Thursday, June 21, 2007

Are Air Purifiers Beneficial for Asthmatics?

Environmental studies have revealed that the air inside homes is dirtier than the air outside. People living in congested homes or localities usually live in dirty air.


The best way to deal with this problem is to purchase a good air purifier. An air purifier is a device that cleans the air. It assists in air purification by freeing the air from pollutants and contaminants.


Air purifiers are very beneficial for people suffering from allergies due to air pollutants, and asthma. The allergy inducing particles may come as dust or pollen, pet dander or mold spores.


A home air purifier removes these particles. It also provides protection against hazardous smoke particles and airborne gases that may intrude into the house and bedrooms. It offers a great protection against second hand smoke. Air purifiers convert the dirty and contaminated air into clean air and offer a morning fresh aroma to the whole house.


Different air purifiers use different air purification techniques including mechanical filters, adsorbents like charcoal, and electrostatic charges or ionizers. The additional setups include germicidal UV light and the emission of ions into the air to react with contaminants, making them harmless enough to breathe.


Benefits of air purifiers for asthmatics:


Air purifiers alleviate asthma, and the best air purifier can totally remove the causes by providing high quality air purification. It improves the living of asthma sufferers by air filtration, reducing the dust floating in the air, filtering second hand smoke, and purifying the air of chemical pollutants, car exhaust fumes or other contaminants.


Controversy:


The critics of air purifiers opine that the air purifiers don’t offer any significant help to asthma sufferers. They feel that the media has over hyped the devices, and that they can’t completely purify the air. Air purifiers can’t provide complete protection against secondhand smoke, and cannot completely remove carbon monoxide.


The ionizing air purifiers are particularly under fire. They have kicked up a row that all ionizing models produce ozone (O3 poisonous allotrope of oxygen) that can worsen asthma and decrease lung function. Recent studies are supporting the fact.


About The Author


Paul MacIver writes articles on a variety of topics. For further information on home air purifiers visit http://ultimate-air-purifiers.info or http://www.about-air-ionizers.info to read more about air purification equipment. You are welcome to reprint this article only if this resource box is included, and links are intact.


Asthmatics – Don't Suffer At Altitude!

Some kinds of exercise cause problems for asthmatics. Activities like climbing and skiing have an additional problem. Not only are there the exercise problems, but the altitude itself can cause an additional challenge of its own.


It is possible that people with asthma are more likely to be affected by altitude sickness. But what is altitude sickness? And why should asthma sufferers be more likely to suffer from it?


Simply put, people who live at lower altitudes can become ill when they visit high areas. They can feel light-headed, suffer from headache, suffer from fatigue, insomnia and palpitations, or experience lack of appetite, diarrhoea and abdominal pain.


One of the most acute collections of symptoms is around breathing difficulties; liquid accumulates in the lungs.


Will altitude affect your asthma?


The conditions are high altitudes are often dry and cold, and these conditions tend to worsen or trigger asthma. If your asthma is triggered by cold conditions, you might find that high altitudes are a problem, as the air temperature usually decreases at higher altitudes.


Bear in mid, though, that fit, healthy people with well-controlled asthma should have no problems coping with high altitudes, provided that they go up slowly. Recognise and accept your limitations. Make sure you have all your medicines with you. You may need to adjust your dose, and to plan your intake before, through and after your activity.


But be careful. In freezing conditions, pressurized inhalers may not work properly. They should be warmed (e.g. in the hands) before use.


Take it easy


Climbing and skiing can be very strenuous exercise and may trigger exercise-induced asthma in some people.


Some kinds of asthma may be eased


If your asthma is triggered by house-dust mites, you may even find that your asthma improves. Surprised? Why should this be? Simply because the house-dust mite cannot survive at altitudes higher than 'the snow line'.


Take time to acclimatize


People with asthma who fly directly into a place that is at high altitude will not have time to acclimatize and may experience problems. So talk to your doctor so that the altitude if you're flying to a high-altitude destination several weeks before you leave. This will allow you time to work out a personal asthma action plan for the trip.


Your plan might involve increasing your preventer treatment for several weeks before the trip to give the airways extra protection. Or measuring peak flow while away to determine how altitude is affecting your lung function. Or even simple things like ensuring that you have enough medication and backup medication.


Take care when exercising


Make sure you feel right at any particular altitude before going higher. If you start feeling breathless, slow down. Drink plenty of water, and eat small snacks often to prevent altitude sickness. And, do tell your fellow climbers and skiers that you're asthmatic.


Remember to take everything in stages, talk to your doctor and keep your medicines to hand, and you should have a better time this winter.


About The Author


David Drinkall is a life-long asthma sufferer, and owner of AsthmaExperience.com - http://www.asthmaexperience.com. He can be contacted at enquiries@asthmaexperience.com.


Asthma Education Information You MUST Consider Before Marriage... If Both Of You Are Asthmatic

Love can be a very strong feeling that can survive any difficulty that comes to a relationship. Think carefully though when it comes to deciding if children are right for you if both you and your intended spouse have asthma. Hereditary issues can increase the risk of having children who will end up suffering with asthma!


Is it love if two people knowingly bring a child into the world to go through life with the physical and psychological challenges because of asthma? There are many stresses and strains on a marriage without the problems of dealing with asthmatic children.


As you already know, asthmatic children, like you, can radically change the dynamic of a family. One of the major causes of asthma are hereditary factors. In many cases, asthma is passed from a parent to the child. So, if both of you have asthma, it is most likely that one will pass it over to your children if greatly increased. This is not a certainty, but the chances of it happening are very high and something that should be considered.


It has been confirmed by some experts that a person who has a parent with asthma is three to six times far more likely to develop asthma during his life time than a person who doesn't have a parent with asthma.


If this statement is true, then it is true also that if both parents have asthma, the chance of the child having asthma goes up dramatically. Statistically speaking, 40% of children who have asthmatic parents will eventually grow up and develop asthma!


So, am I saying couples who have asthma should not get married?


Not necessarily.


Instead couples with asthma need to recognize that this may be a very real possibility in the future. They should have a complete understanding of what could be the result of their getting married and be prepared to handle it.


There is no point regretting later in life when you start having children who have asthma. It is best to know what to expect and be prepared to handle it.


Talk to your doctor and get his or her advice and be prepared on the things to do to make the condition favorable if you eventually give birth to children with asthma.


This is necessary because early detection of asthma can help protect your baby's life than if you were not aware of it at all.


If couples with asthma know what to expect, they would be better prepared to deal with it than if they were ignorant.


So, before getting married as asthmatic victims, understand what to expect regarding the possibility of asthmatic children.


About The Author


Abigail Franks writes on a variety of subjects which include family, health, and Home. For More information on Asthma and Asthma treatment options go to http://www.asthma-treatment-resources.com and http://www.asthma-treatment-resources.com/asthma-education.html

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Colostrum May Help Prevent Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

A 2003 study by the Health Sciences Department of the University of South Australia suggests that taking concentrated bovine colostrum supplements could reduce the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections.


The study involved subjects being randomly allocated to consume 60g/day of Colostrum for eight weeks, then examining their occurrence of symptoms. Results from the first week were kept separate from those from the last seven weeks.


The results showed that during the first week of supplementation, there was no measurable difference in symptoms in the proportion of subjects taking the supplement as opposed to those who didn't. During the subsequent seven weeks, however, a much lower percentage of the subjects taking Colostrum reported upper respiratory infection related symptoms.


Symptom duration, however, did not differ. This suggests that the immune benefits achieved by Colostrum can be very good in terms of being a preventative, but that it does not have any measurable effect on an infection once it has already taken hold. That is why it is important to use Colostrum properly, as a preventative, and not depend on it to cure illness.


These overall results of this research study show that while Concentrated Bovine Colostrum doesn't take effect immediately, it does have definite immune enhancing and infection preventing effects when taken consistently, over an extended period of time.


About The Author


Jeremy Maddock is the webmaster of http://www.immunewellness.com - your source for high quality information about a variety of health products, including Colostrum (www.immunewellness.com/colostrum.htm).


Lungs - The Respiration Necessity

The lungs are massive vessel-like organs in the chest cavity. They are the largest and most essential part of the respiration system. The air we breathe enters and exits our lungs through two passages; the bronchioles and the bronchi. Lungs' main responsibility is to take oxygen from the atmosphere and transport it into the bloodstream. It then excretes carbon dioxide from blood into the atmosphere. This gas exchange happens through specialized cells that form many millions of thin-walled air sacs. Some non-respiratory functions are also performed by the lungs.


In single celled bacteria and other small organisms, the respiration process of gas exchange can happen through simple diffusion. In large organisms, however, this is impossible, because a very small amount of cells in large organisms are located close enough to the surface for diffusion to take place. Two major changes made it possible for all organisms to attain multi-cellularity. One being an efficient circulatory system to transport gases to and from all tissues in the body. The other is a large respiratory system. The respiratory system centralizes the responsibility of collecting oxygen from the atmosphere and brings it into the body, where it can be rapidly sent to tissues through the circulatory system.


Lungs also have several jobs that do not include the respiratory function. A main job for the lungs is to protect the heart. They surround the heart and act as cushions to soften any blow that the heart may have to endure. Without this padding, simply bumping into someone could be fatal. Another responsibility of this organ is to influence the concentration of biologically active drugs and other substances which are used in medicine. Filtering out small blood clots formed in the systemic veins is another task performed by the lungs.



About The Author

Tyler Brooker is the owner and operator of Lungs Spot - http://www.lungsspot.com, which is the best site on the internet for all lungs related information.