Discovering A Successful Asthma Alternative: Define Your Alternatives

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Start at the beginning. If you are trying to find a successful asthma alternative treatment; starting at the beginning is necessary. It is the logical place to begin. But in some instances patients looking for a solution don't even think about where they're starting in the first place. They just jump in! Most of these patients end up jumping in to the very middle of the issue, effectively jumping over the beginning as well as any opportunity they had of making the most of the possibility for success as they look for for an effective treatment.

Asthma is a term with Greek origins. It meant "gasp" originally. Asthma is a condition that affects more than 300 million individuals throughout the world. It is responsible for approx. 250,000 fatalities each year. In the last 4 decades the number of asthmatic cases has been increasing drastically. Prognosis for most is good as long as appropriate treatment is accessed.

Asthma is usually a chronic condition. It's an inflammatory disease affecting the patient's airways. The condition is characterized by several different, often recurring symptoms. These can include: airflow obstruction, bronchospasm, shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, tightness in the chest, and more.

It's vital to identify the particular symptoms that give a patient trouble in relation to their asthma condition. This information can be used to find a successful asthma alternative treatment that will provide relief from severe symptoms and potential relief from asthmatic episodes entirely. Many have to use the trial and error method to come upon the treatment method that is most successful against their particular case of asthma.

Many find a successful asthma alternative from the following effective therapies:

1. short-acting beta-2 agonist (for instance salbutamol)

2. Allergen avoidance

3. Leukotriene antagonists or other inhaled corticosteroids (generally seen as less effective; therefore they are less popular)

4. Ipratropium bromide or other anticholinergic medications

5. Epinephrine (inhaled)

6. oral steroids

7. LABD, long acting beta-adrenoceptor agonists, in combination with a steroid

8. Zafirlukast or other leukotriene antagonist

Working with an experienced allergist is necessary in order for allergy patients to determine which treatment option will be a successful asthma alternative treatment. One particular treatment can provide absolutely amazing results for one patient while failing to do so for the next. Trial and error will typically eventually lead to a successful treatment choice; especially if patients are guided by an allergist.

Some instances of asthma resist treatment. These cases can be more dangerous. When an asthma attack occurs in a patient whose condition resists conventional treatments...emergency measure may be necessary:

1. oxygen to alleviate hypoxia

2. magnesium sulfate intravenous therapy

3. heloix (this refers to a helium and oxygen mixture)

4. intravenous salbutamol (in very extreme cases it may be used, but little evidence supports its effectiveness)

5. methylxanthines like theophylline

Because of the wide variety and sheer number of symptoms as well as the way that asthma presents differently in different patients...the help of an allergist can be instrumental in finding the appropriate therapy. A successful asthma alternative therapy will often drastically relieve the condition's symptoms and the effects can be long term.

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This article was published on 2010/09/29