Allergic reactions are among the most universal medical problems affecting Americans in our day. An allergy is an immune system response to a stimulus from the environment. The body wrongly sees the stimulus as harmful, and attempts to combat it, causing the symptoms of an allergic reaction. The frequent symptoms include a running or itching nose, wheezing, coughing and irritated eyes.
One very widespread type of allergy is asthma. It is a chronic allergy that directly affects the lungs and airways in the body. The airways are easily aggravated by allergens and a thick lining of mucus builds up. Allergens and other stimuli can bring out an asthma attack, including pollen, smoke, temperature changes and humidity changes. Commonly, an asthma attack consists of several respiratory symptoms, including coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing. Another symptom of an attack is shortness of breath.
Symptoms of asthma are caused by the air passages reacting to the allergen or trigger. When exposed to a trigger, the air passages become irritated and constrict, resulting in the respiratory symptoms. These symptoms may range from moderate to ominous, depending on the severity of the allergy. Any asthma symptom can be scary, and should be taken seriously.
Asthma is commonly diagnosed in childhood, as symptoms tend to manifest by the age of five. Presently, it affects around 10% - 12% of all children, and has been steadily growing. There is no explicit known reason for the growth, but risk factors include exposure to cigarette smoke, other allergies and a history of other respiratory infections. In addition, the odds of being diagnosed are raised in males and African Americans.
At present, there are many different types of asthma medications and methods of treatment that may effectively reduce symptoms. Two major types of asthma medication are fast-acting medicine to treat symptoms during an attack, and preventing medicine, which is taken repeatedly to diminish the chance of having an attack. Short-acting Beta-2 Antagonists (SABAs) are bronchodilators, which is a type of fast acting drug that assists in opening air passages and alleviating the symptoms of an attack, and are typically administered through asthma inhalers. This type of medicine doesn't treat the inflammation that causes an attack, but is helpful when taken during an attack, and will last for three to six hours after it is given.
Controlling asthma medication is taken on a regular basis and treats the underlying causes of the asthma attacks. The most widespread types of this medicine are asthma inhalers containing a steroid that reduces inflammation in the air passageways and lungs and Long-Acting Beta-2 Antagonists (LABAs). The effects of long-acting asthma inhalers typically last for twelve hours, and may lower the number of attacks that happen during sleep. Various medications have very serious side effects for some people.
Various types of asthma treatment alternative therapies are currently becoming more popular. A few alternative approaches focus just on precautional care, like not smoking during pregnancy or around children, including a selenium-rich diet or removing sources of allergens in the home. Other treatment methods include reducing weight, increasing Omega-3 intake, decreasing Omega-6 intake, relaxation techniques, acupuncture and hypnotherapy. It is important to note that any type of alternative therapy is intended to be used along with medical advice, while fast-acting medications are frequently required for an acute asthma attack.
One modality that is turning more popular is self-hypnosis or hypnotherapy. Hypnosis treatment of asthma has the aim of triggering relaxation, which can help to prevent or eliminate your symptoms when having an asthma attack. Other alternative types of asthma treatment also employ relaxation as a way to combat symptoms, such as with meditation programs.
Using hypnosis, the individual can treat the emotional aspects of an attack, which have the capacity to make an attack much more intense. It is only human nature to get scared or feel vulnerable when we experience our air supply being cut off. This instinctual reaction actually may heighten the severity of an attack. Similar feelings of fear and apprehension about having an attack can actually bring on an attack. These emotional causes and responses are managed with the asthma treatment method of hypnotism.
Hypnotherapy has been established to be a highly useful asthma treatment. With a trained hypnotherapist, or using one of the several recorded programs on hand, one can quickly glide into a relaxed hypnotic state, and begin to take charge over breathing and bodily functions. One of the best techniques is to learn how to practice hypnotism to actually abort an oncoming attack. The self-hypnosis method of asthma treatment is tremendously successful, and may work well for those who can't take or don't want to take prescription medication on a regular basis. The choice of asthma treatment depends both on the seriousness of your symptoms and what type of treatment that works well for your symptoms.
Alan B. Densky, CH is certified by the NGH. He has perfected several hypnotherapeutic techniques that are effective asthma treatments. His Neuro-VISION self-hypnosis website offers a broad range of hypnosis CDs. Visit and enjoy Free self-hypnosis videos, newsletters, and articles.