Coughing Up a Cure: Dealing with Allergic Asthma

Allergic asthma is a nasty thing to deal with; there’s the coughing, the wheezing, the phlegm… then there’s the asthma inhaler, the nebulizer, and especially for kids, the ridicule that comes with the treatment. It doesn’t help that the treatments are pretty expensive as well.

Unfortunately, allergic asthma isn’t something like a common cold that a good rest and some chicken soup can get you through. It is triggered when allergens are able to enter the body through the mouth and nose during inhalation, and irritate the sensitive lining of the windpipe and bronchial tubes. The body responds by sending white blood cells to the irritated area in an inflammatory response. While this is normally helpful when it comes to fighting diseases, in the lungs, it constricts the airways, making breathing difficult. Neglecting asthma can lead to fatigue, fever, and pulmonary edema: a buildup of fluid in the lungs.

Thankfully, a number of ways exist to treat allergic asthma in the event that medication is unavailable.

First of all, you will want to cut the problem at the source. Do you know what the victim is allergic to? If so, move it away as soon as possible to stop airborne allergens from continuously entering the asthmatic’s body. If not, then make it a point to identify it. If necessary, move the victim to a different area. For allergic asthmatics, this is the equivalent of stopping the bleeding during first-aid treatment.

Once the source of the allergens is out of the way, it becomes easier to treat the asthma attack. In non-allergic asthma, home remedies only allow you to provide temporary relief by dealing with the symptoms of asthma, rather than provide a homebrewed concoction that treats asthma itself. Allergic asthma however, can be treated to a certain extent at home, because the only thing necessary is to stop the body’s reaction to the allergen. Doctors accomplish this with antihistamine. These substances counter histamine – their associated neurotransmitter – and prevent the inflammatory response from happening. Fortunately natural antihistamines are readily available almost anywhere, you can find out about them at www.commonbreathingproblems.com. Before you go trying them out however, a word of advice: Home remedies are not meant to replace a doctor’s orders to treat a condition. Rather, they are meant to supplement the treatment, and aid in recovery from the condition.

That said, here is a list of home remedies for allergic asthma.

Take a look around your kitchen. The odds are good that you have some ginger lying around. This root is known in traditional medicine for its healing properties. In actual science, ginger does contain natural antihistamine. It also lowers blood pressure, and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger can also make a fine tea. Sometimes, a sip of hot, strong tea helps too.

Another plant with similar properties is chamomile. The dried flowers of this plant can also be made into a tea. It is much milder than, and is often used together with ginger in the same concoction in fact. Chamomile tea also is reputed to aid in getting a good night’s sleep, so the odds are, you’ll wake up feeling better after taking some.

Some people don’t like tea, of course. For those of you who would rather find a more solid cure, I recommend two herbs that can deal with asthma, and add some taste to your cooking. Basil and parsley are both popular herbs found in most grocery stores and markets. Sprinkle a dash of very fine basil on your chicken soup, or decorate your plate with some parsley to go with your dinner. That works just as well as any over-the-counter antihistamine medication.

People have had to deal with allergies for as long as there has been human history. While modern medicine has spent a good sum of money in taking great strides in that direction, it doesn’t imply that we are forced to do the same. After all, if home isn’t a place of healing, then what is?