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What Is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that affects the airway of the lungs (the tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs). The disease is characterized by irreversible airway obstruction and causes sudden episodes of difficulty in breathing.  

What Triggers An Asthma?

  • Most commonly caused due to an allergic reaction or due to hypersensitivity towards an external agent.
  • Family history of the disease or any allergic problems or rhinitis (hay fever)
  • Excessive exposure to environmental factors such as exposure to allergens, cigarette smoke, seasonal infections such as viral respiratory illnesses
  • Regular intake of medications such as NSAIDS

How Would You Know If You Have Asthma?

  • In case you have asthma, you will have persistent cough that may be accompanied by phlegm. The cough often worsens at night and morning hours.
  • Wheezing (a whistling sound during breathing) is considered as a classic symptom of asthma.
  • You may also complain of chest tightness and shortness of breath.

What Should You Do In Case Asthma Worsens?

  • In case, the asthma worsens and you are unable to breathe properly, do not panic. Visit a doctor without any delay.
  • The doctor may ask you if you have family history of the disease and shall ask you to get investigations done to validate the presence of the disease.

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • There is no specific cure for asthma. All available treatments are focused to reduce the severity of the disease.
  • Identify and avoid your asthma triggers. These generally include allergens, air pollution, tobacco smoke, strong smells and dust.
  • Available treatment options include, quick relief (which shall provide instant relief from symptoms) and long term medications (which shall prevent the further aggravation of the disease).

Are There Any Natural Remedies For Asthma?

You can try these effective natural remedies to ease your symptoms and to speed up your recovery:
1. Ginger
Ingredients: Ginger Water
Ways to Use:

To a cup of water, add sliced ginger and boil. Let it steep for 5 minutes and drink the water once it cools a bit. Consume this mixture once or twice a day

2. Turmeric
Ingredients: Turmeric Milk
Ways to Use:

To a glass of warm milk add one teaspoon of turmeric and boil. Drink this two to three times a day

3. Amla
Ingredients: Amla (Powdered/ sliced)
Ways to Use:

Swallow one teaspoon of amla powder or slice an amla into pieces and have every morning on an empty stomach

4. Massage With Essential Oils
Ingredients: Mustard Oil,Camphor, Eucalyptus Oil
Ways to Use:

If you have asthma, massage the oils on the chest and upper back and repeat this 3-4 times a day.

So, if you or anyone in your family has symptoms of asthma it is best to get to see a doctor at the earliest before it worsens. Once a diagnosis has been established, make sure that you stick to your treatment and avoid asthma triggers.

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