Asthma Can Make Breathing Difficult! Breathe free with Ayurveda!
Asthma is a lifelong disease that affects your lungs. When you have asthma, the airways that carry air in and out of your lungs are affected. They become inflamed, narrowed and the membranes in your airway linings may secrete excess mucus. This can result in cough, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. Symptoms of asthma may occur rarely or even every day and can range in severity from minor inconveniences to life threatening attacks.
The causes of asthma are unknown, but it’s commonly believed to be due to a combination of environmental and genetic factors.
Common Signs and Symptoms of Asthma
- Shortness of breath
- Cough with or without phlegm
- Chest tightness or pain
- Whistling sound or wheezing while breathing
- Trouble sleeping due to asthma symptoms
Causes of Asthma
The exact cause of asthma isn’t clear, but it’s commonly believed that asthma is caused by a combination of environmental and inherited (genetic) factors. Asthma often happens when your immune system strongly reacts to an allergen (allergens are substances in the environment to which your body reacts).
In fact, the genes associated with the immune system determine how your body reacts to different environmental substances. These genes can cause a stronger reaction in the airways in some people, leading to the onset of asthma. Viral infections in infancy or early childhood, when the immune system is still developing, can also give rise to asthma.
If you have asthma, exposure to various irritants and substances that trigger allergies (allergens) can set off or worsen your asthma symptoms. Asthma triggers can vary from person to person and can include:
- Airborne allergens, such as pollen, mold, dust mites, pet dander or fur, waste from pests such as cockroaches and mice.
- Food and food additives
- Respiratory infections, such as the common cold, flu etc.
- Cold air
- Air pollutants and irritants, such as smoke
- Certain medicines
- Strong emotions and stress
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which stomach acids back up into your throat
Who is at risk for asthma?
Asthma affects people of all ages, but it often starts during childhood. Certain factors can raise your risk of having asthma, which include:
- Having a family history, such as having a parent or sibling.
- Being a smoker.
- Exposure to secondhand smoke during pregnancy or in a child’s first few years increases the risk of the child developing asthma early in life.
- Being overweight or obese
- Exposure to occupational triggers, such as chemical irritants or industrial dust can increase risk in people who are susceptible.
- Having other allergic conditions, such as atopic dermatitis (eczema) or allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
- Exposure to viral respiratory infections in infancy or early childhood.
Complications of asthma
Asthma complications include:
- Decreased ability to exercise and take part in other activities
- Poor sleep.
- A permanent narrowing of the tubes that carry air to and from your lungs (bronchial tubes)
- Persistent cough
- Side effects from long-term use of some medications used to treat severe asthma
There is currently no cure for asthma in modern medicine. However, current treatments help to keep symptoms under control for most people.
Asthma is genetic; however, environmental factors play a part too. Children who have parents with asthma are more likely to have the condition.
Untreated asthma can lead to an increased risk of scarring of the lungs, resulting in permanent damage to your lungs and airways.
Asthma can be fatal if left untreated, especially if it’s severe.
Severe asthma attacks can be a life-threatening condition where there is a sudden worsening of asthma symptoms. This can prevent you from getting enough oxygen into your lungs.
At UWAY, we treat all types of Asthma cases except for emergency conditions like status asthmaticus.
The treatment regimen for asthma at UWAY involves a combination of time tested, safe, effective ayurvedic oral medicines, lifestyle modifications, dietary restrictions, and the practice of Pranayama yoga.
Asthma in younger patients is generally cured by following the treatment regimen for Asthma at Uway. However, in cases of long-time chronic Asthma, the UWAY treatment provides excellent disease control and better quality of life.
Yes, you can take the ayurvedic medicines prescribed for asthma by UWAY along with other allopathic medications or treatment. For example, you can take allopathic tablets or inhalers, when you experience an acute attack of asthma when you are taking the Uway Ayurvedic medications for Asthma
Ayurvedic medications prescribed from UWAY can be taken with your existing medications for asthma. For example, you can take allopathic tablets or inhalers, when you experience an acute attack of asthma. However, it is always good to discuss the existing medications that you are already on with your treating doctor at UWAY.
Ayurveda medications are usually a very safe and effective option for treating asthma.
At UWAY, our doctors prescribe only proven medicines from well-established and reputed ayurvedic medicine manufacturers. However, just like certain foods do not always agree with everyone, few ayurvedic medicines may cause mild side effects in some patients. This is very rare though. In case you notice any such issue you can always talk to your consulting doctor or our medical team.
Consultations at UWAY can last anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes.
We require most of the medical records related to the current problem, the medicines you are on currently and for pre-existing conditions for diabetes, hypertension, thyroid, cardiac issues etc.
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