ASTHMA & ALLERGY

Asthma is a condition in which the airways (breathing pipes) narrow and swell and produce extra mucus (phlegm). This can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.

Each patient may have one or all of the symptoms. It can sometimes start to interfere with daily activities and may lead to a life-threatening asthma attack. Increasing pollution in the National capital Region in India is causing an exponential rise in the prevalence of Asthma here. Patients here continue to suffer from chronic cough and wheezing for years and are prescribed cough syrups and courses of antibiotics by general practioners before reaching the right diagnosis of Asthma.

For many asthma sufferers, timing of these symptoms is closely related to physical activity. And, some otherwise healthy people can develop asthma symptoms only when exercising. This is called exercise-induced asthma (EIA). Staying active is an important way to stay healthy, so asthma shouldn’t keep you on the sidelines. People with a family history of allergies or asthma are more prone to developing asthma. Many people with asthma also have allergies. This is called allergic asthma. Occupational asthma is caused by inhaling fumes, gases, dust or other potentially harmful substances while on the job. Childhood asthma impacts millions of children and their families. In fact, the majority of children who develop asthma do so before the age of five.

Asthma can be easily diagnosed by a good clinical history, clinical evaluation and a spirometry test. Sometimes some blood tests and a chest X-ray may be required. There is no cure for asthma, but once it is properly diagnosed and a treatment plan is in place you will be able to manage your condition, and your quality of life will improve. It is very unusual in this day and age for patients to be admitted with Asthma. So many patients of Asthma are able to play competitive sports; so can you lead a normal life with Asthma. Our experts are best qualified in helping you understand your disease better and work out an Asthma Action Plan for you