Clinical condition resembling Asthma like difficult breathing is commonly seen in Bronchitis. Bronchitis is an inflammation of the main air passages (bronchi) to lungs it is of 2 types acute and chronic. Both types cause cough which can bring up yellow or green mucus, shortness of breath and chest tightness.
Asthma is defined as a common chronic disorder of the airways characterized by variable and recurring symptoms. When someone suffers from Asthma, certain triggers cause the muscle around the walls of the airways to tighten so that the airway becomes inflamed and starts to swell often with production of sticky mucus or phlegm making breathing difficult.
Common asthma triggers include animals (pet hair or dander), dust, changes in weather (most often cold weather), chemicals in the air or in food, exercise, mold, pollen, Respiratory infections such as the common cold, strong emotions (stress), tobacco smoke.
Common symptoms of asthma in a steady-state may include any one or all of the following: Nighttime coughing, shortness of breath with exertion but no dyspnoea at rest, a chronic ‘throat-clearing’ type cough and complaints of a tight feeling in the chest. Cough may sometimes produce clear sputum.
Self Care Tips
- Take adequate rest. Steam inhalation helps decrease bronchial irritation.
- Drink plenty of fluids to maintain proper hydration.
- Fever can be lowered down by using cold sponging methods.
- As a preventive measure avoid smoking and stay away from air pollutants.
Warning Signs: Report to the Doctor
- Severe coughing & breathlessness that interferes with rest of sleep,
- Fever continuing beyond four to five days to rule out Pneumonia.
- Coughing up blood, rust-colored sputum or an increased amount of green phlegm.
Incipient stages of breathlessness due to Respiratory affections can be countered by Dr. Bakshi’s formulation for Asthmatic Condition. For persistence or worsening of symptoms take medical advice.
Homeopathy Composition: Arsenicum album 8x, Belladonna 30x, Bryonia alba 12x, Kali. Phosporicum 30x, Natrum mur 30x, Natrum sulph. 200x, Veratrum alb 30x, Eriodictyon g. (Yerba santa) 12x, Dispensed in globules
Indications: Helps relieve breathlessness and cough of Bronchitis & Asthma thus improving Airflow.
Adults: 4 pills, 4 times a day.
Children: 3 pills, 3 times a day.
In severe cases 4 pills, every 2 hours, 6-8 times a day, may be taken or as advised by the physician,
Maintenance Dose: Once or twice daily for a minimum 16-20 weeks.