We often think of heart health as the determining factor in our overall wellness, but we may be missing the mark. Lung capacity affects our health and is often overlooked. A patient with high blood pressure finds it utmost critical to get his/her BP check on regular interval. As this help them to monitor BP level. In the same manner, an asthmatic patient or people who feel breathless should make a point to get their lung capacity check. The check-up will help you ‘know your lung number’. The number is obtained through simple and inexpensive tests like spirometry test or pulmonary test.
Spirometry measures airflow, by measuring how much air you exhale, and how quickly you exhale, spirometry can evaluate a broad range of lung diseases. Spirometry measures how well the lungs exhale. Whereas pulmonary function tests are a broad range of tests that measure how well the lungs take in and exhale air and how efficiently they transfer oxygen into the blood. Lung volume measurement detects restrictive lung diseases.
These tests further helps in early diagnosis of asthma and the right treatment plays a crucial role in the patient condition. Patient of asthma who is not under the right treatment runs the continuous risk of asthma attacks which often requires regular admission to hospital and can be life-threatening.
It is important to understand the need to know your lung number and why inhalation therapy is the most effective therapy to control asthma and breathlessness. This World Asthma Day, we urge people who are asthmatic or feel breathless should get the spirometry test or pulmonary test, a first step to understand asthma symptoms. Myths associated with the treatment needs to be busted. Inhaled corticosteroids have been recognized and widely accepted as the mainstay of asthma management.
The goal of asthma treatment is to control the disease. The most effective way to control asthma is through – Inhalation Therapy which is available in India at a price as low as INR 4 to INR 6 per day which means that a year’s supply of medicine is less than the cost of 1 night’s stay at the hospital. It is important that we overcome these barriers and understand the importance of inhalation therapy and adhere to it if we have to control asthma and lead a happy & better quality of life. The side effects are low and the dosage required is also low comparative to oral medication. They are safe for person of all age groups and even for pregnant ladies.
The need of the hour for patient is to gain timely and authenticate information on correct symptoms, treatment and care tips. One such patient education website is www.breathefree.com which consists of easy to understand and doctor validated information on asthma, COPD, and nasal allergy. City pulmonologists earnestly appeal to get prompt check-ups to do well in life and understand asthma symptoms, this World Asthma Day.
About Breathe Free
Breathe free is a public service initiative by Cipla which with the support of healthcare professionals aims to create awareness on asthma and other respiratory diseases. Breathe free conducts several awareness programmes and activities like Camps, Clinics, Patient Screening Yatras, and on-ground activities. It also provides easy-to-understand Patient Education material in several languages and has a unique patient-friendly website http://www.breathefree.com which empowers patients and their care givers.
Asthma is a chronic disease which affects large populations worldwide and its number is rising every year. According to the WHO between 100 and 150 million people around suffer from asthma. In India, the soaring numbers have reached 15-20 million and the number will continue to grow until adequate emphasis is laid on the importance of identifying the right medication, which can help manage asthma effectively.
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disorder of the lungs in which there is inflammation (swelling) of the airways in our lungs. Due to this inflammation, the airways are narrowed and the lungs become vulnerable to various allergens which act as triggers for an asthma attack. Dust, cold, pollen, furry pets, and viruses and air pollutants, and even emotional agitation act as triggers for an asthma attack. The usual manifestations of asthma are repeated episodes of chest tightness, difficulty in breathing and cough. In children, asthma often manifests through a single symptom like cough which is more severe at night or early in the morning and remains persistent despite intake of various cough syrups and medications.
Although asthma is not curable, it is possible to gain complete control over it and lead a normal active life. There are several therapies and forms of treatment for asthma available in the market. However, it has now been accepted globally that the best and safest way to take asthma medication is by inhalation as it reaches your lungs directly and starts acting immediately. It is to be noted that in Inhalation therapy, the dosage needed is up to 20 times lesser than syrups or tablets and far more effective.