a new vitality and higher energy levels. Over the next year or so, she was able to stop using all of her medications.

The causes of inflammation are often related to dietary imbalances or inadequacies. Your immune system is working overtime to remove any foreign allergens from your system which causes an allergic inflammatory reaction.

Inflammation triggers are the events that precipitate a specific inflammatory response after the body is already primed for an overreaction. Although it is not the same as correcting the causes of inflammation, it is essential to avoid events that trigger inflammation. Doing so helps settle down an agitated immune system.

More people are turning to natural asthma remedies because they are safe and effective for reducing inflammation without all the side effects.

Natural asthma remedies:

First, try to reduce your exposure to inflammation triggers. If you have food allergies, make a point of avoiding troublesome foods.

Second, it is important to stay away from triggers such as chemicals, pollen etc. to allow your immune system to normalize. Switch your home to natural chemical free cleaning products.

Thirdly, eat a more wholesome diet and take fish oil supplements and supplement with vitamins.

You have the power to transform your health. Natural asthma remedies such as diet, supplements and removal inflammation triggers can get to the root cause of asthma.

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Sinusitis – A Brief Overview and Effective Remedies

Sinusitis simply means inflammation of the sinuses. Sinuses refer to cavities in the facial region of the skull that are enclosed by mucus. Sinus infection may either be due to bacteria or viruses or even due muscular arrangement near the nostrils. Here, the major root cause for the sinus is the accumulation of mucus that results in growth of bacteria.

Symptoms associated with a sinus range from cold or nasal block to general overall restlessness. Some of the predominant symptoms of sinus are listed below –

  • Runny nose accompanied with blockage of nasal passage
  • Headache, watery and itchy eyes
  • Breathing problem
  • Fever and fatigue
  • Pressure near the head and face.

Sinusitis affects millions of people around the world. There are numerous effective treatments that are recommended for this infection. A few of the most effective Ayurvedic home remedies for sinusitis are described below.

  • Remedy With Cumin Seeds and Honey

Roast 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds. Powder them and add 1 teaspoon of honey. Mix well and consume the potion daily to observe results.

  • Steam Inhalation

Steam inhalation with Basil leaves for 5 to 6 times daily is guaranteed to provide convincing results. This can also be combined with Pranayama (Breathing exercises in Yoga).

  • Turmeric Rice For Nasal Blockage

Take about a handful of cooked rice and add half tsp. Turmeric to it. Take a nice soft cloth and bundle up the hot rice in it. Place this bundle over the nose and lie down for a few minutes.

  • Fenugreek Seeds

For 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds, add 4 cups of water. Boil this mixture well till it reduces to half of the original quantity. Strain the liquid and consume 4 cups of this liquid every day. This home remedy is to eliminate fever and to flush out the toxins from the body.

  • Basil Tea Decoction

In 2 cups of water, add 10 Basil leaves, 10 pepper pieces and a 2 inch ginger piece. Boil this mixture well till it reduces to approximately around a cup or so. If needed, add 1 teaspoon of sugar. Mix well and consume it when it is hot. Please keep in mind, not to have a bath or food till one hour after the intake of this decoction.

  • Maintain a Healthy Diet

Make sure that processed food, milk, sugar, caffeine, fried, oily items are completely avoided. Always ensure a well-balanced nutritious diet regularly to cure this infection completely.

  • Garlic for Sinus Infection

Take around 4 to 5 garlic cloves and soak them in water for 10 minutes. After soaking, crush them perfectly to make it into a smooth paste. Now take this paste to your nose closely and inhale the garlic. If breathing deeply is a difficulty, try to breathe at least the flavor of garlic. Garlic is very effective to loosen up the thick mucus that has accumulated inside.

The above mentioned remedies are highly recommended for people who are troubled by a sinus infection. By following these remedies, one can resist the effects of bacteria and allergens that are present in the environment.

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Chronic Bronchitis, Causes and Type

Chronic bronchitis may be defined as a disease characterized by cough and sputum for at least 3 consecutive months in a year for more than 2 successful years. in this condition there is chronic obstruction to the alveolar inflow of air either due to chronic bronchitis or bronchial asthma.

Causes –

Smoking: Smoking causes bronchoconstriction, sluggish ciliary movement, increases airway resistance, hypertrophy of the mucous glands, increased number of goblet cells and hypersecretion of mucus. Although smoking is said to be the most important cause, yet only 10% -15% of the smokers develop COPD. Usually a cigarette smoking history of greater than 20 pack Years is associated with the disease. (1 pack year is equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes a day for 1 year.)

Atmospheric pollution: Industrial and domestic smoke as well as sulphur dioxide are main causes of air pollution which are responsible for chronic bronchial irritation and increased resistance to the airflow.

Infection: The role of infection is uncertain, but it appears that once it develops chronic irritation is maintained and progresses to emphysema. The main organs are Haemophilus influenzae and Streptococcus pneumoniae. Mycoplasma pneumonae may also be involved.

Occupation: Coal-miners and industrial workers are often exposed to dust and fumes which may irritate the bronchial tree.

Familial and genetic abnormalities associated with Alpha-antiprotease deficiency may also be present.

Types of chronic bronchitis

• Simple chronic bronchitis. Here sputum is mucoid.

• Chronic recurrent mucopuralent bronchitis. There is mucopurulent sputum present in absence of localized suppurative disease.

• Chronic obstructive bronchitis. Airway obstruction is dominant.

• Chronic asthmatic bronchitis. There is long continued cough and sputum with late sunset of wheeze.

Pathogenesis, Pathology and Functional abnormality Mucous glands Due to chronic irritation, mucous glands under hypertrophy which is the main pathological finding in chronic bronchitis. The ratio between the thickness of gland and thickness of bronchial wall is called Reid Index. This is typically 0.26 and in chronic bronchitis it becomes 0.59. This index is the diagnostic criterion of chronic bronchitis. Goblet cells In the bronchioles Goblet cells proliferate and are overdistended with mucus.

Mucus

Mucus secretion is dramatically increased due to hypertrophy of mucous glands and proliferation of Goblet cells. This is the cause of chronic cough and sputum. Secretion of mucous glands mainly contributions to the sputum volume, while that of Goblet cell is responsible for airway obstruction. So there are wheeze, rhonchi and breathlessness. This mucus is chemically altered as its fucose and sialic acid concentration is increased.

Infection

Increased mucus predisposes to infection by various organisms, eg, viruses and bacteria. The main bacterium are H. influenzae and Strep. pneumoniae. This leads to severe inflammation of the bronchial tree resulting in mucopurulent sputum, further airway obstruction and constitutional reaction. H. influenzae may persist in the sputum and may cause fibrosis and scarring of the distant alveoli or at times emphysema. Airway obstruction This is the most important functional abnormality and is caused by numbers of factors, eg, overproduction of mucus, inflammatory swinging and oedema, spasm of smooth muscle, fibrosis, air trapping at bronchioles and emphysema. In the earlier part of the disease intermittent and later on permanent obstruction developments. With severe airway obstruction PEF and FEVI are diminished and the FEVI / FVC ratio falls below -5 per cent. However, this does not correlate well.

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5 Best Healing Methods for Asthma Patients

Introduction

Asthma is one of the problematic diseases that regularly affect both men and women. Asthma could be cured either by medicine or through common treatment. Himalayan salt is the best source to cure asthma, as it possesses as much as 84 important minerals, cell reinforcements and healing properties. Himalayan salt can mend any sort of afflictions and especially it can cure asthma easily.

Himalayan salt or 'the White Gold'

Referred to in the Himalayas as “white gold,” it has the same 84 common minerals and useful components found in the human body. This type of salt has additionally been developing in the course of the last 250 million years under serious tectonic weight, making a domain of zero value to poisons and pollution.

1. The Salt Inhaler

It has many extraordinary medical advantages. The Inhaler is an all-in-one type of gadget. It helps breathing effectively. It intends to focus on reducing allergy and asthma side-effects.

2. Himalayan Salt Lamps

They are one of today's most popular items to search for when it comes to a healthy living and keeping fitness. Throughout the years, salt researchers and salt specialists have found a plenty of benefits for this health-friendly salt that is, the effective Himalayan salt. Himalayan Salt shower and spa items are perfect for normally detoxifying and purifying the skin and body in the most comfortable way possible.

3. The Healing Spa for asthma patients

Another healing method is the salt spas where people unwind in salt hollows. Amid their session, a machine referred to as a halo generator works on them as it blows infinitesimal particles of high sodium sodium chloride into the air. In spite of the fact that this treatment is new to the US, the other parts of the world on use it on frequent basis.

4. Herbal treatment

Herbal treatment is another such healing method for asthma patients. Herbal medicine work slowly, but their healing is effective and long-lasting.

5. Homeopathic Treatment

This is on the grounds that breathing is our essential life power, while detoxification is obviously a key in keeping up ideal health-specifically given our overexposure to current chemicals and contaminants. Thus, the value of homeopathy for asthma patients increases. Salt treatment includes the remedial utilization of salt mines, salt hollows, or different types of salt presentation to treat therapeutic conditions-frequently with surprising results.

The overall Health Benefits of Himalayan salt

• The medical advantages of using regular Himalayan Crystal Salt shows a positively balanced healthy body and mind.

• Controlling the water levels inside the body, managing them for legitimate working

• Advancing stable pH parity in the cells, including the cerebrum.

• Empowering incredible glucose healing

• Supporting in diminishing the normal indications of maturing

Advancing cell hydroelectric vitality creation

Conclusion

The decision to use the best Himalayan salt over harmful ordinary salt is not difficult. In order to use Himalayan Salt as an option one can benefit from its health-friendly characteristics. It is highly recommended using Original Himalayan Crystal Salt as a perfect natural solution for a sound health.

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How to Have Your Best Cold Ever

My son came home from Grandma and Grandpa's house at 2:45 am recently. They said that he was crying and coughing and that neither could be stopped. As he has asthma whenever he is stricken with a virus (a cold, in this case), my parents had done the various inhaler treatments through that day, following his morning announcement that he had a “sore throat” – always a bad sign in our house. A parent of a child with viral-induced asthma knows that the plain-old cold will be anything but ho-hum.

As the mom of an asthmatic child, I do whatever it takes to keep the viruses at bay. Not so easy here in the Midwest when we spend lots of time together indoors for half the year.

Below are some of the techniques that I employ now to get through a cold.

1. Take a warm bath morning and night until you're better.

2. Blow your nose until it's clear.

3. Take the acetaminophen / Ibuprofen without (much) complaint.

4. Sit under a towel with a steamy bowl of water and eucalyptus essential oils for a few minutes throughout the day with a damp washcloth pressed on the side of the face. (More on this below)

5. Allow me to put rub some sort of oil on the tip of nose / upper lip. (Again, more below)

The warm bath is relaxing, helps to distract him from feeling under the weather, and loosens congestion. The nose-blowing is just obvious; get that junk out of there, for goodness sake! The steady-stream of pain / fever reducer helps his body to keep the focus on healing, not on managing the pain of a sore throat / congestion in the face / head area. Yes, I am all for letting the body do its work of fending-off those pesky viruses on its own, but allowing a kid to cry / suffer with a fever / congestion / pain does not seem like a smart way to handle things. I know that fever is the body's natural defense, and that it is good for us. Save it for the adults, I say. What culture has ever experienced that did not do what was within its means to treat pain? I know of none, except for (perhaps) the Shakers, and, well, most of them are not around anymore. Will a child grow-up to be a better person and have a stronger constitution if you withhold these? Maybe. I, for one, give pain reliever to my child, and I take it myself when needed. Boys, especially, do need to “be tough”, in my opinion, but that can be encouraged when it is a scratch, a bloody knee / elbow, or a shot at the doctor's office.

As for the eucalyptus oil, I do not go heavy on it – just a couple of drops in the glass bowl (okay, it's a rectangular Pyrex-type container) after the 1 or 2 inches of water has been heated in the microwave. I have my son either lie in bed on his stomach with a pillow between him and the water, or if it is daytime, he sits at the table with it. I drape a towel over him, and set the stove timer for about 3 minutes. The towel is standard bath-sized, so there is plenty of air coming in still. Once this is done, we do the nose blowing, and then I apply any oil that we have on hand, usually photographed with a few drops of lavender, too. Lavender is soothing and somewhat speeds healing, and is especially effective when the skin is moist from the steam. Doing this helps my son avoid getting a red, inflamed nose from all of the blowing / vigorous wiping with plain old tissues or the (tasteful) roll of toilet paper that is a constant-companion in our home whenever a cold strikes. Oh, I forgot to mention that if my son complains of an area of ​​his face hurting – like one side or the other sinus congestion, I also have him hold a dampened, microwave-warmed washcloth to the area, too, while he is under the towel. He does not know it, but I do add a bit of olive (or other) oil to the cloth, along with some lavender to make it smell nice. Again, my focus is on moving the healing process along.

As for our environment, I do a few things in my attempts to stop the spread of the illness. I say attempts as we tend to be here. As soon as my son is up for the day, I open his bedroom windows to let-in fresh air. I put a new pillowcase on his kid-sized pillow so that he has something clean to lie on later, and because pillowcases often have a way of functioning as Kleenex, too, when no one is looking. I wipe-down the door handles / common light switches, and always have a separate hand towel for my son. I know, though, that he often forgives to use his, so a new one is put out daily.

Chicken soup, of course, is a must, as is a morning and evening cup of tea. In our son's case, I encourage him to drink it without complaint (after all, this is ANOTHER thing to do!) By letting him spoon in the honey – local, of course, and pour / stir the tea. He's 6, and that might seem a bit dangerous, but we're talking about a small pitcher of water with at best inch inch of water in it. We were out of honey when this most recent virus stuck. Once the weekend was over, my son and I drve a few miles to the honey lady's house, and picked-up 3 lbs. – just $ 9. I look at it as a little adventure for us (him), and as a way of encouraging the elderly honey lady to keep doing what she does.

I would say that we put a h hour in the morning and then night into the above mentioned tasks. I make the time to do this because we move through a cold in about 3 days when I follow these steps. A slight cough might linger, but I'm usually done with giving any sort of pain reliever, etc., by the end of day 2, and can stop the excess baths / steam treatments by the end of day 3.

I hope the above tips help you have your best cold ever and manage your asthma.

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Getting to Understand Asthma

This article seeks to shed light on some aspects of asthma including causes, symptoms, and possible remedies. For easy understanding, the facts will be organized in various subheadings and at times, bullet points will be utilized.

1. What Is Asthma?

Asthma is a respiratory system condition in which the airways of a patient narrows, swells and produces mucus. Patients experience difficulties in breathing and this causes coughing, shortness of breath, and wheezing. For some people, this condition is just a minor nuisance but for other, it can be a major problem interfering with their day-to-day activities or may even lead to life-threatening asthma attack.

2. What Are The Causes of Asthma?

It is still not clear why some people get infected with asthma while others do not even when exposed to similar environmental conditions. Probably, the discrepancy is due to a combination of genetic factors as well as environmental factors. Generally speaking, exposure to substances that causes an allergy is known to trigger symptoms and signs of asthma. These triggers are different from person to person, and they include:

a. Air contaminants such fumes and smoke.
b. Physical activities can cause exercise-induced asthma.
c. Menstruation also triggers asthma in some women.
d. Preservatives and Sulfites added some foods and beverages may also trigger asthma in some people.
e. Gastroesophageal reflux disease, a condition where by stomach acids back up to the thought, is also a known cause of asthma.
f. Some medications such as aspirin and beta blocker among others also cause asthma in some people.
g. Other common causes include Cold air, strong emotions, and stress.

3. What Are The Symptoms of Asthma?

Asthma symptoms are not hard to detect. They range from minor to severe, but they vary from one person to another. The asthma signs and symptoms are listed below:

a. Wheezing and coughing attacks. This can get worse when there is viral infection on the respiratory system such as flu or cold
b. Patients may also experience whistling sounds when inhaling.
c. Shortness of breath is a common symptom.
d. Chest tightening and pain
e. Patients also experience difficulties in sleeping due to constant coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.

When the above symptoms become more troublesome, and breathing becomes more difficult necessitating the use of quick-relief inhaler more often, then patients should know that their asthma condition is worsening.

4. What the Remedies of Asthma?

There are myriad asthma medicines available. It can be difficult for patients to choose which one to buy. It is important to know that asthma medicines occur in two different types- the controller and the quick relief. The controller type is taken to prevent a patient from asthma attacks and symptoms. They can be used on a day-to-day basis. The relief type are taken when a patient already has an attack to nullify the symptoms. However, it is important to always seek the advice of a doctor in case of the symptoms; remember that asthma can be life-threatening.

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