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Fight asthma with a positive mind

Although it may sound impossible, it may be difficult but not impossible to fight asthma.

Deepa Gupta | New Delhi |

Owing to the increasing pollution problem across the country, the number of people suffering from Asthma and other allergy-related problems are also increasing. If you are feeling shortness of breath, any whistling sound while breathing, chest congestion, frequent cough and cold, fatigued while doing any physical activity or restless sleep, don’t ignore these symptoms. Get yourself immediately diagnosed by an immunologist to remove the doubt of asthma.

Asthma is either an acute or a chronic airway disease in which the lungs get inflamed. The swollen airways lead to obstruction in the flow of air while breathing. The situation may worsen when the symptoms are triggered due to any reason like weather conditions, emotions (stress or excess happiness), respiratory infection, air pollution, dust, eating certain foods to which you are allergic like egg, soy or fish and certain medication. If you have a family history of asthma, you are prone to develop the disease.

Smoking, tobacco chewing, premature birth and obesity may also lead to this life threatening disease. If your job is such that you are inhaling fumes, gases, dust or other harmful substances then also you may develop asthma. When people suffering from nasal polyps, sneezing and runny nose take aspirin, they may also face breathing problem. The illness can erupt due to any reason but it should be properly diagnosed followed by a proper treatment by an immunologist to manage the condition well.

Although right consultation and treatment by a specialist doctor is mandatory, some natural treatments can also be followed for faster recovery. They are simple to do.

Heat half cup of mustard oil with two-three chunks of camphor for few minutes. Let it get cool. When you feel it comfortably warm, rub it on your chest and back thrice a day.

Crush two garlic cloves. Boil it in half cup of milk for few minutes. Let it cool. Drink every day.

Put four to five drops of eucalyptus oil in a vaporiser. Switch it on. When steam starts coming out, take deep breaths inhaling the aroma.

Mix two teaspoon of honey in three teaspoon of ginger juice. Soak two teaspoon of dried fenugreek seeds in it overnight. Consume this mixture every morning on empty stomach.

Soak three pieces of fig in one cup of water overnight. Eat the figs and drink its water on an empty stomach daily.

Few preventive measures are also required to be taken:

Get your allergy test done every six months.

Get immunized for influenza every season.

Stay away from tobacco and smoking.

Stay away from dust, polluted air and any kind of smoke be it from a fire place or wood burning.

Eat healthy food cooked in minimum oil. Oil is highly injurious for airways.

Do deep breathing exercises daily, inhaling fresh air.

If you feel any of the symptoms, get a timely diagnose done followed by correct treatment.

According to Dr Prashant Bhatt, Consultant Internal Medicine Columbia Asia Hospital, Patiala, this season may witness a rise of 15-20 per cent of new asthmatic cases. He also said that the current food habits of people are loaded with preservatives and the ongoing examination season is developing stress especially among the children. According to him these two things are triggering the problem.

Although difficult, it is not impossible. Be positive. Treat asthma and be cured of the illness. Be optimistic to overcome the danger with a combined effort of right and timely diagnose, right medication, natural home remedies and a healthy lifestyle.