15 January, 2015
Asthma triggers vary person to person. Though, there are some common triggers that are present in most of the patients. Among different triggers, airborne irritants are most difficult to resist as they enter the respiratory tract while breathing. Airborne irritants include traffic and industrial fumes, pollen, mold, animal dander (from dogs and cats), dust, household chemicals (air fresheners and aerosols), perfumed cosmetics and scented flowers etc.
Children with allergy to airborne pollutants like smoke, dust, pollens and chemicals should wear a mask before leaving home. It reduces the effect of these allergens. And try to avoid the crowded places, construction sites, and industrial areas. Respiratory infections such as common cold, flu, bronchitis and sinus infections can also flare up asthma symptoms or cause asthma attacks. Protect your asthmatic child against weather changes. Keep him/her away from people suffering from cold or flu. Keep him/her warm. Ensure that your child doesn�t catch cold or flu, or suffer other problem related to respiratory system. It can be trigger for an asthma attack.
Ensure your child takes medications properly and regularly on time as prescribed by the doctor. Taking medication regularly helps to control the swelling in the breathing tubes of the lungs thus preventing asthma attacks. There are also certain quick relief drugs which are mostly used during asthma attacks.
Taking asthma medication through inhalers is far better and effective than oral pills and syrup as the drug reaches directly to the area of inflammation thus requiring miniscule amounts to be delivered. Indeed, when asthma medication is taken in the form of oral pills and syrup a lot of drug circulates through the body before reaching the lungs putting your child at the risk of various side-effects.
Magazine : Arogya Mangalam