There is ample evidence that asthma is largely an illness that attacks children largely due to the fact that they are weaker targets of those things that cause inflammation of their tiny lungs. Adults are easily misled because nearly 90% of asthma victims are in their teens or younger. If you are a parent with a child that suffers from asthma, you know the symptoms full well so they are easily identified should you begin to wonder if you are suffering the same disease.
You can be in adulthood without a hint of
asthma, then, suddenly in your midlife find yourself with asthmatic symptoms.
However, one can get some idea as to the symptoms by thinking a bit about past
history. Prolonged exposure to harsh chemicals or other allergens usually
through work or hobbies can give a clue. Even the use of some seemingly mild
household cleaners can do damage over a long period of use.
Such exposure may take years, easily stretching into adulthood, before you feel the effects of the damage. Suddenly you are having ill health effects that come as a total surprise. But, like aging, it is a gradual process that literally sneaks up on us, except with asthma, it cannot be seen or felt until it creates problems with day-to-day living.
In your daily environment, look for any type of fumes, odors, dust, or particles that you are exposed to and eliminate them if possible. If you cannot eliminate them, wear masks and goggles, and install better ventilation. If the allergens are in the workplace, demand that your employer install safety equipment. If that fails, go to the government. OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, will come in and investigate.
If you cannot eliminate allergens in your personal space, replace the allergens with less harmful versions of the products. Look for products with natural or non-toxic ingredients that will do the same job. Once you do all you can to minimize exposure and still have symptoms, it is time to visit your doctor for a professional opinion and diagnosis.
If your doctor determines you have asthma he or she may move you into preliminary treatment that may include mild inhalers. The degree of your lung impairment will determine the type and number of inhalers and the frequency of use. This prescription will be temporary and you will return to the doctor with a few weeks for another flow meter test to gauge the effectiveness of the treatment. If your next breath test shows improvement, this means you have asthma and your doctor will prescribe a more permanent course of maintenance.
Hypnosis Therapy Can Be A Great Technique For Overcoming Asthma Attacks:
· Asthma is usually diagnosed in childhood, as symptoms tend to manifest by the age of 5.
· Presently, it affects around 10% - 12% of all children, and has been steadily growing.
· There is no explicit known reason for the increase, but risk factors include exposure to cigarette smoke, other allergies, and a history of other respiratory infections. Also, the odds of being diagnosed are raised in males and African Americans.
At present, there are several different types of asthma medications and methods of treatment that can efficiently reduce symptoms.
Two major types of asthma medication are fast-acting medicine to treat symptoms during an asthma attack, and preventing medicine, which is taken on a regular basis to shrink the risk of having an attack.
Short-acting Beta-2 Antagonists (SABAs) are bronchodilators, which is a type of fast acting medicine that assists in opening air passages and easing the symptoms of an asthma attack, and are commonly administered through asthma inhalers. This type of medicine doesn't treat the inflammation that causes an attack, but is efficient when taken during an asthma attack, and will last for three to six hours after it is given.
Controlling asthma medication is taken regularly and treats the underlying causes of asthma attacks. The most common types of this medicine are asthma inhalers containing a steroid that reduces inflammation in the air passageways and lungs and Long-Acting Beta-2 Antagonists (LABAs). The results of long-acting asthma inhalers commonly last for twelve hours and can lower the number of attacks that take place during sleep. A lot of medications have very harsh side effects for some people.
· One treatment program that is getting more popular is self-hypnosis or hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy for asthma has the goal of triggering the relaxation response, which can serve to prevent or reduce your symptoms when having an asthma attack. Some other alternative types of asthma treatment also employ relaxation as a tool to eliminate symptoms, such as with meditation programs.
Using hypnotherapy, one can
treat the emotional elements of an asthma attack, which have the capacity to
make it much more intense. It is only human nature to get frightened or feel
threatened when we sense our air supply being cut off. This instinctual
reaction actually can and will intensify the strength of an asthma attack.
Similar feelings of fearfulness and trepidation about having an asthma attack
can actually bring on an attack. These emotional causes and responses are
managed with the asthma treatment method of hypnosis.
Hypnosis has been proven to be a highly effective asthma treatment. With a trained hypnotist, or using one of the several recorded programs on hand, you can easily glide into a relaxed hypnotic state, and begin to take charge of over-breathing and bodily functions. One of the most effective techniques is to learn how to use hypnosis to actually abort a looming asthma attack. The self-hypnosis method of asthma treatment is tremendously successful and can work well for those who cannot take or do not want to take prescription medicines regularly. Which asthma treatment you choose depends both on the severity of your symptoms and what type of treatment that works well for your symptoms.