Asthma is defined as a chronic inflamatory disease of airways characterized by increased sensitivity of the respiratory system to a variety of stimuli. There is wide spread narrowing of the air passages with outbursts of difficulty in breathing, cough, and wheezing. There are acute episodes mixed with symptom-free periods. Clinicallythe patient seems to recover completely after an attack.However, few times, the patient experiences some degree of airway obstruction daily. In unusual circumstances, acute episodes can cause death. Bronchial asthma occurs at all ages but predominantly in early life.
From an etiologic standpoint,genetic, environmental factors, such as viruses, occupational exposures, and allergens,contribute to its initiation and continuance.
The diagnosis of asthma is establishedby demonstrating reversible airway obstruction. Diagnosis is made by spirometry. Positive whealand-flare reactions to skin tests can be demonstratedto various allergens, but such findings donot necessarily correlate with the intrapulmonaryevents. Sputum and blood eosinophilia and measurementof serum IgE levels are also helpful but are not specific for asthma.
Elimination of the causative agent is the most successful means available for treating this condition. The available agents for treating asthma can be: drugs that inhibit smooth-musclecontraction, i.e., the so-called "quick relief medications" (beta-adrenergicagonists and anticholinergics) and agents that preventand/or reverse inflammation, i.e., the "long-term control medications"(glucocorticoids, long-acting beta 2-agonists, mast cell-stabilizing agents etc.)
Homoeopathy can cure asthma. The length of the treatment or for cure would, however, vary from case to case. Factors like duration and severity of asthma and individual response to homoeopathic medicines decides the course and length of treatment
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