A chronic disease, asthma is related to problems in the respiratory system. Asthma is an ancient Greek word, which means 'panting or short drawn breath'. Age is not a factor for this disease, as it can affect young and old alike. Asthma causes shortness of breath, constriction of the airways, coughing, wheezing and excess mucus in the air way. In this condition, a foreign body enters the windpipe and causes partial blockage or irritation. An allergic condition, it is triggered by exposure to an allergen, environmental or tobacco smoke, cold or warm air, perfume, pet dander, moist air, exercise or exertion, emotional stress, etc.
Causes of Asthma
Following are the major asthma causes:
Allergy from particular weather condition
Allergy from some specific food, drugs and perfumes
Allergies to dust
Presence of sulfites in food
Symptoms of Asthma
Chin or throat itches
Dark circles under eyes
Trouble in sleeping
Poor tolerance of exercise
Difficulty in talking or concentrating
Decrease or change in lung function
Home remedies for Asthma
Prevention of acute episodes and stopping those that may occur, asthma can be controlled. Besides medication:
Stay away from substances that cause asthma attacks.
Do not panic during an attack.
Use a peak-flow meter to monitor your lung capacity. 2 days before actual asthma symptom airflow drops, you can get to know the actual symptom of asthma before hand. More on asthma in elder
How can one prevent Asthma?
Exercising regularly will strengthen your lungs. But consult a doctor before that.
Cover your nose and mouth with a scarf during cold weather (it can trigger asthma attack), so that the air that you breathe in is warm and filtered.
Note all the factors that are responsible for your asthma attacks and keep away from them.
The amount of dust at home can be reduced considerably with regular vacuum
To maintain hydration and to loosen airway secretions, drink at-least 8 glasses of water a day
Quit smoking and avoid secondary smoke.
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