How to navigate life with Asthma as a respiratory challenge?

How to navigate life with Asthma as a respiratory challenge?

Living with asthma comes with its own set of challenges and unknowns but it doesn’t have to define or restrict your experiences. Regardless of how long you’ve been managing your asthma, this blog attempts to offer insightful analysis, useful advice, and asthma treatment to help you flourish in spite of the difficulties. 

How Asthma holds a tight trip to our respiratory health

Asthma, or bronchial asthma, is a chronic lung disease that affects people of all ages and is caused by inflammation and muscle tightening around the airways. It is one of the major concerns of respiratory health and that is the reason why it is imperative to understand the triggers, symptoms, and management strategies to combat Asthma and improve on the quality of life. 

Asthma is included in the WHO Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD) contributes to WHO’s work to prevent and control chronic respiratory diseases. Every year, we observe World Asthma Day on 7th May.
Based on severity and incidence of symptoms, asthma can be classified into four categories: 

  • mild intermittent
  • mild persistent
  • moderate persistent
  • severe persistent 

Asthma’s pervasive presence
The prevalence of asthma varies across

  • countries
  • geographical regions
  • ethnicities 
  • socioeconomic strata
  • climatic factors
  • places with different environmental pollutants
  • occupational roles and hereditary patterns. 

Although not contagious, asthma can develop in a patient due to genetic factors, poor immune system and exposure to specific substances.
The Indian Study on Epidemiology of Asthma, Respiratory Symptoms and Chronic Bronchitis in Adults (INSEARCH) estimated the national burden of asthma at 17.23 million with an overall prevalence of 2.05%. The Global Burden of Disease (GBD, 1990–2019) estimated the total burden of asthma in India at 34.3 million, accounting for 13.09% of the global burden.

Clearing the air on the nature of symptoms
Asthma symptoms vary from person to person and may get significantly worse over time, especially during night or exercise sessions. Common symptoms include: 

  • persistent cough
  • wheezing
  • shortness of breath
  • tightness in the chest

Asthma symptoms aggravate during cold seasons, and there are other triggers, such as:

  • viral and bacterial infections
  • increased physical activity
  • dust
  • smoke
  • fumes
  • pollen
  • animal fur
  • mites
  • mould
  • pet dander
  • pests
  • tobacco smoke
  • aspirin
  • strong soaps
  • chemicals
  • perfume
  • emotional stress

 

The severity of symptoms varies depending on the inciting factor that stimulates the release of chemicals from the immune system, such as spasmodic contraction of the smooth muscle surrounding the bronchi, swelling and inflammation of the bronchial tubes, and excessive secretion of mucus into the airways.

Manageable solutions for better breathing 

Chronic asthma treatment would require diagnosis and management of the disease, utilising the following methods: 

  • spirometry tests
  • bronchodilators
  • anti-inflammatory medicines
  • biologic therapies
  • metered-dose inhalers and nebulizers
  • oral medications
  • Peak Flow (PF) meters. 

A prolonged asthma attack that does not respond to medication is called Status Asthmaticus, and a person with this condition must be hospitalized for oxygen and other treatments.

Treatment for asthma patients would include: 

  • Inhaled Corticosteroids
  • Leukotriene Modifiers
  • Immunotherapy (Allergy Shots)
  • Long-Acting Beta Agonists (LABAs)

Are there any home remedies for asthma patients for a quick relief?
Natural, home remedies cannot give you a completely proven cure, so it is advisable that you take your regular medication. However, these can help you to some extent, in dealing with the incidence of asthma: 

  • meditation and yoga 
  • belly breathing and pursed-lip breathing 
  • warm drinks with cocoa content, green tea
  • ginger and garlic for anti-inflammatory properties 
  • turmeric for anti-allergy properties, honey
  • steam treatment to clear nasal and chest congestion 

Here are a few interesting points about asthma worth noting: 

  • Asthma is not a childhood illness that can be outgrown
  • Symptoms can change over time and may be triggered by various factors
  • Contrary to popular belief, exercise can enhance lung function, strengthen respiratory muscles, and decrease the risk of asthma attacks, but individuals with asthma should take necessary precautions before exercising, such as proper warm-ups and carrying rescue inhalers.
  • Asthma is not life-threatening, but it can be fatal if not properly managed. 
  • Although wheezing and coughing are known to be symptoms of Asthma, they can also be caused due to food-induced anaphylaxis. 
  • Annual influenza vaccination does not reduce the number or severity of asthma exacerbations during the influenza season.

How can Dr. Paul’s Fusion Homeopathy help in treating Asthma?
Dr. Paul’s innovative approach to homeopathic treatment provides natural remedies for asthma which can alleviate the complications and complexities associated with the disease, using a unique blend of traditional and modern practices. Benefits from the course of therapy would include: 

  • A holistic approach in addressing the root causes of the disease, considering the patient’s physical, emotional and genetic factors
  • Treatment and medication for asthma would be personalized, suited to an individual’s needs. 
  • The course of treatment adheres to safety standards and protocols. Natural remedies are provided, that are free from harmful side effects. This is especially helpful for young kids who are suffering from this disease. 
  •  Fusion Homeopathy works on enhancing the body’s immune system, along with its effective treatment in tackling asthma. 
  • Our homeopathic regimen not only reduces dependency on inhalers, but also minimizes the frequency and intensity of asthma attacks
  • Versatility in Dr. Paul’s treatment method successfully caters to the specific needs of people from all age groups

Patients looking for the best homeopathic treatments in kolkata for asthma can consult with our physicians on coming up with a prescribed medication for asthma and a proper bronchial asthma treatment plan.  Routine check-ups and regular monitoring is necessary to avoid asthmatic triggers and manage the severity of this chronic lung disease.