Know all about asthma treatment

Asthma is a relatively common chronic problem of the lungs and bronchi. Five percent of people in the USA suffer from this problem. Among children who live in urban environments, the percentage is much higher, and this particular percentage is climbing.

If you have asthma symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, tight chest or just feel your airways narrowed or inflamed then you must see a doctor immediately. Without proper medication, asthma patients can suffer terrible pains and even suffocate in a matter of minutes.

Prognosis: is there a 100% asthma cure?

Asthma is a health problem that can’t be anticipated too well because no one knows why or how it appears. Statistics and studies do show us that people with parents or relatives who suffer from asthma have a greater chance of contracting the illness themselves. So far, no 100% asthma treatment has been found.

There are two types or groups of drugs used to treat asthma.

1. Fast-acting drugs like bronchodilators are used to relax the muscles and allow air to again move through the bronchial airways. These are a critical part of many asthma treatments and should be used at the first signs of symptoms.

2. Longer-term therapy includes the use of longer-acting bronchodilators that relax lung muscle and are not anti-inflammatory. Usually used to control moderate to severe asthma and help at night. Long-acting beta-agonists are usually taken together with inhaled corticosteroid medicines

A more natural option is to limit exposure to asthma triggers. By changing the environment, it’s possible to lower the rate of attack. By careful analysis, it’s possible to identify those things that work as triggers and cause a bronchial event. Remove those triggers and the number of attacks diminishes. Some common triggers include dust mites, bugs, dust, pollen, certain types of exercise among other things.

Asthma symptoms are very hard to predict as they are triggered by a wide range of stimuli. Each person reacts differently to each one of these stimuli. Cold air or stress and physical exercises may become asthma triggers for anyone. Allergens like pollen, chemicals, dust, cigarette smoke or spices are classical trouble-makers for asthmatics.

Even though asthma isn’t thought to be a serious illness, it can have severe implications and can even cause death in more severe cases when the asthma medication is not used quickly. Scientists are striving to come up with a formula that could cure asthma, not simply alleviate the symptoms.

How to start treatment?

Before any type of asthma treatment can be worked out, it is necessary to understand the condition insofar as this is possible. As we cannot pinpoint the exact cause of any given case of asthma, we cannot devise any program of treatment that will be always effective. Some cases of asthma are caused by allergens which occur naturally in the environment, while others are brought on by pollutants which have increased in strength and frequency as modern society has become more developed. The best treatment of asthma will vary with the type of the disease and the frequency of the symptoms which are experienced, as drug treatments need to be used judiciously and kept to a minimum.

The most effective treatments

Asthma medication is oriented strictly to preventing the symptoms, it can’t do anything else. One type of pill is taken daily and is called a preventer while another is used as a shock dose just-in-case; these are called relievers as their role is mainly as a dilator, in an effort to open the bronchial tubes.

Some of the most effective ways to treat the condition will demand a severe change of lifestyle, and may not even be possible for every sufferer. If you live in an area which is known to suffer from a high level of toxic pollution, especially from heavy levels of traffic, it will benefit you greatly to move to an area which is cleaner and where the air is less polluted. Of course, practical considerations may make such a move impossible, but if there is any way to make it happen the positive effects can be permanent and long-lasting.

Healing fog is one of the most effective methods to save your life. With the help of inhalers, asthma medicine is delivered directly to the bronchi and lungs in the fastest way, which can quickly stop an asthma attack.

The aims of health treatment

The drugs and dosages are determined by the signs as well as the phase of asthma that somebody has. Following a physical examination to identify the severity of strikes along with a medical history to list potential causes, a physician will plan a long term treatment of medicines. These can be taken on a daily basis to control symptoms.

Anticholinergic asthma medicine works by blocking the creation of mucus build up in the airways. This aide your breathing by keeping a potentially dangerous situation from getting worse. When the airway becomes swollen due to irritation, mucus can cause the airways to become completely blocked, cutting off all airflow. Anticholinergic asthma medicine keeps that mucus from forming in the first place.

Can an asthma drug be combined with another asthma drug for better results?

In cases of serious asthma attacks, the physician may combine asthma drug with another to help the patient get fast relief from the symptoms. In most cases, oral drugs are combined with pulmonary aids such as inhalers to help the patient breathe easier.

How people are lied to about chronic asthma treatment

Chronic asthma is something that has been plaguing our nation and the world for the last 50 or so years. It seems as if more and more people who have been the average asthma sufferer are now turning into chronic asthma sufferers and the medication given to them just isn’t working as it should be.

When does your asthma become chronic?

For most asthma sufferers, chronic asthma would be something to the likes of not being able to walk a few steps without using their inhaler or always having to take asthma steroids in the form of an inhaler or through tablet form.

The chronic asthma treatment options out there on the market right now are your conventional asthma inhalers, steroids, preventers as well as the thousands of other drugs out there on the market.

Most people that have chronic asthma have either been smokers or have problems with their lungs, though this is a giant generalization most people who would fall under the chronic asthma level could have severe COPD or even beginning stages of emphysema.

Chronic asthma treatment tips you shouldn’t avoid:

– Eating raw foods especially dates is proven to help asthmatics.

– You should try to keep your house clean in terms of not having too much dust or animal hair around as this could and will affect your asthma condition.

– Sunlight is good for your asthma and so is fresh air provided you don’t live in a very polluted area or high pollen count area.

– You should consider doing some sort of exercise. Exercise doesn’t have to make you sweat but you could go out for a short walk even if it is just for a few meters before you need to take a rest.

– If you smoke please quit smoking – you will feel a lot better and your asthma will eventually subside as a result of this.

Potential side effects

Sadly, there are frequently unwanted effects from medicines and it is no exception. A number of people can take asthma medicine without bad effects. With others, quite a few unwanted side effects have been reported. Among those recorded are high blood pressure, bone fractures, seizures, heart failure, a feeling of panic, nausea, and vomiting to name just some. The very best policy is always to watch for side effects and tell your physician when you have some new issues.

Overall, the aim of health treatment will control asthmatic symptoms and prevent any potential future episodes. When you’ve got asthma, you have to be under the care of a physician who can monitor the different changes in the illness and treat it appropriately.

Are there alternative methods?

Sensitivity to allergins is the key to asthma. In this alternative approach, each of us has some tolerance for each of the factors in our environment. Saturation can elevate our sensitivity to (our intolerance of) some of these factors. When we go above a tolerance threshold (when we can no longer tolerate) a particular environmental factor, we start to have symptoms which we consider to be an illness.

Tolerance/intolerance threshold

Above this threshold, all of these individual sensitivity reactions begin working together to make you more sensitive. We become more sensitive to many more things. Stress makes us even more sensitive (more intolerant) to more factors. Everything we are sensitive to starts to act like a toxin in our body. Our body begins to exaggerate the reactions to any of these factors and begins to add even more factors to the list of factors which it thinks are toxins.

What can be done about this?

The first thing to do is to identify every environmental factor which the body thinks is a toxin. After all of those are identified, you eliminate all these things you cannot tolerate from your environment. This begins the process of reducing the saturation. This can be helped by applying a treatment that is determined for every one of the factors to which we are reacting. This treatment only takes a few seconds. The effect of this treatment is to temporarily raise the threshold for that particular factor in your environment. The result is that you obtain an immediate reduction in your body’s reaction to that particular factor. The accumulated effect of doing this for many of the factors causing you trouble is that you feel an immediate reduction in your symptoms.

an allergic reaction that causes asthma

What kinds of things can cause these reactions?

For everyone the list of things to which the person reacts is different. Generally, it will be things the person touches, eats, or breathes.

It could be food.

It could be household chemicals used to clean.

It could be candy or drinks.

It could be types of materials like certain plastics or types of cloth.

It could buy air fresheners or cologne.

It could be toothpaste or the bar soap or the shampoo.

For each person the list is unique. You will not find these listed in some books or web pages. You must be tested to find your unique set of toxins.

Fine-tuning

At this point, you have found some relief of your symptoms. But, many of the things you used or you ate in your normal life have been identified as part of your problem. So, you start your search for alternatives. You start a trial-&-test process to find what alternatives you can use to replace many of those things which you eliminated. Some of those things you are trying are found to be okay for you and others are identified as not good for you. Over many sessions, you will have developed an environment in which you do not react. You will have created a new environment in which you do not react. You will have made a new life for yourself without your reactions and without your symptoms.

How long does this process take?

The initial testing usually takes about an hour. The results for each item in the person’s list of environmental factors are immediate. For people with intense symptoms, they will have achieved some temporary relief by the end of this initial session to identify their own personal unique list of toxins. They get this relief because they learn and use the temporary treatment with each factor to which they have a strong reaction.

In the next week committed clients to clean their home of all the items to which they react badly. They start to feel consistently better and better. Their symptoms disappear. They have weeks without symptoms they used to have every few days. They start to have hope that they can live better than they ever dreamed.

How long does this change last?

This can continue. But, that usually, they start to feel that they have surpassed their problem, and they start to eat the foods they learned they could not tolerate. At first, there is no reaction, they do not have a return to symptoms. They begin to feel that their body has recovered, and they no longer need to restrict their life. The more they return to their old ways, the closer they approach the sensitivity threshold. When their symptoms return, they seem more severe than they remembered from the past. That is usually enough. They have learned their lesson. They return to the toxin-free life and their symptoms are gone for good.

What should I expect?

If you give more thought to the problem you realize that asthmatics depend on the treatment of symptoms. Many patients ask their doctors “How long does asthma take to cure?” First, this illness can’t be seen coming. And, due to family sensitivity, you may have an increased chance of getting it, though this is not a hard-and-fast rule. Moreover, nobody can tell how long you will suffer from it because no doctor can predict the way your immune system will develop over time. Maybe you’ll get better in several years, maybe much faster if you follow the rules and change your lifestyle for the better.


This article is written by Carl Lawyer, M.D. pulmonology and sleep medicine specialist, a general practitioner who provides a wide range of services for the treatment of lung diseases and sleep disorders. Dr. Carl Lawyer graduated from medical school at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, Colorado. He is available for inpatient and outpatient consultation on a variety of pulmonary-related issues, including acute and chronic respiratory failure, asthma, lung cancer, and COPD.

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