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Asthma: Comparison Between Modern and Ayurvedic Approach

Dr. Charminder Kaur

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Self Management

1. Do not neglect a common cold or any infection of the respiratory system and do not go near persons having any respiratory infection.
2. Do not self-medicate.
3. Ensure that there is adequate ventilation in your room or in your working place.
4. Do not go near dusty and polluted surfaces.
5. Do not smoke and do not go near persons who are smoking.
6. Do not stay in your home when it is being painted. Allow enough time for the paint to dry.
7. Do not keep pets at home.
8. Encase your mattresses and pillows and dust them regularly.
9. Avoid pillows, beddings and furniture stuffed with silky fibres.
10. Avoid perfumes, perfumed cosmetics, incense sticks, mosquito coils and things with a strong odor.
11. Once a particular food has been identified as an asthma trigger, you should avoid it.
12. Do not eat a large meal, especially at night, which may leave you feeling too full and short of breath.
13. Eat a balanced diet and drink warm fluids like soups, warm milk.
14. Avoid Chinese foods, artificially flavoured foods such as jellies, pastries, chocolates, desserts and chilled cold drinks.
15. Do not eat nuts and deep fried foods.

Asthma Attack

During an asthma attack the muscles surrounding the air passages in the lungs go into spasm, their lining swells and excessive mucus is produced. These changes combine to narrow the airways, making breathing difficult. People with asthma should always carry prescribed medication to relieve an attack at the first warning.

Symptoms and Signs

  • Difficult or noisy breathing
  • Rapid, shallow breaths
  • Paleness, sweating
  • Difficulty in talking and moving
  • Wheezing with each breath
  • Distress bad fright evident in the \sufferer
  • Blueness of lips and confusion

Warning

The seriousness of an attack may be difficult to assess, so prompt action should always be taken. Sometimes an asthma attack is sudden and severe. Occasionally it is life threatening and first aid may be urgently needed. Note that wheezy breathing does not occur in all asthma attacks.

Action

  • Help the affected person to sit in a quiet, warm place away from other people and with arms resting on a table.
  • Have the person take the prescribe medication or puff from a bronchodilator.
  • Wait 4 minutes, then if there is no improvement give 4 more puffs and contact a doctors.
  • If there is still no improvement for if the person’s condition deteriorates suddenly, call an ambulance immediately. If improvement is evident the person should rest until fully recovered.

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