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Asthma & Other Severe Allergic Reactions
Asthma attacks are when the airways in the lungs swell up, making the person wheeze and have trouble breathing. The airways clog up with extra mucous and the muscles that surround them go into spasms, which makes breathing even harder.
Asthma attacks are often triggered by allergies. Asthma consists of wheezing, coughing and tightness in the chest caused by the inflammation of the bronchioles, the tubes that carry air within the lungs. Asthma can also make mucus glands work overtime, producing a thick, sticky fluid that congests the airways.
The popular beverages coffee, tea, caffeinated cola drinks, cocoa and
chocolate are derived from plants and count as herbal products. And
they all contain caffeine as well as other compounds that may help fend
off asthma. In a pinch, if caught without your medication, people with
asthma could drink a few cups of coffee, which is a potent bronchodilator.
Actually, coffee, tea, caffeinated cola drinks, cocoa and chocolate have
more than caffeine. All reportedly contain two other major natural
anti-asthmatic compounds, theobromine and theophylline. These
chemicals help stop brochospasms and open constricted bronchical passages.
Levels of these anti-asthmatic compounds vary, depending on the strength
of the brew. These compounds are not, however, risk-free and can cause
insomnia and the jitters.
Link - There is Mayo
Clinic research showing the fungus as a cause of
chronic sinusitis. Since the sinuses are
connected to the lungs, could not the fungus also be in
Here is a
show from Know
the Cause which explores the link between fungus
and asthma. And an article COPD
& Asthma - Addressing the Underlying Cause
C can help reduce the number of attacks and also make them less severe.
Vitamin C lowers your histamine production so your allergies won't trigger an asthma attack. The antioxidant effect of Vitamin C protects your lungs and airways against damage from your own free radicals and from outside air pollution.
Vitamin B6 - Some people have experienced decreased frequency and
intensity of asthma attacks by taking 50 milligrams of vitamin B6, twice
As Asthma is a serious health problem, if you are taking medication - even nonprescription drugs -
don't stop. Talk to your doctor about taking supplements and
find a nutritionist who can help you
Some people have been known to have severe reactions to certain substances. It is known as
anaphylaxis. Most allergic reactions are just annoying involving sneezing, itching, watery eyes and hives. However, the life threatening allergies must receive medical attention within about a half an hour. Anaphylaxis develops suddenly after ingestion of a substance that a person is extremely allergic to. Symptoms include difficult breathing, collapse and convulsions. If these develop, call 911 and say "suspected anaphylaxis".
Help for this:
To find out what you
are allergic to before you react, you should have a
nutritionist test you to see what foods, etc. you
should stay away from as well as what supplements
might help you with this problem. To find
a nutritionist that can do this go to Find
For your health:
A good daily vitamin
and mineral regime also goes a long way to relieve
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