Although medicine has truly come a long way, there are still numerous illnesses to which there has not been found a cure yet. Woefully for those who suffer from it, asthma is among these yet incurable health problems. However, there are actions you can take to alleviate the symptoms once the attack occurs and to reduce the rate at which they take place at as well. But let’s keep it short and move on to learning more about this issue and what causes it in the first place. Also, in order to provide you with much-needed help, we will offer you some lesser known home remedies which aid atone symptoms and lower attack frequency.
What is asthma?
Asthma is a COP or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which is characterized by the narrowing of the airways which lead to the lungs, and difficulties in breathing. When the air passageways are irritated by various triggering elements, what is described as an asthma attack takes place. Basically, the person in cause loses the ability to breathe properly, and if an inhaler is not used to help make normal breathing possible again, asphyxiation can occur. Woefully, there are cases reported each year linked to asphyxiation as a result of an asthma attack that has not been handled properly, so you can see why this illness is no joking matter.
It affects an estimated 26 million Americans, which is a worryingly high number of patients suffering from a sole health issue. However, all people who do suffer from it have one thing in common – a weak immune system. This is not to say that they have no immunity at all, but rather that they are more sensitive and susceptible to health issues when compared to individuals who do not suffer from this affliction.
Symptoms, causes, and triggers
Fortunately for those who suffer from it, asthma is not consistent in terms of acting up. There are certain triggers which lead to the appearance of these attacks, usually related to poor air quality, and knowing what they are can help you prevent the attacks in the first place. In the following, we will break down the symptoms, causes, and triggers of the illness, providing you with a clearer picture of its main characteristics.
Typical asthma symptoms:
- Chest tightness or pressure;
What causes asthma attacks:
- Presence of allergens you have an allergy to – pet dander, mold spores, pollen, and so on;
- Tobacco smoke;
- Exposure to dry air;
- Acid reflux;
- Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction;
- Aspirin and other medications;
- Viral infections;
- Emotional anxiety.
Unusual home remedies for asthma sufferers to try out
Now let us move on to the second important discussion point of this article – home remedies that can actually provide help for asthmatics. The main ingredients for these three remedies are ginger, coffee, and eucalyptus oil, and they are easy to prepare. These are alternative medicine treatments, and, as we already told you, they do not cure the illness, but rather atone it.
Remedy #1 – Ginger
If you have dabbled with homemade remedies for various health issues before, you probably already know about the miraculous properties of ginger. Besides being useful for fixing other problems, it is perfect for asthma attack prevention as it impedes airways shrinkage, and it decreases airway passages inflammation. If you want to keep it simple, you can eat it raw, mixed with salt. Other methods to atoning the attacks with its help include preparing a ginger and pomegranate juice mixture to which you add honey, or mix a tablespoon of ground ginger with water and drink it.
Remedy #2 – Eucalyptus oil
Due to its decongestant capabilities owed to the eucalyptol chemical which breaks up mucus, eucalyptus oil is another heaven-sent for those who suffer from asthma. To get rid of the issue at hand with its help, you must add 2-3 drops of oil into boiling water, and take deep breaths above the pot for the steam to sink it. a second method you can use it put some oil on a paper towel, and place it by your head while you sleep.
Remedy #3 – Coffee
A little-known fact is that caffeine acts as a bronchodilator, thus helping control attacks in asthma sufferers. Just drink a cup of strong, black coffee whenever you feel the dreaded symptoms have appeared, and you are ensured to not suffer an attack. Unfortunately, there are limitations to using this remedy as you are not allowed to drink more than 3 cups of coffee per day. If you reach this number and symptoms appear again, use one of the aforementioned remedies.