Natural solutions may help avoid it …
Asthma prevalence in Australia is high by international standards: Asthma Australia reports “about 10% of the population (2 million people) have asthma currently”. It affects one in every ten adults on current statistics from the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare. That’s over 2 million people in Australia alone! Asthma also affects about one or two kids out of 10.
Asthma is thought to be caused by a combination of complex and incompletely understood genetic and environmental factors, according to the WHO 2012 report. It’s an instigative (likely to arouse a strong reaction) disorder of the airways. Its diagnosis is usually based on the pattern of symptoms and response to therapy over time.
The occurrence of asthma has increased significantly since the 1970s, but if you have this condition, you don’t have to wait for an attack to do something about it. Here’s 3 important steps to get a grip on the problem . . .
It’s important to know that trouble breathing that lasts more than a few weeks while indicating signs and symptoms of asthma, shows a weakness that can often be alleviated naturally, especially with herbal support. For many people, the main signs and symptoms of ‘asthma’ are wheezing, shortness of breath, excess mucus and chest tightness. For others, chronic cough that comes and goes periodically may be the main or only symptom of asthma.
3 Simple Steps To Reduce Asthma
Asthma attacks are not all the same – some are worse than others. Asthma is a chronic but very responsive condition, that responds extremely well to improving the individual’s general wellbeing.
1. According to a 2012 World Health Organisation Report, there are steps one can and should take to avoid exposure to harmful chemicals. By eliminating all possible irritants thereby reducing the immune system response, everyones asthma attacks can be greatly reduced. More recently it has been discovered that some of the products commonly used in the bathroom or around the home can set of an attack and the company the Savvy Team recommend is committed to helping parents create healthy homes, so ask us former information if this is something important to you.
2. With the addition of good quality nutritionals to supplement a sensible diet, often childhood asthma can be gradually eliminated. In fact asthma can be gradually improved and even eliminated with the combined use of herbs and supplementation, both of which build up the child’s immune system so that it can resist the damaging effects of the irritating chemicals, environment, pollens etc.
3. There are some very effective herbal formulations that are usually put together in synergistic combinations that have almost immediate effects in supporting the suffer of these issues. If you are a long term asthma sufferer, then taking these as preventatives can help you get on top of the asthma over the long term, when used in conjunction with the above two steps. Otherwise they can be used when you feel an attack is about to occur, to help boost the body’s defences and reduce the symptoms of asthma and it’s associated conditions.
Taking herbal or nutritional supplements that help you prevent asthma attacks are a sensible precaution, and by taking long term supplements to re-build your immune system you can prevent the onset of attacks and then you eliminate the need for drugs (under the guidance of your magical practitioner, naturally). For more information on this topic please contact whoever sent you to the site, or [email protected]
What Is Asthma
If you or your child has asthma, it means the inside walls of the airways are inflamed (swollen) and easily irritated. This can cause intermittent wheezing to severe difficulty in breathing. The airways are the tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. In a few cases, the individual’s breathing may be so constricted that the asthma attack becomes life-threatening, so it’s not something to ignore.
In children, the most common triggers are of a viral nature such as those that cause the common cold, but sometimes it can be dust mites or airborne dust or pollens. The asthma attack can also be set off by harmful chemicals in the home (a rapidly growing concern) or from the general environment or pollens in the air. These days a large number of asthma attacks, in both children and adults result from a generally weakened immune system due to either chemical sensitivity or nutritional deficiencies (or most often both) as well as underlying genetic or environmental factors.
It is important to investigate the sort of chemicals used in the home, even the ingredients in laundry and bathroom products can be setting your child off, according to studies by the World Health Organisation. If you want to know more about what to do to have a safer home, talk to the Savvy Team support person who sent you here, or email [email protected] for more info. Our mission it to help create 10,000 savvy, safe homes by the end of 2015 – help us spread the word.
How Common Is The Problem?
Government statistics indicate that 16.9% of infants experience asthma or wheeze within their first 3 years of life. Among non-asthmatic children aged 4 to 5 years, statistics show that 4.1% will develop asthma by their seventh year of life. Thankfully research indicates that asthma in children seems to be decreasing, however even if it is an improvement, this is unacceptable!
In fact the more recent stats from the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2011-12
- 10.2% of Australians (or around 2.3 million people) had asthma
- over $655 million dollars was spend on asthma in 2008-2009
- there were over 38,681 hospitalisations
- and in 2012, almost 400 deaths resulted from asthma
Asthma in young children is one of the most common causes of hospital admission and visits to the doctor in this age group. However it is not easy to diagnose asthma in children under 5 years old as there are many reasons for wheezing and coughing at that age. So the Savvy Teams suggestion is to take control of your families health and do the preventive thing. Contact the Savvy Team support person who sent you here, or [email protected] for more information.
Many children with asthma can breathe normally for a long time. When an asthma flare happens, airway muscles tighten up, the airway lining also swells and can fill with mucus. Both of these cause the airway to narrow. The illness is a chronic or recurring inflammatory condition in which the airway develops increased responsiveness to different stimuli, characterised by bronchial hyper-receptivity, inflammation, increased mucus production, and intermittent airway obstruction.
In a bitter asthma attack, the airways can close so much that not enough oxygen gets to vital organs. When it gets this severe controlling it means working closely with your doctor, remaining away from things that bother their airways, taking the medicines as directed by your doctor, and monitoring the asthma severity so that you can respond quickly to signs of an attack.
In this case, you and your doctor can work simultaneously to control asthma, reduce the severity and frequency of attacks and help maintain a normal, active life. Although the medical prognosis is that asthma cannot be cured, most people with asthma can control it so that they have few and unusual symptoms and can live active, normal lives. In fact, some kids have what’s called exercise-induced asthma. This means they have breathing complications only when they exercise. If the asthma is not well managed, sufferers probably have symptoms which can make them miss school or work and keep them from doing things they enjoy.
You will find that using preventative measures and doing whatever you can to boost their immunity at this time helps immeasurably.
You can manage asthmatic conditions much like someone controls diabetes or heart disease. It can be done with drugs or it can be done naturally. we recommend you give the natural alternatives a go – they won’t hurt and what we recommend can help with added benefits across your whole physical wellbeing.
- AIHW Australian Government Publication
- Asthma Australia’s Asthma Diagnosis In Children
- Australian Government Stats on Asthma
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