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Frequently changing weather conditions and Asthma

Environmental pollution is the main sources of allergies and allergic asthma. The asthmatic patients are highly sensitive to the as pollen grains, industrial pollutants such as smoke, suspended particulate matter in air etc. Changing weather conditions makes the atmosphere dense during high humid conditions. During winters the suspended particulate matter is embedded in the fog and dew. For normal healthy individuals the nasal passage controls the entry of the pollutants without any difficulty. However, in the asthmatic patients the nasal passage is usually inflamed and they tend to breathe through mouth making an easy passage of the pollutants to the respiratory system. This triggers an asthmatic attack leading to constriction of the air pipe. Thus the asthmatic patient then coughs, feel breathless, sneezes, and at times need a medicated spray to open up the constricted air pipe so that the patient can breathe.

Managing Weather-Related Triggers
Managing the symptoms of weather-related asthma is similar to managing asthma that is triggered by any cause. Specific weather triggers will vary from individual to individual and it is necessary for every patient to understand and identify the trigger for an asthmatic attack. .
  • Trigger …………………………..……………Prevention strategy
  • lightning storms ………………………………stay indoors
  • cold air…………………………………….… wear a face mask or scarf over your face
  • Hot summer months…………………..……. use an air conditioner controlled environment
Always monitor the weather conditions and, watch the forecast for rain, humidity, air pressure changes, and ozone reports. Patients should take the prescribed medicines regularly.

Ayurvedic View Bronchial asthma is known as tamakasvassa in Ayurveda. This medical science emphasizes on gastro-intestinal factors apart from the respiratory afflictions to be the cause for bronchial asthma. Bronchial asthma can be from any of the three prakritis —vaata, pitta or kapha.

Treatment for Asthma According to Ayurveda, the asthma of recent origin can be treated effectively. It is not the drug alone that can give relief from asthma but regulation of diet and the change of conceptual thinking can also play a great role. Along with proper medication and control over eating and living, asthmatics can get better and quick results.

Kanakaasava: It is a proven medicine for asthma and allied-complaints like cough, tuberculosis, bronchiectasis, chronic fevers and haemoptysis. The principal ingredient in this preparation is kanaka (Daturastramonium), which has been a reliable drug for asthma. 10-30 ml of this medicine is to be taken twice a day after meals. Chyavanapraasa and Agastyarasaayana: The main ingredient of the former medicine is amla, the richest source of vitamin C in nature, chyavanapraasa and Kanakaasava can be taken in one teaspoonful doses thrice a day, preferably before food intake. They are slow acting remedies but are surer in the efficacy.

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