How to Overcome Asthma and Eliminate the Risk of an Attack?

Aug 06, 2018 | 1 year ago | Read Time: 3 minutes | By iKnowledge Team

According to a report by World Health Organization (WHO), 15-20 million Indians suffer from Asthma. Also, a study of market data shows that the sale of anti-asthma medicines has risen by 43% in the last four years. This doesn’t come as a surprise since India has thirteen of the 20 most polluted cities across the world.

The rising cases of asthma are a matter of concern for people of all age groups. People who haven’t had a family history are being diagnosed with Asthma.

To this effect, we discuss some of the precautionary measures and tips to reduce the risk of developing asthma and help you combat the situation.

Passive or Direct, Stay Away from Smoke

It is an obvious fact that your lungs are not made to absorb smoke. There are so many ways in which smoke can harm not just your lungs but the entire body. Regular smoking can lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This leads to major issues in breathing that worsens in the case of individuals already suffering from asthma.

With more than 2000 chemicals, smoke can severely damage lung tissues, constrict airways and affect the function of blood vessels. Smoking not only affects smokers but also those who are exposed to passive smoke. Passive smoking is worse as the unfiltered smoke from the burning end causes more harm. Avoid smoking and stay away from the passive smoke.

Avoid Congested Places and Traffic Hotspots

According to a report, exposure to pollution at high-density traffic areas is the cause of 14% of chronic asthma cases in childhood. Exhaust from vehicles further affects the condition of patients suffering from asthma. The reason behind this is the presence of reactive oxygen species in fumes of vehicle exhaust. Further, it has been found that diesel fumes are more harmful than petrol fumes.

One should completely avoid congested areas and opt for green spaces instead.

The Ground You Stand On Matters

It has been found that children who have been exposed to PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride) as a flooring material stand at a risk of developing asthma at a later stage. The main culprit is a chemical known as phthalate. Phthalates interfere with the endocrine system and disrupt their functioning. Phthalates are present in everyday objects that made of plastic including toys. Constant exposure to these substances may result in the development of chronic allergies and severe conditions.

Look for Greener Pastures

Our modern lifestyles keep us confined to crowded spaces. The trade-off is that we do not expose ourselves and our children to friendly microbes and dust. Contradictory as it may seem, such things help build our immunity and prevents infections in the future.

People living in urban areas do not have access to playgrounds and gardens which leaves us prone to chronic infections and inflammation. According to a study, this can lead to the development of respiratory disorder when suddenly exposed to such agents at a later stage in life.

The solution is to have more and more access to open, green spaces. A timely introduction to friendly microbes can save a lot of trouble at a future stage of life.

Watch Your Weight

A report states that children born to obese mothers are prone up to four times to wheezing and pre-asthmatic symptoms than children born to mothers with optimum weight. It has been found that overweight individuals breathe 7-50% more air than an individual with a healthy weight. This means that such individuals breathe more air pollutants than other individuals. Commonly found air contaminants like sulphur dioxide and ammonia may aggravate asthma and cause several respiratory disorders.

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