Asthma99
Asthma

Overview

Experiencing episodes of breathlessness and/or shortness of breath and/or whistling-wheezy sound in chest on breathing? You may have asthma!

Asthma is a chronic condition with inflammation of airways (bronchial tubes) that narrows, swell and produce extra mucus. This makes breathing difficult and trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath, especially when exposed to a substance the person is sensitive to or an event that changes their breathing pattern.

Asthma may be a minor life disturbance but for some people can be a major problem interfering with daily life activities. Asthma is not a term for episode or attacks, actually asthma is always there, but the symptoms may not appear until triggered by something that provokes a response in the body.

Asthma can be clinically cured/cared & controlled upto 99%; apparently asthma free with holistic healthful treatment and management. Patho-physiology of asthma often changes over time, thus it's important to work with your healer to keep track of asthma signs-n-symptoms; for customized treatment as needed.

Presentation: allergic asthma - caused by exposure to an allergen and non-allergic asthma - caused by stress, exercise, infections, extreme weather or some medications.

Chronic asthma condition may result significant stress and in a few depression, as a cause of absence from work/school, affect a person’s livelihood, education and emotional well-being.

Asthma in Children

Airways (bronchial tubes) in infants, toddlers and preschoolers are already small and narrow, any cold, cough, flu or other illnesses can inflame these airways, making them even smaller and more irritated. The symptoms of asthma in children can range from a nagging cough present for days or weeks to sudden breathing emergencies.

Child might have only one of these symptoms or several of them. If the symptoms recur, that’s a clue that child might have asthma.

Asthma Classification - Clinical

  • Mild intermittent: Mild symptoms up to two days a week and up to two nights a month
  • Mild persistent: Symptoms more than twice a week, but no more than once in a single day
  • Moderate persistent: Symptoms once a day and more than one night a week
  • Severe persistent: Symptoms throughout the day on most days and frequently at night

Risk Factors

  • Family history of asthma.
  • Having another allergic condition - atopic dermatitis or allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
  • Obesity - overweight
  • Smoking history – active or passive.
  • Exposure to exhaust fumes or other types of pollution
  • Exposure to occupational triggers, such as chemicals used in farming, hairdressing and manufacturing
  • Urbanization is very closely correlated with an increase in asthma

Sign & Symptoms

  • Coughing – more at night, laughing, exercising,
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Whistling - Wheezing sound in chest
  • Difficult breathing or fast breathing causing the skin around the ribs or neck to pull in tightly
  • Frequent colds that settle in the chest

Asthma Triggers

  • Allergens – pollens, pet dander, dust mites, mold, perfumes, animal fur/urine,
  • Certain drugs and food additives
  • Air Irritants - smoke, chemical fumes, strong odors
  • Respiratory tract infections – flu, cold-cough
  • Exercise induced bronchoconstriction
  • Stress – physical & mental
  • Psycho-somatic – emotional or spiritual trauma
  • Psycho-somatic – emotional or spiritual trauma
  • Extreme Weather conditions and high altitude

When to Visit Doctor

  • Suspected asthma: Any frequent coughing or wheezing that lasts more than a few days or any other signs & symptoms of asthma, calls for doctor visit. Early treatment may prevent long-term lung damage and reduce chances of disease getting worse over time.
  • Tracking Asthma: in case of diagnosed asthma, work with your doctor to keep it under control. Root-level long-term treatment plan helps you feel better every day and can also prevent a life-threatening asthma attack.
  • Aggravated symptoms: Visit doctor if medication doesn't seem to ease symptoms or if you need to use quick-relief inhaler more often. Don't try self-medication or over medication.
  • Review of treatment plan: Patho-physiology of asthma often changes over time, thus it's important to work with your healer to keep track of asthma signs-n-symptoms; for customized treatment as needed.

Before visiting Dr. Mayur Jain

  • First appointment is usually a detailed one; there are a lot of health aspects to be covered, be well-prepared. Observe the following tips to be ready and to make the most out for your healthful consultation.
  • Write any and every sign-n-symptoms you're observing or sensing, including those that may seem unrelated to the chief complaint(s).
  • Write when your symptoms get aggravated — certain times of the day, seasons, or when you're exposed to a specific condition or event; both physical & mental.
  • Write major stresses, disturbing emotional impressions or life changes, which may seems associated with your complaints.
  • List of all medications, addictive’s, habits, herbs, vitamins and supplements that you're taking.
  • If possible come with a family member or friend, to help you recall past health/medical info and that you missed or forgot.
  • Write questions you want to ask Dr. Mayur Jain – Health Education & awareness is the foundation for the 99% success of treatment.

Asthma Test/Diagnosis

  • Auscultation/Physical examination.
  • Lung (pulmonary) function test – Peak Flow Meter test.
  • Spirometry: a test measuring how much air one can blow out into a machine called a spirometer. Results are compared with the average predicted for one’s age, height and sex as these factor changes the lung capacity. Amount of air blown out in one second divided by the total amount of air blown out in one breath is called FEV1:FVC ratio. A low value indicates narrowed airways which are typical in asthma. Therefore, Spirometry needs to be repeated during/after treatment.
  • Chest X-Ray.
  • Blood diagnostics and allergy tests.
  • Others as needed.

Treatment Plan by Asthma99

  • Detailed analysis of current in-total health status, esp. lungs health because it presents as a mix of spasm of the muscular airways and/or bronchi inflammation and/or increased mucus production and/or allergic in origin. Right analysis with targeted treatment is followed for best results.
  • Lung health restoration focus on areas that relaxes airways & muscles that are in spasm, healing the inflammation & extra mucus production, along with balancing immunity and health stamina to fight infections, allergies & daily stress.
  • Treating underline cause(s) – Preventive & Prophylactic Root-level individualized safe medication with no-known side effects, natural, holistic, no dependency and gentle on in-total health economy.
  • No palliative approach – short relief with lifelong pain, except in acute exacerbation or medical emergency.
  • Boosting multi-dimensional health for optimum immunity and harmonious strength & functioning at all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
  • Restoring nutritional imbalance in body by use of natural sources and/or supplements and/or herbs.
  • Nutrients that optimize the health of respiratory system are antioxidants, vitamins B6 - B12 – C – D – E – etc., beta-carotene and minerals like magnesium, selenium, molybdenum, etc.
  • Strengthen the nervous system and calming adrenal functions to handle stress and reduce emotional triggers.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids relaxes an over sensitive immune system and lubricates the airways & air sacs in our lungs.
  • Learning to identify and treat attack early. Follow prescription religiously.
  • Keeping record of quick-relief inhaler use and being alert to increase in its use/dependency.
  • Breathing exercises – asympathetic & rhythmic, for improving lungs function.
  • Understanding the risk/triggering factors and avoiding them.
  • Air Hygiene – using air conditioners, air purifiers, air humidity, good ventilation, air changers, ozonizing,
  • Lifestyle Hygiene - Decontamination of décor, prevent mold spores, reduce pet dander, avoid strong perfumes; fragrance; odors, understanding and avoiding allergic food & drinks,
  • Optimum Health Vision: regular open air exercises, vacations, meditations, rest, fun, love, tender care, gratitude, SMILE,

Conventional Treatment

Conventional treatment medicines can offer reasonable control on asthma. Bronchodilator inhalers are designed to act by relaxing muscles of the airways to widen it & improve air flow. There are also steroid inhalers which act by reducing the inflammation keeping airway tunnel nice and wide. If you are already on conventional medicine I would strongly recommend that you do not stop or alter medication without deciding this together with a doctor. Stopping medication can result in a flaring up of the asthma and this may be confused with a homeopathic aggravation, or worse, it could be potentially very serious.

The side effects of bronchodilators are generally mild and steroids used short term may cause no problems but the long term or large dose use of steroids including inhaled dosage may lead to potential problems.

Initially holistic treatment can be administered alongside conventional treatment but eventually with optimum holistic root-level cure & care we can reduce and even wean off the conventional medicine usage.

Prevalence

Millions of people both children & adults; suffers from these respiratory (lung) diseases in the India. Studies suggest that prevalence of asthma in people over 15 years of age is approx. 2.4% and of COPD in the people over 35 years of age is approx. 4.1% (INSEARCH Phase 1).

Asthma is among the most common chronic childhood illnesses, resulting in many missed school days for children and many lost workdays for adults. In India has an estimated 15-20 million asthmatics, In USA about 14 million Americans see a doctor for asthma, 1.4 million patients visit a hospital outpatient department; almost 1.75 million go to a hospital emergency room.

The number of people diagnosed with asthma is increasing every year. Researchers estimate asthma-related costs, including the direct cost of health care and indirect costs such as decreased worker productivity, at around $60 billion annually.

WHO – Facts

Between 100 and 150 million people around the globe - roughly the equivalent of the population of the Russian Federation - suffer from asthma and this number is rising. World-wide, deaths from this condition have reached over 180,000 annually.
  • Around 8% of the Swiss population suffers from asthma as against only 2% some 25-30 years ago.
  • In Germany, there are an estimated 4 million asthmatics.
  • In Western Europe as a whole, asthma has doubled in ten years, according to the UCB Institute of Allergy in Belgium.
  • In the United States, the number of asthmatics has leapt by over 60% since the early 1980s and deaths have doubled to 5,000 a year.
  • There are about 3 million asthmatics in Japan of whom 7% have severe and 30% have moderate asthma.
  • In Australia, one child in six under the age of 16 is affected.
  • Asthma is not just a public health problem for developed countries. In developing countries, however, the incidence of the disease varies greatly.
  • India has an estimated 15-20 million asthmatics.
  • In the Western Pacific Region of WHO, the incidence varies from over 50% among children in the Caroline Islands to virtually zero in Papua New Guinea.
  • In Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru and Uruguay, prevalence of asthma symptoms in children varies from 20% to 30%.
  • In Kenya, it approaches 20%.
  • In India, rough estimates indicate a prevalence of between 10% and 15% in 5-11 year old children.

Asthma Guidelines - NHLBI 2007

In 2007, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute/ National Asthma Education and Prevention Program updated earlier guidelines, with an emphasis on asthma control.

For asthma severity guidelines, download the guide(s) below:

View the complete NHLBI/NAEPP Guidelines. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/files/docs/guidelines/asthsumm.pdf

2007 NHLBI/NAEPP Guidelines at a Glance: http://college.acaai.org/sites/default/files/AZnhlbiGuidelines.pdf
Contains management tables by asthma severity and age at diagnosis, treatment of childhood and adult asthma. Content published by Astra Zeneca.