April 7th, 2014

Asthma and Sex

As certain types of exercise can induce asthma symptoms, so can lovemaking. So if asthma—not romance —is taking your breath away, try these three strategies to restore the fun: Change positions: Certain positions may put more pressure on the chest, causing shortness of breath. Experiment with those that allow you to remain upright during sex. Take your meds first:  If you take medications before engaging in other types of physical activity, check with your doctor about doing the same before having sex to enjoy the fun. Talk to your doctor: If breathing problems (shortness of breath, wheezing, or coughing) are putting the brakes on intimacy don’t delay to inform this to your

April 7th, 2014

Asthma, Food and You

There is no diet that will alleviate asthma symptoms, but there some foods termed as best and worst for asthmatics. Here comes four best and worst food for asthma: 3 daily must eat things: Apples: The beneficial compounds in apple known as flavonoids, in particular, khellin, has been shown to open up airways, so it eating two to five apples a week is encouraged to lower the risk of asthma attack. Orange, broccoli, sprouts and tomatoes and other Vitamin C rich food is good for asthmatics as it is a potent antioxidant that wards off lung damage by fighting free radicals. Coffee and black tea acts as a bronchodilator that improves airflow, so these are too beneficial to incorporate. 3

April 7th, 2014

Intricacies of Adult Asthma

Asthma is not gender bias and do not bound only to a particular age or stage. Up to 30% of women experience worsening of asthma symptoms around the time of their period,” says Cristiano. The phenomenon is called perimenstrual asthma t occurs due to monthly shifts in hormone levels, it is associated with adult asthma. Though it’s unclear how hormones affect the airway, but they could be behind the fact that after puberty, more women than men are hospitalized for asthma, and that some hormonal states like pregnancy can affect asthma severity.” If you suspect you have perimenstrual asthma, talk with your doctor about altering your medical regimen during your cycle—for

April 7th, 2014

Understand Asthma

Your Throat Closes-up, Your Chest Tightens, and You Feel Like You are Breathing Through A Straw! Next may come coughing spells, wheezing, difficulty breathing, thick mucus, anxiety, and panic. That’s an asthma attack, and even if you have never had the chronic inflammatory condition that causes it, it can hit anyone at any age…. Astounded to read this fact? Don’t be, as Guardian Health Chronicle interviews three renowned pulmonologist of the city, Dr Himanshu Garg Consultant Pulmonologist to help you understand this breath-stealing disease and learn the trick to restore fun with asthma. Read to know how to fix the wheeze… Why asthma happens When you have asthma, your airways

January 21st, 2011

Avoid Emergency Room Visit

Starved off fresh air; you are not alone in this city. Several seniors and children suffer from respiratory diseases in the cold winter months which causes for maximum emergency visits, says Dr. Arpit Jain, consultant Internal Medicine with Artemis Health Institute. Respiratory disease is the term for diseases of the respiratory system. Respiratory diseases include self limiting cold, asthma, respiratory infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), elaborates Dr. Jain. COPD is a serious lung disease, in which the airways become narrowed. WHO defines COPD as encompassing two groups of lung disease, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Chronic bronchitis refers to a productive

May 4th, 2010

Why Asthma is on Rise

There are few things in life that we take for granted—sunshine, change of seasons, and breath. Since the last two decades there has been a huge increase in number of asthma patients and deaths owing to this condition. This means that no longer we can remain carefree about our breath when seasons change. According to Russel B. Leftwich of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology asthma incidences have doubled form 8.5 million to 17 million between 1980 and 1998.   Asthma starves you of breath. An attack of asthma feels like a cold slap of air to your lungs. As a result the tiniest part of our lungs—bronchioles restrict and each breath becomes an exercise. Actually, the

May 3rd, 2010

Game Plan to Defeat Asthma

Ray D Strand M.D. in his book “What your doctor doesn’t know about nutritional medicine” says, “Asthmatics need to build their natural defence system to fight the onslaught of antioxidants.” • People with asthma are often deficient in key nutrients, especially vitamin C, magnesium, and vitamin B6. • Vitamin C, the major antioxidant present in the lining of the respiratory tract, appears to act immediately to combat inhaled oxidants. In addition, it may halt an allergic reaction by preventing the cells from releasing histamine. Eating more servings of citrus fruits, peppers and berries may help you in pumping your natural defence system. • Furthermore, Vitamin C is very

November 18th, 2009

What Every Asthmatic Should Know

Asthma starves you of breath. During an asthma attack, the whole bronchial tube of our lungs constricts and each breath becomes an exercise. Actually, asthma patients have more difficulty in breathing out rather than breathing in, because breathing out is a passive process and it is caused by a spasm of the smaller air passage in the lung. At My health Guardian we talked to Dr. S.N. Gaur, head, department of pulmonary diseases, Vallabh Bhai Patel Chest Institute to get an insight on this breath-robbing disease. Why there are more incidences of asthma during change of seasons? Asthma patients have hypersensitive lung airways. A light drop or rise in temperature or change in the amount of

September 18th, 2009

Breathe Easy

Every year change of season particularly the transition from spring to summer and autumn to winter is marked with increased episodes of asthma in people. Besides, change of seasons, pollution from the city traffic too makes asthma worse. Dr R.K. Maini, Director Pulmonology with Artemis Hospital says, “Post Diwali, we notice an increase in the number of asthma patients, not only due to change in the season but also due to air pollution.” Asthma has no cure. Of-course, we can control it. When asthma strikes, breathing becomes an exercise. It feels like deep breathing very cold air. Asthma is a chronic condition that occurs when the main air passages of our lungs, the bronchial

September 14th, 2009

Helping Kids Catch their Breath

Asthma attacks are frequent among children making it one of the most common ailments of childhood. Asthma is… • An inflammatory condition of the airways caused by allergens, irritants and respiratory infections. • It has many trigger factors that activate an over-reactive airway system. • Is reversible and controllable (with only a few rare exceptions) Symptoms of asthma: Asthma is difficult to diagnose, especially in children less than five years of age. Asthma signs and symptoms include coughing, wheezing — a whistling sound made when exhaling — and shortness of breath, or any combination of these. But people often identify asthma as just wheezing, so they may miss the

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