Have you ever had such a hard time catching your breath that you became dizzy, flushed, and started to perspire? It’s a scary feeling – isn’t it? What you may have experienced is an asthma attack If you’re one of the 20.5 million Americans suffering from asthma, you may be able to lessen your symptoms – or even eliminate them altogether. Let’s take a look . . .
Have you ever had such a hard time catching your breath that you became dizzy, flushed and started to perspire – and I’m not talking about after a hard workout, but just while performing everyday activities? It’s a scary feeling – isn’t it?
What you may have experienced is an asthma attack. Whether you’ve dealt with asthma for most of your life, or just recently developed asthma, you are certainly not alone. In fact 20.5 million Americans are currently diagnosed with asthma.
With so many people suffering from this condition, it might seem like there is nothing to be done to help it. But there are ways to lessen the symptoms of asthma, and even eliminate asthma altogether in some individuals. Read on for more details . . .
Asthma describes the inflammation of the airways which can cause wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightening and coughing. When an asthma attack occurs, the muscles in your airway tighten which can cause a dangerous situation for some people.
While allergies can be passed through generations, many people who develop asthma have no known triggers and no known family history. Most Asthma is treatable through natural and prescription drug methods. Understanding asthma, its symptoms and the treatment options that are available will help you to manage the condition for yourself or a loved one.
Is Poor Diet to Blame?
There are some medical professionals who believe that the increases in asthma in the U.S. could be caused from the lack of nutrition in the average diet. People are eating less and less fruits and vegetables in their diets and are increasing their intakes of processed foods. Several research studies show that there is a link between poor dietary habits and asthma.
Maybe mom was right all those years . . . you really do need your veggies!
Asthma has several common symptoms, such as wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. Wheezing is the most recognizable symptom of asthma. Wheezing typically beings suddenly and can be relieved with a prescribed inhaler. Wheezing can worsen during certain times of the day, in cold climates and can come in episodes. These are common symptoms that usually subside in a short amount of time. Signs of a more serious condition include difficulty breathing, bluish color, a rapid pulse, sweating and a decreased level of alertness
There are many causes for asthma in the body. Some common triggers include pet dander, dust mites, allergens, mold and pollen. Asthma can also be caused following a respiratory infection, excessive exercise, in cold air climates, with stress, when in contact with a food allergen and around air pollutants. Smoking is a common trigger of asthma and should also be avoided.
If you have asthma, cough medicines, aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs can cause your condition to worsen. Many of these triggers can be avoided with the simple awareness of your environment.
Pharmacy drug that make you feel worse
A drug prescribed for asthma treatment could be worse than a placebo, according to a recent report. The asthma drug, Accolate (zafirlukast), shows benefits for the first five weeks, and then becomes ineffective. Within seven weeks, the drug becomes completely ineffective and asthma symptoms worsen upon withdrawal of the drug.
These are results from an Australian study that was published in the Journal of Negative Results in BioMedicine.
Why was this drug approved for asthma treatment?
Studies that have been conducted prior to this Australian study were based on shorter periods of time. According to the report, the studies “have been undertaken over short periods of six weeks or less, which may not have allowed sufficient time for tolerance . . . to develop or be recognized.”
What are the side effects of Accolate?
- Churg-Strauss Syndrome (vasculitis of the lungs)
- Hepatitis and other liver disease
The FDA only requires a drug that is to be prescribed for long term use be tested a minimum of six weeks for asthma treatment. Unfortunately, this drug has since been proven to offer no long term benefits and can actually cause damage to the liver.
The FDA should consider other measurements for testing the effectiveness of long term drugs. If a longer study would have been done, Accolate would have been proven to be ineffective from the very start.
Asthma Treatment Options
Most asthma treatment options are designed to minimize the discomfort and inconvenience that are associated with the common symptoms. The most commonly prescribed asthma medications are inhaled steroids, bronchodilators, asthma inhalers and nebulizers.
There are some natural treatment options available that can enhance your overall health and decrease your asthma symptoms. There has been some evidence that a diet rich in Vitamins C, E, beta carotene, flavonoids, magnesium, selenium and Omega-3 Fatty acids can decrease the effects of asthma. Many of these nutrients act as antioxidants which can protect your cells from damage. The anti-inflammatory agents help to reduce the irritation in the airways. These nutrients can be added into your daily diet with the addition of capsules, tablets and by eating enough foods that are rich in them.
With the evidence that supports the importance of a healthy diet in the prevention of asthma, it is critical to supplement your diet with valuable nutrient supplements. Understanding asthma, its symptoms and the treatment options will help aid in its prevention and in the reduction of its symptoms.
Now that you’re armed with the above asthma facts and figures, you’ll be better prepared for your next asthma encounter. Breathe on, people, breathe on!