Im Sick: Getting through this Cold & Flu Season

It’s that time of year for respiratory exacerbation. Asthma, flu, pneumonia, RSV, bronchitis, COPD, emphysema, and so much more.

Today we are going to focus on asthma.

What is Asthma

Asthma is a common health condition and people of all ages and sizes. It is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airway. A flare up can be caused by many things: allergen, bacteria, etc. This causes a reaction in the airway cause airway obstruction. When this occurs, mast cells(found in connective tissue) release histamine(an organic compound involved in inflammatory response with a role as a mediator of itching) which cause bronchial (airway branches inside the lungs)irritation. This ultimately leads to constriction , spasms, and obstruction.

An acute Asthma Attack requires emergency treatment.

If left untreated this can rest in respiratory failure and/or death.

Signs And Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of asthma include shortness of breath, wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and cough. Symptoms are usually worse and early in the morning or late in the night hours.

Signs of acute asthma attack include worsening shortness of breath decrease in air flow, feeling of being trapped, unable to breathe, hypoxia

Precipatants And Triggers

Allergens such as trees pollen air pollution and spores, irritants such as tobacco smoke and outdoor sprays, exposure to occupational irritants, exercise, cold air, changes in weather / temperature, environmental change such as being in a new environment / school / job, animals, medications such as aspirin, strong emotions such as fear, anger, laughing, or crying, foods such as nuts, milk and dairy products and much more.

Natural and Alternative Therapies

The first and foremost important thing is HANDWASHING. Wash hand prior to eating, after using the restroom, and after coming in contact with any body fluid. 

Natural and alternative therapies to manage asthma and other respiratory diseases.

Chest Physiotherapy
Includes breathing exercises and physical training. This therapy strengthens the respiratory muscles and produce efficient breathing patterns. This is more of a preventative measure and not recommended during an acute episode are exacerbation.

Allergen control
Testing to identify allergen, used measures to prevent and reduce exposure.

Homecare / family therapy measures
Eliminate environmental allergens, avoid extreme temperatures avoid exposure to others with respiratory infection especially during acute episode, educate child and parent on how to recognize early symptoms of an asthma attack or an asthma flare-up, encourage adequate sleep and a well-balanced diet
Educate and encourage importance of fluid intake to liquify Secretions
And the importance of expelling those secretions, encourage the child to Cough effectively,

Nutrition/vitamin supplements Recommendations

Vitamin D 
Milk, eggs and fish such as salmon all contain vitamin D.
You can get Free Vitamin D from the sun!!

How Can Reiki Help with Asthma

As stated earlier once cause & trigger for asthma flare or exacerbation is anxiety and or emotional stress. Reiki is a spiritual practice that also can help relieve stress and anxiety, which in turn help to ease many symptoms of Asthma and other respiratory diseases. It can help you to begin to find relief from many of these symptoms. Reiki can help you to begin your healing in your life.

Essential Oil Recommendations

Essential oil recommendations

Peppermint oil
Lavender oil

Home Remedies

Lemon & honey to soothe airway
Humidifiers to keep air moist and ease breathing
Purifier to clean air and clear pollutants

Please comment below if you have any additional advice questions or concerns

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