Stress can wreck havoc on your health. And if you have asthma, you no doubt know that stress can cause asthma symptoms. The signs and symptoms of stress range from the benign to the dramatic – from simply feeling tired at the end of the day to having a heart attack. Researchers estimate that 75 percent to 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for complaints and conditions that are, in some way, related to stress. And every week, approximately 112 million people take some form of medication for stress-related symptoms. Combine stress and asthma, and the result can be shortness of breath, panic attacks, a feeling of anxiousness, and a whole lot of worrying. In short, when stress rears its ugly head and you have asthma, you may trigger an asthma attack.“Asthma can be set off by stress, but I am not sure that anyone fully understands why,” says Dr. Marjorie L. Slankard, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Ph...
Every asthmatic should be aware that both humidity and cold air are two very common asthma triggers . So why is this? What can you do about it?
It's been common wisdom for years that the combination of humidity and cold air helps with croup , or swelling of the voice box and trachea. Put a croupy kid in the hot and steamy bathroom and the swelling gets better.
Another method that often works for croup is taking the child outside in the cold winter air. This is why many times when a parent decides to take the child to the hospital, the child is fine by the time they arrive in the emergency room.
This is true for croup, so many doctors of old believed it must also be true for asthma. Yet it was a fallacy, and now -- thankfully -- most doctors are aware of this fallacy. In fact, now doctors are aware that both cold air and humidity can actually trigger an asthma attack.
When I was little boy way back in the 1970s, my pediatrician recommended my...
The drug causing the hypothyroidism must be discontinued if possible. However, do not stop taking prescribed medications without first consulting your healthcare provider, as some may cause unpleasant or even life-threatening reactions if not sopped gradually and slowly, or replaced appropriately.
Levothyroxine, a thyroid replacement hormone, is the most commonly used medication to treat this condition. The dose is adjusted to bring TSH to normal levels. After replacement therapy has begun, report symptoms of increased thyroid activity (hyperthyroidism) -- restlessness , rapid weight loss or sweating -- if they occur.
A high-fiber , low-calorie diet and moderate activity can help relieve constipation and promote weight loss, if a period of lowered thyroid activity has led to weight gain.
With early treatment, return to the normal state is usual. However, hypothyroidism will return if the replacement thera...
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