Asthma and allergy incidence high in the UAE
The incidence of asthma and allergies is quite high especially during summers according to pulmonologists from Dubai Health Authority.
Over 14 percent of people in the UAE suffer from asthma and Rashid Hospital alone attends to 1,500 asthma patients annually of which at least 500 are cases involve severe asthma. Dr. Shahid Afzal, a pulmonologist from Rashid Hospital highlighted this quoting a Middle East study, during the weekly Smart Clinic organized by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA)
Source: Gulf News Published: 19:19 August 6, 2015
Asthma is a chronic disease involving the airways in the lungs. These airways, or bronchial tubes, allow air to come in and out of the lungs.
To understand asthma, we need to understand a little about what happens when we breathe. Normally, with every breath you take, air goes through our nose and down into the throat, eventually making it to our lungs. There are lots of small air passages in our lungs that help deliver oxygen from the air into our bloodstream.
Asthma symptoms occur when the lining of these air passages swell and the muscles around them tighten. The mucus then fills the airways, further reducing the amount of air that can pass through. These conditions then bring on an asthma attack the coughing and tightness typical of asthma.
Symptoms occur or worsen: After inhaling substances
Inhaling pollens while walking in the park when the pollen count is high;
Inhaling after-shave lotions, airborne chemicals, benzene, body lotions, body soap, chemical smells from city water, cigarette smoke, cleansing agents, colognes, cooking smells, cosmetic products, cut grass smell, dental materials, detergents, diesel, dust, exhausts, fabric softeners, fertilizers, fireplace smoke, flowers, food seasoning smell, formaldehyde, frying food smell, fungicides, gasoline.
In addition are hair products, hair sprays, herbal supplements, herbicides, hospital supplies (smell from oxygen tubes, rubber or plastic catheters, surgical instruments, surgical sutures, hospital cleaning agents, disinfectants, anesthetics, drugs), house cleaning chemicals, house dust, and dust mites, hydrocarbons, insects (cockroach, bee, fly, flea, ants, etc.), insecticide sprays, laboratory chemicals.
Moreover, it includes inhalation of leather smell, massage oils, molds and mildews, fungus, new car smell, newspaper ink, newspaper, paper products, outdoor allergens (tree pollens, trees, shrubs, weeds, flowers, grass, fibers floating in the air horn cotton pods when they mature before picking them from the trees, lint wastage from cotton mills and other fabric mills, fumes from chemical factories, silica dust from silica factory, radioactive waste or fallout from the storage, or factory, paint fumes, etc.).
Others are perfumes, personal protective equipment ( latex gloves, masks), pesticides, plastic products, polishes, prescription drugs, shampoo, smell from and animal products, smell from cat litter, smell from coffee brewing, smell from candle burning, smell from food, smell from popcorn, smell from paint fumes, smell from Soiled baby-diaper.
Futhermore, even smell of body secretions (saliva, semen, vaginal discharge, sputum, sweat, had breath, menstrual blood, stool, urine, body odor), smell from room fresheners, soap, sugar cane burning smoke, wild fire burning, smoke, synthetic Fabrics, tobacco smoke, varnishes, vitamins, wood burning smoke, wood furniture, wood polish.
Types of Asthma
Asthma is sometimes referred to as bronchial asthma since it affects the bronchi in the lungs. Types of Asthma are described below.
Allergic asthma is triggered by allergens like:
- pet dander
- food preservatives
Allergic asthma is more likely to be seasonal because it often goes hand-in-hand with season allergies.
Irritants in the air not related to allergies trigger this type of asthma. This includes:
- burning wood and cigarette smoke
- air pollution
- air fresheners
- household cleaning products
Cough-Variant Asthma (CVA)
Cough-variant asthma doesn’t have classic asthma symptoms of wheezing and shortness of breath. CVA is characterized by a persistent, dry cough. Cough-variant asthma can lead to full-blown asthma that includes the other more common symptoms.
Exercise-Induced Asthma (EIA)
Exercise-induced asthma affects people during or after physical activity. EIA can occur in people who are not sensitive to other asthma triggers such as dust, pollen, and pet dander.
This type of asthma is characterized by asthma symptoms that worsen at night. Triggers such as heartburn, pet dander, and dust mites can cause bring on symptoms while sleeping.
Occupational asthma is a type of asthma induced by triggers in the workplace. These include:
- animal proteins
- rubber latex
Your doctor will listen to your breathing and look for signs of asthma or allergies. These signs include wheezing, a runny nose or swollen nasal passages, and allergic skin conditions (such as eczema).
Keep in mind that you can still have asthma even if you don’t have these signs on the day that your doctor examines you.
Lung Function Test
your doctor will use a test called Spirometry to check how your lungs are working. This test measures how much air you can breathe in and out. It also measures how fast you can blow air out.
Your doctor also may give you medicine and then test you again to see whether the results have improved. If the starting results are lower than normal and improve with the medicine, and if your medical history shows a pattern of asthma symptoms, your diagnosis will likely be asthma.
Your doctor may recommend other tests if he or she needs more information to make a diagnosis. Other tests may include:
- Allergy testing to find out which allergens affect you if any.
A test to measure how sensitive your airways are. This is called a Bronchoprovocation test. Using spirometry, this test repeatedly measures your lung function during physical activity or after you receive increasing doses of cold air or a special chemical to breathe in. A test to show whether you have another condition with the same symptoms as asthma, such as reflux disease, vocal cord dysfunction, or sleep apnea. A chest x-ray or an EKG (electrocardiogram). These tests will help find out whether a foreign object or other diseases may be causing your symptoms.
How NAET Works
With NAET, we will get to the root cause and identify the allergen which is causing the allergy. To treat asthma, we do the NAET basic-15, followed by virus mix, Pseudomonas, flu mix, and humidity. We often need to do salt mix more than once because the salty atmosphere makes it difficult for people to pass the treatment.
MY 25-YEAR OLD ASTHMA
I had asthma for about 25 yrs. During that time I needed hospitalization on at least three occasions. I also had very low immunity and would catch coughs and colds several times a year.
Using the inhaler was part of my daily routine, in fact, I would often have to use it twice a day.
In 1998, I discovered NAET. At that time there were no practitioners in India so, I decided to go to LA for treatment at Dr. Devi’s Clinic in Buena Park. This was a turning point for me in my life. I stayed in LA for 10 weeks, during which time, I was treated for all the basics. I remember that B Complex was a BIGGIE! I could not open my eyes during the 25 hour avoidance period. It was as if I was drugged. Amazingly, once the 25 hours were over, I felt strong, well and active. I had passed it!! After the basics, I was treated for Pseudomonas, Flu Mix, Bacteria and Virus.
These were done one after the other and I cannot exactly say which was/were the significant one(s). All I know is that once these treatments were done, I no longer needed my inhaler! I could pretty well eat all combinations of foods without getting breathless or bloated. Yeast had also been a big problem and clearing it made a big difference. Tea with wheat in any form (cookies or toast) would instantly make me breathless. Mala found this combination I needed and treated me for it.
It was miraculous! Before returning to India, Dr. Devi said to me, “In a year, you will feel even stronger and better.” My reaction was, “In a year???” She laughed and said, “All my patients say that”. How right she was. As time went by I noticed my immunity getting stronger and stronger. From catching a cold or flu, several times a year, 1 now have perhaps one attack a year. I am no longer afraid to be around people with colds and my one-time security blanket, the inhaler is no longer a part of my life, thanks to NAET.
– Phiroza moose
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