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Asthma: Facts you must know

Breathing is such an inherent reflex that difficulties in inhaling and exhaling is not something one would ponder about. Unfortunately, it is a struggle that many experience. Asthma is a chronic disease that affects airways in lungs. An individual can develop asthma at any age, an asthma attack could occur at any place – home, school, work.

An asthma attack occurs when the tubes that take air into the lungs swell up causing breathing difficulty. This reaction is caused when the airway comes in contact with an asthma trigger (an allergen) that causes it to swell up. Depending on the kind of trigger, there are two types of asthma – extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic asthma is an immune response to an external allergen such as pollen, pets, dust mites, food. Intrinsic asthma is caused due to inhaling certain chemical agents such as tobacco smoke, vehicular smoke, paint vapours.

Weather conditions such as extremely dry, wet or windy weather, chest infection, stress, and even laughter could worsen an asthma condition. Asthma is often inherited, children with asthmatic parents are more likely to be diagnosed with asthma. Obesity is also a factor that leads to asthma – higher the obesity, higher are the chances of developing asthma. It is important to be aware of these factors so that you can adopt measures to combat them.
During asthma attacks, patients experience wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, or tightness and pain in the chest. These symptoms may be displayed by an asthmatic person instantly or even after a prolonged period of time of being contacted by the allergen. There are mainly two types of reactions – a delayed hypersensitive response, wherein the person experiences symptoms after a long period of time and an instant hypersensitive response, wherein the person immediately shows symptoms to the allergen.

The most effective method to treat asthma is to use inhaled medication. There are two kinds of medication available – relievers and preventers. Relievers are most likely to be used in cases of emergency, as they are quick acting agents. They are inhaled and help the surrounding muscle relax, allowing the person to breath normally again. These relieve symptoms rapidly and are taken on a need basis. Preventers are steroid-based medicines that help asthmatics by reducing the sensitivity of their airways to allergens. Preventers are inhaled directly into the lungs, thereby allowing very little of the steroid into the body itself. These are taken daily to achieve and maintain control of asthma symptoms.

In addition to prescribed medication, you could also adopt a few preventive measures which will help alleviate the asthma suffering. Keep track of triggers that aggravate your asthma condition and avoid them to the extent possible. If experiencing an asthma attack, be prompt in taking action to stop the attack, do not prolong taking necessary measures. Adopt a healthy lifestyle and maintain optimum weight to minimize the risk of developing asthma. These simple measures could result in remarkable improvement in your asthmatic condition.

Asthma can and should be controlled and one doesn’t need to compromise on daily activities on account of asthma. One must live life as normally as a non-asthmatic person, attending to work, school or home. The responsibility of controlling your asthma is largely yours. It is a lifetime condition which may be suppressed by medication but never really cured. There is always a chance of an asthma attack. It is important to work with a doctor from a reputed diagnostic service center like Apollo Diagnostics – take medication as prescribed, undergo recommended diagnostic tests and make routine visits.

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Patient Testimonials

“Excellence of Apollo Diagnostics is already a recognized fact across India. Adding more strength to their reputation is their caring nature and supportive attitude. I’ll always prefer to take their services than selecting mediocre quality making any compromise with my health.”

Mr. Shahul Hameed, Chennai

“The way Apollo Diagnostics kept me at ease during the sample collection process, the way they supported me to be at my convenience and confidence is really something I’ll always remember. They were also flawless in maintaining the hygiene. Hats off to them!”

Mr. Laxmi Kantham, Hyderabad

“Awesome is probably the one word to express my views about Apollo Diagnostics. Efficiency, punctuality, compassion, sincerity…I’ll give high marks to them in all of these. Great going, Apollo!”

Shivaraj Kadam, Pune

“Thanks for the seamless service. Based on my experience I can assure that, be it quality or punctuality, Apollo Diagnostics is one name to trust and depend on.”

Mr. Thomas, Mysuru

“Excellent sense of timing! The technician arrived right on time. He was really well-trained, in terms of his skill and manner, as well. Apollo Diagnostics is doing a great job.”

Subbalakshmi, Vizag

“Appreciate the quality of service that I’ve received from Apollo Diagnostics. Their competence, caring nature, sincerity, valuing customer’s time – all these together have shaped them as the most trusted diagnostic service provider in the country.
Keep up the good work!

Mrs. Pravati Dash, Bengaluru

“My mother needed a blood test, but was unable to walk due to pain in her leg. A Phlebotomist from Apollo Diagnostics came home and collected the sample. I was informed, via SMS, that the report could be collected from any of the 3 centres in Dibrugarh, downloaded online or even delivered home for a nominal fee. Although the rates were reasonable, my mother also received a senior citizens discount too! This saved my time, money & energy. My aachhe din really seemed to have arrived! Thank you Apollo Diagnostics and hats off for displaying true professionalism.”

Mr. Alokk Kar Dowerah, Dibrugarh

“Whenever I need to have a blood sample collected from home, I ask for Vasu. He is punctual, courteous and so skilled I hardly feel any pain when he draws the sample. Plus, I truly appreciate how quickly the reports are delivered. Thanks Apollo!”

Mr. Sukumar, Film director, Sriram Nagar, Hyderabad

“Their accurate understanding of customer’s needs is one thing that set them apart and ahead of all others. As a result, it becomes easier for them to deliver the right service, that with their matchless efficiency and care to ensure less pain and easily accomplished sample collection. Apollo Diagnostics is simply doing an amazing job!”

Soundarya Abhirami, Hyderabad

“The overall service standard of Apollo Diagnostics is admirably high. The technician was punctual and well-behaved, and has the genuine skill to collect the test sample without troubling the customer. These are probably some of the major reasons for them to be the best in India.”

Mrs. Lakshmi, Chennai

“The most crucial factor with Apollo Diagnostics is that they always train their Phlebotomists so well that the team consistently remains efficient and punctual and we receive a premium quality diagnostic service. Good job. Keep it up.”

Mr. Amit Kumar Patil, Bengaluru

Service they deliver is no less than the promise they make. Be it quality, respect for customer’s time, or efficiency of their technicians…simply matchless. I confidently recommend Apollo Diagnostics to everyone.”

Nanjappa, Mysuru