Air pollution and Asthma disease

Air pollution and Asthma disease

Imagine waking up one morning and having to decide whether leaving your house is worth ending up in a hospital for? That’s the reality for people with asthma disease when pollution levels are high. Two-thirds of people with asthma say air pollution leaves them fighting for breath. This puts them at a higher risk of a potentially fatal asthma attack.

Recent studies even suggest that babies born to mothers exposed to air pollution from traffic sources during pregnancy have an increased risk of developing asthma disease before the age of five. Also, children whose mothers lived close to highways during pregnancy had a 25 percent increased relative risk of developing asthma.

Importantly, children breathe more than adults (for e.g., a three-month-old infant breathes about 35 times more air than adults) and while they breathe more, they inhale more pollutants. And they also play outdoors. Keeping all these factors together, children are the most vulnerable group along with older people.

Older people with asthma, particularly if they have underlying COPD or another long-term condition such as heart disease, they may also find it harder to cope with pollution.

Besides your common symptoms of asthma like coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, pain or pressure, exposure to polluted air can make you more sensitive to your usual asthma triggers (such as house dust mites, pollen, pets, moulds, and fungi).

You may ask now, ‘What to do then? Should I stop going out and sit at home?’ ‘Should I stop sending my kids outdoors to play, because, I fear pollution and asthma?’

Also Read: Treat Asthma In Children Without Worrying About The Side-Effects

Unfortunately, pollution is an asthma trigger that’s hard to avoid, which is why it’s so important to manage your asthma well. To get it treated right, it is very important to take an appropriate asthma treatment and remedy, without any further delay.

A homeopath can become your best bet to address the condition. Asthma treatment in homeopathy uses safe natural medicines based on medicinal information derived from clinical studies and experiential information of their remedial effects.

Asthma treatment in homeopathy focuses on the presentation of symptoms peculiar to the individual plus what improves or aggravates the condition in relation to time, posture, movement, and rest.

The efficacy of homeopathy treatment for asthma has similarly been proven through clinical research. Homeopathic treatment for asthma focuses on bringing down the intensity, frequency and duration of attacks; increasing the disease-free period and minimising the use of chemical drugs.

Also Read: Suffering from Exercise-induced Asthma? Homeopathy Can Help You

Conditions like the change of weather, allergy to pollens and dust, pollution etc., are also considered before suggesting an appropriate homeopathic remedy. Natural medicines are given to help reduce spasms of the respiratory tract and build overall body immunity, which results in providing you a long-term cure for asthma.

Meanwhile, you can make certain lifestyle changes in your day-to-day activities to avoid getting exposed to air pollutants –

  • Avoid physical activities and exercise close to main roads
  • Keep your car windows closed, especially if you’re stuck in a jam of slow-moving traffic
  • Go out earlier in the day when air quality tends to be better
  • Stick to back streets if possible if you’re walking or cycling
  • Keep windows and doors closed so outdoor pollution can’t get in
  • Stand well back from the smoke if you’re going to a barbecue, or a Bonfire Night party
  • Avoid cigarette smoke whether indoors or out.

Also Read: Asthma: Breathing made easy with homeopathy

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