Asthma and Allergies

The cause of the inflammation which underlies most asthma in younger sufferers is one or more allergies.

More people in western countries suffer from allergies, compared to people in less affluent rural parts of the world, and allergy rates are on the increase.

There is a growing body of evidence which virtually proves that asthma is an environmentally induced disease. This raises the challenging possibility that we may be able to prevent asthma by altering our environment.

Treating asthma by removing the allergic cause can be very successful when the cause is easy to remove, as when the allergic cause is a dust or vapour inhaled only at work.

The same is true when the cause is a domestic pet such as a cat or dog, though reluctance to part with a loved pet commonly prevents success.

However, the commonest cause of asthma is allergy to house dust mites, and getting rid of mites sufficiently to make a big difference to asthma requires a major change in lifestyle of the sufferer and is expensive to achieve.

There may be future treatments which modify, abolish or diminish the allergy process in the body, and this is an area of considerable research.

Asthma Treatments Relievers and Preventers

There are two main types of medicines for the treatment of asthma:

Quick Relief Medicines: also called relievers, give rapid, short-term treatment and are taken when you have worsening asthma symptoms that can lead to asthma episodes or attacks. You will feel the effects of these medicines within minutes.

Long-Term Control Medicines: also called preventers, are taken every day, usually over long periods of time, to control chronic symptoms and to prevent asthma episodes or attacks. You will feel the full effects of these medicines after taking them for a few weeks. People with persistent asthma need long-term control medicines.

Drugs, such as those resembling two of our hormones, can help treat asthma. These two hormones are adrenaline (epinephrine in the USA) and hydrocortisone (a steroid).

There are also other drugs which help treat asthma. Whilst drugs can remove all your symptoms if you have mild asthma, people with more severe or long-standing asthma don’t get nearly such good results, so alternate medications are required.

Adrenaline (epinephrine) is pumped into our bloodstream when we have a sudden fright or emergency. It is the quick-acting hormone from the middle of the adrenal glands near our kidneys. It makes your pulse race, makes your heart thump, and readies your body for emergency action. In asthma, the medicines which resemble adrenaline quickly relieve asthma for a short time, and are called relievers.

Asthma Symptoms

The symptoms of Asthma include:

    Coughing. Coughing in people with asthma is often worse at night or early in the morning, making it hard for them to sleep.
    Wheezing. Wheezing is a whistling or squeaky sound when you breathe.
    A tight feeling in the chest. This can feel like someone is squeezing or sitting on your chest.
    Shortness of breath. Asthma sufferers often say they can’t catch their breath, or they feel breathless or out of breath. They feel like you can’t get enough air in or out of their lungs.
    Episodes of wheezy difficulty in breathing.
    Faster breathing or noisy breathing.
    Narrowing of the air passages in the lungs and hence increased resistance to airflow.
    Rapid and considerable changes in airway obstruction (peak flow variation >= 20%)
    Frequent nocturnal episodes and low morning peak flow values
    Significant reversibility with drugs which resemble adrenaline, the beta2 agonists
    Significant reversibility with steroid drugs
    Symptom-free periods
    Frequent occurrence of allergy
    Inflammation of the air passages, characterised by eosinophils in the airway wall
    Bronchial hyper-responsiveness to non-specific stimuli such as cold air or histamine.

What is Asthma ?

asthma before and after picture

Asthma (pronounced AZ-muh) is defined in Essential Allergy, by Niels Mygind, Ronald Dahl, Soren Pedersen and Kristian Thestrup-Pedersen 2nd edition as :

A lung disease characterised by: 1, variable and reversible airway obstruction; 2, airway inflammation; and 3, bronchial hyper-responsiveness.

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease that makes airways (bronchial tubes) particularly sensitive to irritants, and this is characterized by difficulty in breathing.

Asthma is a highly ranked chronic health condition in adults in most western countries, and it is the leading chronic illness of children.

Asthma cannot be cured, but for most patients it can be controlled so that they have only minimal and infrequent symptoms and they can live an active life.

Yeast Infection Symptoms

There are a few things that can go wrong ‘down there’ and when a woman begins to feel dryness, burning or itching, the sensations are bound to raise the question of what’s causing them rather quickly. Since three out of four women will experience yeast infections in their lifetime, and since it’s one of the most common occurrences in vaginal irritations, chances are that the itching and burning are yeast infection symptoms.

But there are other things that can mimic yeast infection symptoms closely and you should know the difference to try and tell when you’re experiencing something easy to treat or a problem that may be a little more serious.

Yeast Infection Treatments

Yeast infections are, at the very least, uncomfortable. The itching and burning of symptoms can leave many women looking for instant relief in any form, and there is some choice available in solutions to the irritation. There are yeast infection treatments in the form of over-the-counter medication, doctor’s prescriptions, and alternative medicine or natural remedies, which means that most women can find an option for a yeast infection treatment that’s right for them.

From The Pharmacy

Let’s begin with over-the-counter medicine, the most common choice for yeast infection treatment. Since yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of fungus that is naturally present in our bodies, the best way to tame that spurt of activity is to curb it with something antifungal. Over-the-counter antifungals come in the form of creams or tablets that are inserted vaginally over the course of one to seven nights.

Candida Yeast Infection Symptoms

If you’re young, not sexually active, and you’ve never experienced candida yeast infection symptoms, you may not realize that you have, in fact, contracted this common and pesky women’s condition. If you’re a “first-timer,” you’ll probably have a mom and maybe older sisters, or even close female friends that have already met candida up close and personal.

Candida yeast infection symptoms aren’t going to go away without treatment. In fact, the symptoms will worsen the longer you leave the infection untreated. Ask someone! Someone whom you trust and aren’t embarrassed to discuss such feminine matters with. Chances are very good that any woman you talk with, or even any male physician, will know that you’re most likely experiencing candida yeast infection symptoms.

I’ve Never Had A Candida Yeast Infection. What Are Its Symptoms?

Boric Acid And Yeast Infections

Yeast infections are very common among both men and women. These infections are the result of an over-abundance of candida fungus in the vagina, mouth, or on the skin. Yeast infections are easy to treat. For vaginal candida infections, over-the-counter creams and suppositories like Monistat are safe and effective. For more stubborn yeast infections like thrush, prescription medications are also very effective. Even skin-based yeast infections like jock itch and athletes’ foot respond very well to anti-fungal sprays found in any drug store.

What about boric acid and yeast infections? Most people are quite familiar with the sprays, creams, pills, suppositories, natural remedies, lozenges, and liquid anti-fungals. But boric acid? Where did that come from?

The Facts About Boric Acid And Yeast Infections