In summers, asthma patients are more prone to infection, dust, husk and pollens and should protect themselves from these factors.
Asthma is a chronic disease that causes episodes of difficult breathing. It is due to the constriction of the muscles surrounding the airways and inflammation, soreness, swelling, and irritation of the airways in the lungs. Though most attacks are generally short lived, sometimes serious conditions occur in which severe asthma is unrelieved for many hours or even days.
Asthma may actually be worse during the summer. Therefore, it is important to pay extra attention to control it. During summer, one has to work closely with the doctor to learn what to do, staying away from things that bother your airways, taking medicines as directed by your doctor.
There are a number of things that can bring about or worsen asthma symptoms. Asthma requires more of a management schedule as per demand than a pre-planned course of action as there is no well-defined cure, so to say. People with persistent asthma need long-term control medicines.
In summers, asthmatic patients are more prone to infection, dust, husk and pollens and should protect themselves from these factors. The patient has to be very careful against the allergic factors.
You have to be wary of the following to keep asthma in control during summer.
- Allergens found in dust, animal fur, cockroaches, mold, and pollens from trees, grasses and flowers.
- Irritants such as cigarette smoke, air pollution, chemicals or dust in the workplace, compounds in home décor products and sprays (such as hairspray).
- Sulfites in foods and drinks.
- Viral upper respiratory infections such as colds.
Homeopathy may not easily control acute attacks, which are better taken care of by conventional medicines. But it is said that those who do not take homeopathy for asthma are deprived of the wonderful benefits of it.
- Reduce frequency of asthmatic attacks.
- Reduce severity of asthmatic attacks.
- Reduce duration of attacks.
- Reduce need for bronchodilators, cortisone and antibiotic (in case of infections).
Ayurveda for Asthma
Ayurvedic approach to control asthma is based on balancing the three elements – air, fire and water.
Air element – It is for the dry type asthma. Dry type asthma is usually affects those who are thin, frail and who have dry skin and constipation and are sensitive to cold climates.
Asthma patients should perform deep breathing exercises daily and can add a few spices to their diets to help keep their chests clear. Ginger, turmeric, black pepper cumin can be ground together and mixed with honey to create a paste.
Fire element – It is for the infection type asthma. Infection type asthma is common in those who are prone to infection in general, who have red rashes on the skin or psoriasis and who are prone to bronchitis.
One should drink plenty of water and avoid eating after 10 pm. Eating late in the night can cause the accumulation of toxins in the body due to improper digestion. One should also avoid deep fried foods, exertion in cold or heat and should try to eat more fruits and vegetables rather than meats and dairy. A person prone to infection type asthma should try to ingest more turmeric, Echinacea in the form of tea and dandelion to prevent infections and boost the immune system.
Water type – It is for the congestion type asthma. Congestive type asthma is usually found in those who are heavier in body weight, big boned, prone to colds and sinus congestion or chest congestion and water retention and are sensitive to cold and humid climates.
One should avoid dairy, wheat products, refined sugar and excess sweet, sour and salty foods. Massaging the chest and back with mustard oil can help to promote circulation in the chest. People who are prone to this type of asthma should exercise daily and try to do some cardio exercise for fifteen minutes per day. They should keep the head and chest covered on cool days and also avoids walking in the rain.
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