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Asthma And The Benefits Of Salt Therapy

Asthma is a chronic disease involving the airways in the lungs. These airways, known as bronchial tubes, allow air to come in and out of the lungs. There is no definite determinant as to who will contract Asthma, but we do know people with a family history of allergies or asthma are more prone to developing asthma than other members of the population.

If you have Asthma, your airways are always going to be somewhat inflamed. An asthma attack will occur however when something triggers the onset of your symptoms. The airways then become even more swollen as the muscles around the airways tighten. This makes it difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs, causing symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness to occur.

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Certain triggers are often caused by allergies and exposure to allergens. Irritants and allergens such as pet dander, dust mites, pollens or molds would be considered triggers to those with Allergic Asthma. Non-allergic type triggers would include smoke, pollution, cold air, exercise, or changes in weather.

The most common symptom of Asthma is wheezing. This is a scratchy or whistling sound that happens when you breathe. Other common symptoms include
•    Shortness of breath
•    Chronic coughing
•    Trouble sleeping due to coughing or wheezing

Although Asthma is considered to be a chronic condition, it can be managed and treated in a number of different ways to improve your quality of life. The most common forms of treatment are doctor prescribed cortal-steroid inhalers that acts quickly to opens airways.     

Alternative treatments that exist include breathing exercises to increase lung air capacity and regulate breathing rhythms when onset of an attack occurs. Environmental treatments such as using Saltair – Home Salt Therapy device have also been proven to be successful in reducing environmental triggers that induce asthma attacks and ease asthma symptoms.

Saltair device works by releasing tiny microscopic particles of salt into the air. As the salt particles are inhaled, the inflammation in the bronchial tubes eases allowing for clear breathing. These inhalable particles of salt help clear the mucus, reduce inflammation, fight infection and naturally ease your symptoms while boosting your respiratory immune system over time. Home salt therapy can act not only to ease the common symptoms and causes of Asthma, but can also act as a preventative agent in your environment for those at risk for an allergic attack

Using the Saltair – Home Salt Therapy device, on a daily basis, will rid your home or work environment of pesky inhalable irritants, pathogens or allergens that act as triggers to those with Allergic Asthma. Pet dander, dust mites, pollens and molds are all common allergic triggers that exist in the home or work environment that a Saltair device can help with. At the same time, it does its work inside of the respiratory system, helping to breathe better and improve well-being.  

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Chronic Cough And The Benefits of Home Salt Therapy

Hello everyone. Today I am going to answer the question that a lot of you have been asking: what is chronic cough? For starters, this is not just a bad cough but one that is going to leave you feeling physically drained. The most severe cases lead to lightheadedness, vomiting and can even fracture your ribs.

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If you have been wheezing or coughing for 8 weeks or more, you most likely have chronic cough. There are many possible reasons that may cause it such as asthma, postnasal drip, tobacco or acid reflux. Coughing on occasion is not bad as it removes secretions and foreign substances in your lungs. But if the coughing goes on for weeks it is usually due to another problem.

One of the most common causes is postnasal drip. If your nose produces too much mucus, it ends up in the back of your throat, causing you to cough. It could also be due to allergic asthma. If that is the case, coughing will be influenced by seasons. It could also get worse if you have an upper respiratory infection or breathe chemicals, fragrances or cold air.

Aside from frequent coughing, other symptoms include a stuffy or runny nose, feeling there is something in the airways and frequent clearing of the throat. Other symptoms are shortness of breath, heartburn and in some cases, coughing with blood, depending on the cause.

Whatever the cause, frequent coughing is tiring and could lead to headaches, urinary incontinence, dizziness, excess sweating and fatigue due to low oxygen level into the bloodstream. The most common treatments are decongestants and antihistamines, but they are nowhere near as effective as you would think and they have side effects that could make things worse. This applies to those acid blockers and antibiotics as well, and it is not wise to rely on these.

A better, healthier chronic cough treatment is Saltair Home Salt Therapy. Saltair is a device that converts saline solution into microscopic salt particles that are released into the indoor air. These breathable salt particles permeate the whole respiratory system, clearing the mucus, reducing inflammation and making it easier for you to breathe. The salt particles penetrate deep into the lungs, to the alveoli, where the oxygen intake takes place. Here they will clear the mucus and increase the oxygen intake into the bloodstream, helping the whole body function better. The salt particles also help in cleaning the indoor air from odors, pollen, fungi, bacteria and viruses.

The ancient Europeans used to treat respiratory infections and coughing by visiting salt caves and breathing the salty air. Now, with the revolutionary portable Saltair device, you can have the same results in the comfort of your home or anywhere you might want to take it.

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Understanding and Fighting Hay Fever

Hay Fever known in medicine as allergic rhinitis, is an allergic inflammation of the nasal mucosa and nasal airways to pollens of any kind of plants, including those used to make hay. The symptoms are similar to those of a common cold or flu: stuffy nose, runny nose, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, inflammation of the nasal passages, sinusitis, breathing difficulty, increased clear watery mucus.

Allergic rhinitis refers generally to an allergic reaction caused by any type of allergen, such us pollen, dust, air pollution, animal dander (shed skin and hair), chemicals, etc.   

 

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Individuals with a sensitive immune system react to these allergens once they are inhaled. The allergens trigger the production of antibody immunoglobulin E (IgE) in such individuals, this causing the release of histamines and other chemicals, resulting in the allergic symptoms described above.

Allergies are very common today and increasing each year. Heredity, developing itself in decrease immunity with each generation, and environmental pollution contribute to a predisposition to allergies. Western countries are more affected and the trend is growing.

Hay fever is usually caused by pollen of specific seasonal plants, most common in spring. However, it is not unusual to suffer from hay fever throughout the year. The pollen that causes hay fever varies by regions and between individuals. The most predominant pollen is the tiny, almost invisible pollen from plants that are pollinated by wind and not those pollinated by insects. Those pollinated by insects have large pollens which are not airborne being too heavy.  

In Japan, the most commonly allergic pollen comes from two native Japanese tree species, used in massive reforestation after the World War II, cryptomeria and Japanese cypress trees.  

In North America, the most common allergic pollen is ragweed, late summer and fall.

What is the treatment in hay fever?… How are allergies diagnosed?
The goal is to prevent and reduce the symptoms in hay fever or allergic rhinitis, as there is not a real understanding of the cause of allergic reaction in western medicine.

Avoiding the allergen is the most effective measure, if it can be applied. To control symptoms, doctors prescribe intranasal corticosteroids, associated or not with oral antihistamines and decongestants. Long term treatment with corticosteroids is not recommended due to the side-effects of prolonged steroid therapy.

Nasal irrigation with saline solution can also help to wipe-off the allergens and clear the nasal passages.

Desensitization to allergens, by immunotherapy or allergy shots, can have some results if it is given for one full year, but it is discontinued if there is no improvement after five years.

Desensitization and increased immunity of respiratory mucosa to allergen have been seen in prolonged aerosol salt therapy. Using home salt therapy on a daily basis, for 7-8 hours a day, for at least three years, greatly improves the respiratory immunity to infections and allergens.  

Complications
Nasal allergy
due to its chronic nature, can cause recurrent sinusitis, malformation of the nasal passages, nasal polyps, otitis media and hearing problems, orthodontic problems and there is a high risk in developing allergic asthma, as the sensitive area grows from the nasal passages to lower respiratory tract.

 

 

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Understanding Respiratory Allergies – Diagnose and Treatment

How are Allergies Diagnosed?

A respiratory allergy can start with a common stuffy nose and eventually progress in time to coughing and difficult breathing.

When visiting a doctor, you will get a series of questions to identify the cause. You would be asked about your exposure and reaction to different allergens, personal and family full medical history to identify allergies that may run in your family and exclude other disorders with similar symptoms.  The doctor may ask you to pay close attention for a period of time to possible allergenic factors and reactions.

The doctor will choose a testing method, most common an allergic skin test. This is done on allergenic groups, such as : food allergies, insect sting, dust/mites, molds-family, common drugs (penicillin-family antibiotics, etc).  A small amount of allergenic substance is scratched on the skin, and after half an hour the doctor looks for a reaction – swelling, itchiness and redness at the site of scratch. That indicates an allergic reaction to the specific allergen scratched on the skin. The doctor may also ask for blood test to look for specific blood markers, such as IgE antibodies associated with allergic reaction.

Before the skin test, the doctor may measure the lung functions and repeat this after inhaling an anti-inflammatory drug, to determine the presence of an inflammatory reaction in the respiratory system.   

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What are the Treatments for Allergies?

The most effective treatment for allergies is to avoid the allergenic triggers. This can be difficult sometimes because some of them cannot be avoided (such as outside mold found all year around in the air) or are not clearly identified.  

The most common medications for allergies are antihistamines which block the body overreaction to allergens. In severe allergic reactions, anti-inflammatory steroids are usually prescribed and in emergency situations, epinephrine injections (epipen) are used to bring quick relief and restore normal breathing.

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The allergic reactions can manifest as skin allergies, respiratory allergies or even other body general symptoms, such as diarrhea, headaches, etc.

Skin allergies are known as atopic dermatitis (eczema) and contact dermatitis.  They are treated usually topical, with hydrocortisone or other anti-inflammatory steroid, or sometimes orally.  

Respiratory allergies can manifest in different ways. Sometimes the symptoms are localized only in the upper respiratory system, mostly nasal passages, but they can progress with time and affect the lung functions as well. Hay fever or allergic rhinitis, when the nasal passages are affected, is usually treated with nasal corticosteroid spray on long term.

When the lung functions are affected as a result of allergens, allergic asthma is diagnosed. The symptoms here include: coughing, difficult breathing or shortness of breath, low oxygen level in the blood, as a result of allergic inflammation on the respiratory system.  Read more here about types of  asthma and treatment.

For food, insect stings and drug allergies the best treatment is to avoid the food and drugs that cause an allergic reaction. If the reaction is not strong the doctor may prescribe antihistamines or topical creams to relieve the itchiness and slow down the reaction.  In severe reactions the doctor will prescribe epinephrine injections to prevent an anaphylactic shock.