Do you know that asthma is a condition that could affect dogs and humans alike? I just realized this when I brought my dogs to their veterinarian for a regular checkup and met a dog owner whose pet suffered from asthma. I could hardly imagine how it will be like for dogs to have an asthma attack.
As a nurse, I have encountered numerous cases of patients being rushed to the ER because of an asthma attack. Although some patients are able to manage their attacks without having to go to the hospital, some patients who are experiencing acute asthma attacks need immediate medical attention. These are patients who have severe difficulty in breathing and who are experiencing chest tightness.
Unlike other lung problems such as fluid in lungs which can be difficult to prevent, asthma attacks can be prevented. One way is to avoid exposure to allergens such as dust, smoke and pollution. It would also help if the patient avoids foods containing sulfites (in certain snack foods and baked goods) as this substance could also trigger an attack.
Aside from avoiding the common triggers, there are also home remedies for asthma that could help prevent attacks. I have listed here some of the more popular home remedies I know:
According to some researchers, ginger can be helpful in reducing the inflammation in the airways. It can also inhibit airway contraction which could affect a person’s breathing during an attack. As a home remedy, you could mix equal parts honey and ginger juice and then consume at least one tablespoon of the mixture at least twice a day. Alternatively, you could also mix one half cup of water with one teaspoon of ground ginger and then drink it before bedtime.
Figs contain properties that can also alleviate any breathing difficulties and promote overall respiratory health. If you have asthma, figs may be able to help you prevent an attack. You could soak at least three dried figs in one cup of water overnight. In the morning after waking up, eat the soaked figs then drink the water. You could make this a routing for several months until you notice an improvement in your asthma symptoms.
To prevent future asthma attacks, you may also use garlic as a home remedy. It is known to be a good remedy for lung congestion and asthma symptoms. You could boil at least 10 cloves of garlic in half a cup of milk and then drink it every day until your condition has improved.
The caffeine in pure coffee acts as bronchodilator which can help in controlling asthma attacks. It can also help relax the airways and aid in breathing. You could drink one to two cups of black coffee a day for several weeks. But do not use it as a regular treatment.
The best way to manage asthma is to know and avoid its triggers and be able to work with your health care provider. That is why it is important to consult your doctor before taking in home remedies.