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This winter control asthma with inhalation therapy (Health Notes)


Whether youre indoors or outdoors, winter will exacerbate attacks. Winter is the most loved season, but it might be unpleasant for patients with

An fact-sheet states that is one of the most and currently affects about 7.1 million children under 18 years. The World Organisation Global Burden of Study estimates that 13.8 million disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) are lost yearly due to asthma, representing 1.8 per cent of the burden.

For 300 million people around the globe suffering from asthma, the cold winter months often lead to a worsening of their symptoms.

The cold environment it not suitable for patients. Their lungs and airway passages are quite sensitive. To a larger extent, asthma symptoms related to winter can be in controlled and managed by precise treatment and medication. Due to the swelling in the lining of the airways which leads to their narrowing, and the sticky mucus or phlegm build-up that blocks the airways, breathing is difficult and forced for asthmatic patients.

During winter, the cold air causes airways to tighten further, making it even more difficult to breathe.

Many patients and their family members are misinformed about the causes of asthma and the treatment options available. It is a necessity to educate patients and caregivers about the and treatment with minimal side-effects of inhaled corticosteroids, i.e.

Many are running campaigns to bust myths around Often, the word steroids evokes apprehensions in the minds of patients causing them to shy away from inhalers. The steroid is produced by the human body naturally to deal with and it is also safe for children and pregnant women. The consists of an pump to send the corticosteroids into airway passages.

According to a research article published in Respiratory journal, the correlation between inhalation therapy for asthma and clinical efficacy is positive, with improved symptom-control and lung-function shown in most studies of adults, adolescents and children.

In the inhalation therapy, the of the airway requires a very small quantity of corticosteroids -- around 25 to 100 micrograms -- but when it is consumed through the oral/intestinal route the amount administered is very large -- about 10,000 micrograms, since only a fraction of the drug reaches the lungs. This means that every time an asthma patient pops a pill or a tablet, he/she is actually taking almost 200 times the amount of medication required, leading to ill-effects on

Inhalation therapy directly gives body only that amount of steroid needed to control the symptoms. Against this, oral medication first gets dissolved in the blood and then reaches various organs, including the lungs.

Thus, inhalation therapy is a simple and easy solution for asthma patients to enjoy their winter to the fullest.

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First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 11:08 IST