Asthma treatment aim at keeping your asthma under control on a day to day basis. Asthma treatment will make you less likely to have an asthma attack. Asthma is a medical condition that makes breathing difficult. It is a disease of the lungs. Asthma inflammes the airways and makes the sufferer breathless when comes in contact with a trigger which result in inflammation. As a result of this, the air sacs inflames and causes congestion that causes congestion that causes asthma attack. It produces sticky mucus or phelgm that makes it difficult for air to pass through which makes breathing more difficult.
This article aim to explain, asthma signs or symptoms, causes, types, prevention, foods to eat, foods to avoid and asthma treatment.
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Here are list of what you’ll gain from reading this article; you’ll know:
- Asthma treatment signs or symptoms.
- What causes asthma.
- Types of asthma, when they happen and what trigger them.
- Foods to eat when you’re suffering asthma.
- Foods to avoid when you’re suffering from asthma.
- How you can prevent asthma and
- Asthma treatment.
Asthma symptoms starts from childhood that affects both young and adult. It symptoms are:
- Difficulty in breathing.
- chest tightness.
- inflammation in the chest.
- stiffness in the chest muscles.
- sleeping problem when the chest is blocked.
- frequent cold at night and
- distended abdomen.
Causes of asthma
The following may be the causes of asthma, which are:
- childhood respiratory infection.
- hypersensitivities from allergens like molds, hair, lint, animal dander, grass and grains.
- allergens (house dust, cockroaches) and irritants (tobacco smoke) can trigger it.
- poor digestion.
- changes in weather.
- environmental and biological triggers such as hormonal changes in women, infections, dietary patterns, et cetra.
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Types of Asthma
Kinds of asthma are:
A. Exercise induce asthma : It occurs when a person with asthma perform exercise in the cold air.
B. Nocturnal asthma : happens at night. Signs and symptoms becomes severe between 2 AM and 4 AM. It occurs due to exposure to allergens or other factors such as allergens in the bedroom, delayed allergies response to exposure mostly after 6 to 8 hours, cooling of airways due to fall in the body temperature.
C. Occupation asthma : the following are allergen that triggers asthma in a person Suffering from this condition which are: smoke, fumes, vapours, paint fumes, chemicals and aerosol.
D. Cough variant asthma: occurs whenever a person experiences only dry cough that last more than 6 to 8 weeks and the following symptoms such as : wheezing, shortness of breath and tightness of chest cannot be noticed.
Other Types of Asthma include:
E. Brittle Asthma.
F. Severe Asthma.
G. Adult Onset Asthma.
H. Difficult Asthma.
I. Seasonal Asthma.
K. Allergic Asthma.
However, effects of asthma differs from person to person. They may be mild, moderate, and severe. A severe asthmatic condition may require emergency treatment for the restoration of normal breath.
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For some people, asthma is not a serious problem while it can be a major problem for others because it affects daily activities and may result in life threatening attack. There is no diet that will absolutely eliminate your asthmatic symptoms. These might help:
1. Consume Vitamin D rich diets
People with serious asthma may have low level of vitamin D. Spending few minutes out door in the sun can increase your vitamin D levels. Milk and fish such as salmon and even eggs are rich in vitamin D.
2. Consume plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables
They are good sources of antioxidants such as Vitamin (A,C and E) and Beta carotene rich in antioxidants that aids in reduction of lungs inflammation.
3. Eat to maintain body weight
Losing your weight a little may reduce your asthma symptoms because being overweight can worsen your symptoms of asthma.
4. Asthmatic diet should be moderate amount of protein, carbohydrates and fats.
5. Drink lot of water as your body can take.
6. Drinking of lukewarm water during asthmatic attack is preferred.
Foods to Avoids
You can control or prevent asthma attack by avoiding:
- Foods such as rice, sugar, ice cream, lentil,pickles, cold drinks, curds, spicy foods which aid in phlegm formation.
- Avoid Histamine: histamine are naturally produced ingredients in some foods such as smoked meats, mature cheese, yogurt. It can also be found in alcoholic drinks such as red wine.
- Avoid sulphites : sulphites are used as preservatives in foods such as processed meats and pickle foods. They are found in drinks such as beer, wine and cider. Sulphite can also be found in dried fruits, frozen shrimp and some other foods.
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Making informed choices about what foods to eat and the ones to avoid won’t cure your asthma. But eating a diet that is balanced and avoiding foods that triggers asthma may improve your symptoms and overall health. It is possible that eating less salt or consumption of foods rich in oil found in cold water fish, nuts and seeds rich in omega-3 fatty acids may reduce asthmatic symptoms.
This article is not meant to be a substitute to where the services of medical professional is urgently needed.
1. Apples : contains flavonoids known as khellin which open up the airways that help to lessen asthma symptoms. This makes apple good in asthma treatment. Eat 3 to 5 apples a week for asthma treatment.
2. Cassia Alata / Senna Alata (Ogalu in Igbo; Asunrun oyinbo in Yoruba) put 1 tablespoon Cassia Alata/ Senna Alata leaf powder in 250 ml hot water. Allow it to boil for 5 minutes. Strain and drink when it is lukewarm. Do it twice in a day for asthma treatment.
Or: Boil Senna Alata / Cassia Alata leaves in water. Drink 200 ml three times a day for asthma treatment.
3. Ipomoea Batatas (sweet potato in English; Dankali dorawa in Hausa; Odukun, Odumsi, Anamon, Edumsi in Yoruba; Ogenghe in Idoma; Ji-oyinbo, Ji nwanunu, Ji-beke in Igbo) It is effective in curing nose congestion, bronchi and lungs thereby providing relief from asthma. It also reduces asthma induce exercise which makes it good for asthma treatment. Add boil sweet potatoes in your diet.
Avoid fried sweet potatoes.
4. Barleria Prionitis ( Porcupine flower in English; Sin-kin-mini in Yoruba) squeeze out the juice of fresh Barleria Prionitis. Mix 2 tablespoons of the leaf juice with 1 tablespoon of Organic Pure Honey. Take it twice daily.
5. Garlic (Ayuu in Igbo; Alubosa ayu in Yoruba; Tafarnuwa in Hausa) it clear congestion in your lungs, reduces inflammation of the airways. Hence, provide relief from asthma. Mix tablespoon of crushed fresh Garlic pods with 2 pinches cloves (Kanafuru in Yoruba; Kanumfari in Hausa). Take it with lukewarm water. Do it twice daily.
6. Eucalyptus Essential Oil : put 3 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil on a small cloth and place it near your pillow where you can inhale it scent when you sleep. Eucalyptus essential oil open the airways. Do it for 7 days for asthma treatment.
7. Cassia Occidentalis (Tafasaar in Hausa; Aborere, Asundegbe, Papala omode in Yoruba) boil some seeds of Cassia Occidentalis in water. Drink 100 ml two times a day.
8. Figs (Opoto in Yoruba; Farin baure in Hausa) soak 3 dried Figs in a cup of lukewarm water at night. Cover it to prevent contamination. In the morning drink the water and eat the figs on empty stomach.
9. Red Onion (Alubosa onisu in Yoruba; Albasa gudaji in Hausa; Yabasi in Igbo) those suffering from asthma can benefit from onion because it contains quercetin, anti-inflammatory properties and help clears the airways. Take 1 tablespoon of Onion Juice mix 1 tablespoon of Pure Organic Honey before bed time at night.
10. Moringa Oleifera (Drumstick, Moringa in English; Okwe beke, Okwe oyinbo, Uhe, Okughare ite in Igbo; Ewe igbale, Ewe ile, Idagbo monoye in Yoruba; Bargaruwa masar, Barambo, Koraukin zaila, Shipka hali, Shura halinka Rimi nacara, Rimi turawa, Zogala-gandi, Zogala in Hausa; Gawara, Habiwa Hausa, Konamarade, Rini maka in Fulani). Boil fresh Moringa leaves in 300 ml of water for 10 minutes. Add little salt and pinches of Black Pepper (Uziza in Igbo; Masooroo in Hausa; Ata iyere in Yoruba). Mix them together. Drink the water and consume the leaves. Do it once a day for asthma treatment.
11. Grind the following items together:
- Fresh Garlics pods (Alubosa ayu in Yoruba; Tafarnuwa in Hausa, Ayuu in Igbo)
- Garcinia Cola (Igoligo in Idoma, Orogbo in Yoruba, Majin- goro in Hausa; Aka Inu, Ugolo in Igbo)
- Ginger (Atale in Yoruba; Chitta in Hausa; Jinja in Igbo)
Grind all the items mentioned above together. Mix them together thoroughly with Organic pure honey.
Take ONE tablespoon three times a day.
12. Carrots : it contains beta carotene which may reduce the incidence of exercise – induced asthma.
13. Mango Seeds : Obtain 5 dried mango seeds, break them to remove their kernels. Grind the kernels into powder and mix with equal quantity of Organic Pure Honey.
14. Oregano Essential Oil: Mix 3 drop of Oregano Essential Oil with 1 tablespoon of Coconut oil. Rub it over your chest in the morning and at night for asthma treatment.
Or: Put 3 drops of Oregano Essential Oil in 100 ml cup of water and inhale the vapour.
15. Cabbage: Drink 150 ml of fresh Cabbage juice daily.
16. Cinnamon (Oloorun in Yoruba; Kirfa in Hausa) Take half tablespoon of Cinnamon powder with Organic pure honey. Take it two times a day.
17. Mimosa Pudica (Sensitive plant, Touch me not plant in English; Kpakochuku, Kparochuku in Igbo; Patanmon, Padimon in Yoruba; Enada abapa olutu kla in Idoma; Mata gara kafa in Hausa) Boil fresh of Mimosa Pudica in water. Drink 200 ml two times a day for 2 weeks.
18. Green Mango Juice: it contains beta carotene. Peel the unripe mango and get it flesh. Boil the flesh in water until it becomes soft. Add Black Pepper and some Organic Pure Honey. Blend them together. Finally, it ready for consumption.
19. Pour 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) in 100 ml lukewarm water mixed with 1 tablespoon Organic Pure Honey and half tablespoon of crushed Garlic pods. Mix them together thoroughly and drink on an empty stomach before breakfast.
20. Mix 100 ml of Carrots juice with 100ml of Fresh Spinach leaves juice (Amunututu, Egungun ori iganna, Toromon iganna in Yoruba; Allayyahu in Hausa; Gborongi in Igbo). Drink within 10 minutes of preparation.
21. Euphorbia Hirta (Asthma plant in English; Emi – ile, Akun esan, Egele, ege ile in Yoruba; Noonon kurciya in Hausa; Endamyel in Fula-Fulfulde; Ozigban in Edo; O’bu ani, Oba ala, Ogwu Asma, Ahiha Asma in Igbo; Bou Obirima, Indou beni diri, Obirima in Ijo-Izon) Prepare tea infusion of dried of Asthma plant. Drink 100 ml two times a day.
22. Mix half tablespoon of Fenugreek seeds Powder (Idooma in Idoma; Eso Ewedu in Yoruba; Hulba, Ayoyo in Hausa; Kerenkeren in Igbo) with half tablespoon of Ginger and 1 tablespoon of Organic Pure Honey. Take it once a day for asthma treatment.
23. Black Pepper : adding of Black Pepper in your diet can ease asthmatic symptoms by clearing the respiratory tract and eases other respiratory ailments such as whooping cough as well.
24. Peppermint essential oil: Put 3 drops of Peppermint essential oil in a cotton ball or clean handkerchief. Inhale the vapour for 10 to 15 minutes for asthma treatment.
25. Cloves (Kanafuru in Yoruba; Kanumfari in Hausa) It acts as expectorant, relief congestion and making it easier to get rid of respiratory tract phlegm. Mix 2 pinches of Cloves powder with 1 tablespoon of organic pure honey and half tablespoon of crushed Garlic pods paste. Take once a day for asthma treatment.
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