Asthma is amongst the most commonly found respiratory problems in India and worldwide. Statistics indicates that a large chunk of the population is suffering from the acute respiratory problem. Experts say that the number of patients is going to increase exponentially in the coming years.
At Apple Pulmonology and Sleep Center, we offer the best treatment for this troublesome ailment. Dr Mohan K T, the renowned Pulmonologist treats the patients using his expertise and experience. He completed his MD from the US in Internal Medicine and General Physician. He is also ABPM(USA), FCCP(USA). With a vast experience of treating patients since 1993, he gets a great acclaim in the treatment of Asthma and Diabetes.
Dr Mohan K.T expert in treating Asthma with powerful Salt Therapy, a natural treatment method. It is an ancient Greek method of simulating the natural salt cave microclimate which brings incredible improvement in Asthma patients.
What is Asthma?
The medical definition says that it is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airway which makes breathing difficult. As the tubes that fill air into the lungs swell, the patient gasps for Oxygen and becomes incredibly restless. Asthma triggers or allergens are responsible for the swelling.
Typically, shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and congestion in the chest are the common symptoms. However, the patterns may vary from patient to patient.
Since it is a chronic life-long ailment, there is always a chance of symptoms erupting suddenly. However, it is possible to manage it by keeping the lifestyle healthy and avoiding Asthmatic triggers.
When we breathe, the total process gets completed in two steps; inhaling and exhaling. When we inhale the air through our nostrils, it traverses to the lungs via trachea or windpipe. As it goes further, it reaches to a mesh of branching airways called Bronchi. The bronchi branches into tiny bronchioles which subsequently gets branched into tiny air sacs. The sacs are millions in number.
Oxygen in the air gets absorbed through the thin walls of the air sacs and subsequently to the blood vessels. Red blood cells carry the oxygen to the whole body.
In normal breathing, there is a small amount of mucus in the airways. Muscles make contraction and expansion movements smoothly, and there is no interruption to the airflow. The body gets oxygen in the required amount.
In Asthmatic Breathing, high amount of mucus secretes, narrowing the airways. Smaller airways get completely choked by the mucus causing a shortage of air. Muscles constrict and narrow down the airways further.
Healthy lungs inhale and exhale air almost effortlessly, and we don't even take a note of it. As the air flows to the air sacks via wind pipe and bronchi, they expand. Blood vessels supply the Oxygen to the body.
Stale air (air containing Carbon-Di-Oxide) is brought to the lungs back, and it is exhaled through the windpipe. Muscles in the airways perform expansion and contraction to inhale and exhale the air. The normal working of lungs gets affected by an Asthmatic attack.
When a person suffers from the attack of Asthma, the airways in the lungs get blocked completely, or they become narrow. It obstructs normal breathing and creates great discomfort. Since the condition can be reversed by medication, the disease is known as Reversible Obstructive Airway Disease. Experts say that Asthma is actually a reaction of the body to a particular or non-specific stimulating agent.
In Asthmatic lungs, airways lose the capability of constricting the irritant factors or stimuli. Asthmatic airways "overreact" to the irritant and contract. Also, these airways are more susceptible to infection that causes inflammation and over-production of mucus. Both of the aspects clog the airways further, and the situation becomes worst.
Due to obstructed airways, Asthmatic lungs can't exhale the stale air which has a high concentration of Carbon-dioxide. It increases the acidity in the blood which may reach to toxic levels if the ailment remains untreated.
Living with Asthma
It is very much possible to live with Asthma if you make an action plan with the consultation to the doctor. Taking medicines regularly and identifying Asthma Triggers at the early stage can keep it very much under control. Regular checkup helps considerably.
Patients who are prescribed with inhalers should always keep with them whether they are indoors or outdoors. Inhalers offer quick relief from Asthmatic symptoms. Long-term medicines should be taken without fail.
Keeping a note of Asthmatic Triggers helps a lot. Doctors get a fair idea about the probable cause, and they can derive an action plan based on it.
These small yet effective steps help you in living with Asthma. At Apple Pulmonology and Sleep Center, Dr Mohan K T trains you about the tricks of managing the disease well. He looks into each case minutely and derives a specific action plan to cope up with it.