Archive for the ‘Allergy & Asthma’ Category
Bronchial asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways and is also one of the most common diseases found worldwide. In the majority of cases, the disease is mild and is often not recognized. However, with increasing industrialization and consequently the invasion of allergens into our daily life can increase the prevalence of asthma. The main symptoms of asthma are recurrent breathing problems, wheezing, breathlessness, coughing, chest tightness etc.
The main cause of asthma is unknown till date. However some factors that are known to increase the likelihood of developing asthma might be developing another atopic condition like food allergy or having a family history of any allergy related conditions or asthma. Either way, bronchial asthma is on the rise throughout the world. Irrespective of this, medical science has not yet found a permanent cure for asthma. However, Ayurveda has found some remedies that can help you in avoiding frequent attacks.
Instead of searching for a temporary relief, Ayurveda concentrates on the causative factors and the predisposing conditions. For instance, apart from the respiratory afflictions, this medical science gives emphasis to the gastro-intestinal factors to be the cause for bronchial asthma. It has been observed that in most of the cases, the patient suffers from diarrhea, constipation or indigestion in the preliminary stage of the disease or just before the onset of the disease. Read the rest of this entry »
While many people suffer from seasonal allergies, which tend to get worse certain times of the year due to an increase in pollen, others seem to have problems all year long. In the latter set of individuals, the cause of allergies may be in the home. Dust mites live in dwellings, eating the dust and dander that collect in the fabrics. By reducing the number of dust mites, it is possible to reduce allergy suffering.
Encase the mattress and pillows of the bed with hypoallergenic covers. These tightly woven fabrics allow the bedding to continue to breathe, so the user does not feel like he or she is sleeping on plastic, but are dense enough to prevent penetration by the dust mite. Bedding should be changed and washed weekly. When the sheets are off the bed, be sure to vacuum the cover to remove any skin particles that may have collected.
Vacuum the carpets two to three times per week. The longer between one waits to clean rugs, the more dust particles work their way into the fibers, where they remain to become food for mites. Carpets should be shampooed at least twice per year. However, make sure they dry thoroughly before moving furniture back into the room. If the carpets do not dry, mold can grow, creating a new set of problems. Consider replacing carpets with tile, hardwood or other hard surface flooring.
Vacuum upholstered furniture at least once per week. Leather or vinyl upholstery may be a better choice as it is harder for the dust to penetrate. Heavy drapes should be avoided and window covering should be cleaned regularly. Read the rest of this entry »