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Top Home Remedies for Asthma

The symptoms of asthma can be debilitating for sufferers of this frustrating condition, whether you face asthma daily or in certain circumstances, like exercising or encountering irritants at the workplace or outside. Difficulty breathing, frequent coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath can be a nuisance – or, in more severe cases, can even trigger a life-threatening asthma attack. While there is no cure for asthma, which causes the airways to narrow, swell, and increase mucus production, there are ways to manage even the most persistent symptoms.

 

Many people treat their asthma with inhalers that contain anti-inflammatory drugs or oral medications, but there are often side effects that go along with these pharmacological solutions that can be even worse than the asthma symptoms they are used to treat. Fortunately, there are some home remedies to treat asthma that have proven quite effective, and can help keep asthma symptoms at bay.

 

Ginger

Adding ginger powder to your food, taking a ginger supplement, or even drinking ginger tea can provide a number of benefits to asthma sufferers. This home remedy works because of the potent antioxidants found in ginger, which can provide anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that are comparable to non-steroid anti-inflammatory medications. Ginger can also enhance bronchodilation, which can make breathing much easier for people struggling with asthma symptoms.

 

Buteyko breathing

Mouth breathing can aggravate the symptoms of asthma, but when you’re feeling congested, it’s hard to breathe through your nose. However, the Buteyko breathing method can help transition you back to nasal breathing. Practicing these techniques can help reduce asthma symptoms and even help sufferers facing a potential asthma attack to bring their breathing back to normal. Correct breathing is important for many reasons, and can be learned by incorporating the Buteyko techniques.

 

Eucalyptus

Many medications used to treat coughs and colds actually contain eucalyptus or eucalyptus oil, which can help relieve congestion and loosen phlegm – which can both reduce symptoms in asthma sufferers. You can use eucalyptus oil to create a healing steam in a steam shower or just a hot bathroom to ease breathing and clear nasal passages, or use fresh leaves in a gargle to soothe throat irritations and reduce inflammation in the neck and chest. You can also find eucalyptus in ointments and rubs, teas, and lozenges.

 

Honey

Honey is one of the most powerful home remedies you can use in your battle against asthma symptoms. Combined with other ingredients like water, cinnamon, lemon juice, milk, or turmeric, you can create some potent treatments to address a variety of symptoms – clearing out excess mucus, opening up the airways, and even preventing the growth of bacteria and fungus that could live in your respiratory system. Honey also helps strengthen the immune system, fighting off other infections that could exacerbate your asthma symptoms.

 

Steam

Sitting in a steam shower, sauna, or even just a hot bathroom can help loosen the mucus that can build up in your chest. The heat and moisture combined work to ease breathing difficultly, relieve congestion, and open tightened airways to help asthma sufferers avoid asthma attacks and feel a little more comfort. While vaporisers are often used by individuals with asthma or other respiratory issues, cold air isn’t as effective as the warm steam from a steam shower. If you find this provides sufficient relief, you might consider installing a steam shower in your own home for more frequent treatments.

 

Fish oil

Whether you consume fish oil by eating salmon, tuna, sardines, other products high in omega-3 fatty acids, or by taking a fish oil supplement, you will see a reduction in your asthma symptoms as a result. These products can limit the body’s production of IgE, which are antibodies that can cause your allergic reactions or asthma symptoms. However, if you are treating your asthma with corticosteroids, this medication will block the beneficial effects of supplementing with fish oil.

 

Using these home remedies can help minimize your asthma symptoms, but if you find that your asthma is not improving or even getting worse, it might be time to see your doctor and look at alternative treatments. However, most asthma sufferers will be able to find relief by incorporating one or two of these top home remedies into their treatment program.

 

Identifying Allergic Asthma Triggers

Identifying Allergic Asthma TriggersIdentifying Allergic Asthma Triggers

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Preventing Asthma Attacks in Children

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Natural Remedies For Asthma

Natural Remedies For AsthmaNatural Remedies For Asthma

 

Looking for natural remedies for asthma? Here are some of the most effective remedies that you can actually try at home.

 

These remedies are provided by Top10HomeRemedies: Continue reading

Asthma Symptoms in Children

Asthma Symptoms in ChildrenAsthma Symptoms in Children

 

Asthma, while common, is one condition that parents need to be wary about. There have been many instances of death caused by asthma, which makes it a dangerous condition especially if left untreated. Adults often fare better since they do know whenever they are suffering from an attack and can act quickly. Children on the other hand need to be closely monitored since they may not always know that they need immediate medical care.

 

According to Mayo Clinic, some of the common childhood asthma signs and symptoms include:

 

  • Frequent, intermittent coughing
  • A whistling or wheezing sound when exhaling
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest congestion or tightness
  • Chest pain, particularly in younger children

 

Other signs and symptoms of childhood asthma include:

 

  • Trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing
  • Bouts of coughing or wheezing that get worse with a respiratory infection, such as a cold or the flu
  • Delayed recovery or bronchitis after a respiratory infection
  • Trouble breathing that may limit play or exercise
  • Fatigue, which can be caused by poor sleep

 

Source: Mayo Clinic

 

While asthma may be controlled, worse things may happen especially when it comes to children. There is a tendency of an asthma attack whenever the signs and symptoms aren’t noticed.

 

Based on an article published in NHS, a severe asthma attack usually develops slowly, taking 6 to 48 hours to become serious. However, for some children, asthma symptoms can get worse quickly.

 

Be aware of any signs of worsening asthma in your child. These may include:

 

  • your child becoming more wheezy, tight chested or breathless
  • the reliever inhaler (usually blue) not helping as much as usual
  • a drop in peak expiratory flow rate (see diagnosing asthma in children for more information)

 

If you notice your child’s symptoms getting worse, do not ignore them. Contact your GP or asthma clinic, or consult their asthma action plan, if they have one.

 

Signs of a severe asthma attack include:

 

  • the reliever inhaler does not help symptoms at all
  • the symptoms (wheezing, coughing, tight chest) will be severe and constant
  • breathing very fast and too breathless to complete a sentence in one breath or too breathless to talk or feed
  • a racing pulse
  • feeling agitated or restless
  • lips or finger nails may turn blue

 

Source: NHS

 

The best thing for parents is to be aware of the things that are felt by their children. When they tend to complain about something, check it out. It might already be a sign of asthma.

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