Asthma is perilously increased, especially among children. More than 10 million Americans suffer from this disease. Some experts believe environmental pollution is to be blamed, but whatever the cause, deaths from asthma continue to mount at an alarming rate, largely because many susceptible people don’t recognize the warning signs in time to take action.
Those having a first asthma attack are not always familiar with the symptoms. These can include, Wheezing, coughing, tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, faster heart rate, feverish feeling, and dryness of mouth.
Vitamins and Herbs for Asthma Treatments
You can take Vitamin A, Vitamin B-complex, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, DHEA, Ginkgo biloba, Hydrochloric acid, Magnesium.
Garlic: one tablet after each meal, strong anti-inflammatory agent.
Licorice root: 200 mg three times daily, Loosens phlegm
Tylophora asthmatic: 120 mg daily, Blocks the release of histamines and other inflammatories.
How to Manage Asthma
Asthma sufferers have numerous treatment options available. As a general rule, the primary method for controlling asthma involves the taking of drugs — both inhaled and inhaled drugs are the preferred solutions in most instances because they reach the airways more quickly. These drugs are designed to relax the bronchial muscles. In addition to bronchodilator therapy, many physicians also prescribe drugs to suppress the persistent inflammation, which is often present in the lining of the airways of asthmatics (Note: Frequently, this step involves using inhaled steroids).
Although drugs are often helpful, asthma sufferers should remember that they can take additional concrete steps to help alleviate the condition. At the least, they should avoid those factors (as much as possible) that cause asthmatic symptoms to occur. They should also consider adhering to the following tips:
- Use a peak flow meter. A relatively inexpensive device, this apparatus measures how fast air expelled from the lungs. A precipitous drop (e.g., more than 10%) may be the signal of an increased level of airflow resistance.
- Use a spacer to ensure that inhaled medicine reaches the lungs and does not land on the roof or the back of the throat. Attached to an inhaler, a spacer provides for better, more efficient medicine inhalation by suspending medicine. Suspension increases the opportunity to inhale.
- Adhere to the recommended dosage of medicine. Excessive medication can produce unwanted side effects (e.g., dizziness)
- Drink water, after you use your inhaler to clear the back of your throat of medicine.
- Check air quality daily. Know what to do about various pollutants and pollens.
- Use a mask or scarf to cover the nose and throat in cold weather.
- Stay well hydrated. Mucus plug-in can result from an inadequate level of fluid intake.
- Be sensitive to food-related asthma problems. Foodstuffs (e.g., celery, carrots, peanuts, egg whites, bananas, shrimp) have been known to increase the likelihood and severity of asthmatic attacks in individuals. Avoid sugar and other refined carbohydrates. Eat a high protein, low carbohydrates diets that include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- In an emergency, use over-the-counter inhaled asthma medications when your regular medication is not available.