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Past studies have suggested that fish oil may have positive health benefits, especially for the heart and blood vessels. A recent study published in the January 2006 issue of Chest , a journal put out by the American College of Chest Physicians, suggests that fish oil may also significantly reduce the symptoms of exercise-induced asthma (EIA for short) too. Unfortunately, this study—though well-constructed scientifically—only involved 16 people, so it's difficult to draw conclusions from such a small sampling. Still, the results showed that a "fish oil diet" decreased airway inflammation in EIA to the point that EIA could no longer be detected. The participants also used their inhalers less often—31% less often, in fact. It's also important to note that the levels of fish oil that were consumed were much higher than what you'd find in a fish oil capsule bought at your local drugstore. So getting these results on your own might be difficult. This study ...
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...
Treatment General Approach for Treating and Managing Asthma While medications play an essential role in the management of asthma, appropriate management of asthma involves much more: Identifying and avoiding allergens and other asthma triggers Following appropriate drug treatments Home monitoring performed by either patient or family Good communication between doctor and patient Needed psychosocial support Treatment of asthma in all environments (school, work, exercise) The severity of asthma is classified into four groups: Intermittent, Mild Persistent, Moderate Persistent, and Severe Persistent. Six specific components of severity are used to classify patients. These components are: Symptom frequency, ranging from fewer than 2 days per week to throughout the day Nighttime awakenings, ranging from none to nightly Short-acting beta2-agonist used for symptom control, ranging from 2 or fewer days per week to several times per day Interference with normal activity, ranging from none to extremely limi...
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