Consult your healthcare professional or go to hospital:
- If your asthma does not respond to your medication
- If the attack is worsening even after using relieving medication
During an asthma attack the mucous membranes swell and the bronchial tubes go into spasm, breathing is an effort, and the exhalation of air from the lungs becomes more and more difficult. For children this is a very frightening experience
In some individuals foods may cause an adverse reaction that leads to asthma. Clinical studies have shown that egg, fish, shellfish and nuts (in particular peanuts) can cause the immediate onset of asthma.
Delayed onset of asthma may be caused by chocolate, wheat, citrus fruit and colourings, in particular tartrazine ( yellow dye food additive number 102).
Other foods such as those high in amine or salicylate could also be the cause of allergic symptoms such as asthma.
Unfortunately many individuals may suffer from multiple allergies and if this is the case then time will be needed to establish all allergy problems.
Asthma attacks may also be caused by small particles of feathers, pollen, dust, mould, animal dander, air pollution and fly sprays etc. These allergens can aggravate the bronchial tubes in sensitive children or adults, causing an asthma attack.
Medical management is required for the treatment of asthma. Complementary therapy includes:
- Vitamin C to reduce the sevierity of symptoms of allergic reactions.
- Omega-3 fatty acids helps to sooth the inflamed respiratory tissue
Life Style Factors
Avoid dairy products, as they increase the body’s tendency to form mucus. Light exercise can help reduce asthma frequency in some individuals.
- If you smoke, stop smoking – it causes the build-up of toxic material in the lungs.
- Always wear protective masks when exposed to fumes or sources of industrial pollution.
- Avoid any foods or dusts that are known to cause problems.