What is Asthma?
Asthma is a complex condition that affects the airways, the small tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. During an asthma attack, the airways narrow making it difficult for air to travel freely due to airflow obstruction. These changes make breathing tough. Sometimes there is a feeling of not enough air into the lungs.
What are the symptoms of asthma?
Asthma symptoms may vary in severity and frequency. Some may experience mild symptoms while in others it may severely impact their day to day activity. In some the symptoms gets worse during physical activity or at night. Common symptoms include:
- shortness of breath
- chest tightness
What causes asthma?
Asthma is a complex disease and is caused due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Asthma is known to run in families and you are more likely to acquire it if one or both of your parents has asthma. Symptoms trigger when you are exposed to allergens that irritate and inflame the airways, such as:
- Grass and tree pollen
- Dust Mites (living in and feeding on house dust)
- Pet Dander
- Weather – Cold or Humid air
- Cockroach Droppings
- Certain medications
- Regurgitation of food back in throat due to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
How is asthma diagnosed?
The diagnosis of asthma begins with a detailed history and physical examination. Airflow in the lungs is measured using a spirometer or asthma monitor, a machine which is generally used to measure the amount of inhaled and exhaled air, in order to determine the level of airway obstruction.
Allergy testing is performed to determine which specific substances trigger the airway inflammation that can lead to asthma attacks.
Complications of asthma
Recurrent asthma symptoms lead to decreased quality of life, and increased absenteeism at work. Hospitalization when the asthma attacks are severe. Long term symptoms also affect how well you can breathe.
Homeopathic treatment for asthma
Reducing your exposure to allergens can have a positive effect on your asthma and may even reduce the amount of medicines that you need to take. Recent international studies and clinical trials have proved the efficacy of homeopathic medicines in asthma treatment. Asthma treatment at AIS Clinic is targeted to achieve a long-term control of your asthma symptoms with a stepwise approach.
Treatment includes oral use of homeopathic medicines which will control the severity and frequency of your episodes. If you are suffering from allergic rhinitis, then the hypersensitivity to the allergens is reduced by using a combination treatment. The medicines re-program the immune system and make you less likely to react to the triggers, thus preventing an allergy attack. Reducing the allergies will significantly reduce the asthma attacks.
FOR NEWLY DIAGNOSED CASES OF ASTHMA
The main aim of the treatment will be to control airway hyper-responsiveness and limit the narrowing of the air tubes which will make breathing much easier.
Homeopathic treatment will keep asthma under control on regular basis and make it less likely you will have an asthma attack.
You will need to use the prescribed medicines for several weeks to months to get optimum benefit. If your symptoms flare while on homeopathic treatment, then these episodes can also be effectively controlled.
You should be regular with the treatment even if you have no asthma symptoms.
Asthma monitor will be used to adjust your medicine dosage and to track treatment efficacy.
IF ALREADY ON ASTHMA TREATMENT
If you are using steroid inhalers and bronchodilators regularly then you should not discontinue using them. Your steroid doses will be tapered gradually once you start responding to the homeopathic treatment. Your dependency on the inhalers will reduce and you will not need to use it often.
Regular homeopathic treatment will effectively control the symptoms and make breathing much easier.
SEVERE ASRHMA OR STATUS ASTHAMATICUS
In cases of acute exacerbation of asthma that does not respond to the treatment, hospitalization is a must to reduce severe airflow obstruction. Complications in severe cases include respiratory / cardiac arrest.
Symptoms of severe Asthma:
- Rapidly progressive shortness of breath
- Labored breathing
- Extreme wheezing
- Dry cough