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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

“Finding the best place for a diagnostic test is as important as consulting the best doctor. The Apollo name was what guided me to Apollo Diagnostics and I am indeed glad that I came here. From attending us on time to sample collection, everything flowed so smoothly. I was particularly impressed by the hygiene. It was definitely a value for money experience. Thanks a lot Apollo Diagnostics…keep up the good work!”

Mrs. Ferha Jabeen, Old Bowenpally, Secunderabad

“I Have heard a lot of good things about Apollo Diagnostics from our family physician as well as from relatives and friends. So then next time I needed a diagnostic centre, I visited Apollo Diagnostics and I was really glad I did. For one, I didn’t have to wait. The technician was extremely good, and the place was really clean. It was certainly a value for money experience. Great job Apollo Diagnostics!”

Ms. T. Jaya, Nakkalagutta, Hanmakonda

“I must say Apollo Diagnostics places a great value on time and patient comfort! I am a fan of their home collection service which is not only on time and technically sound, but the hygiene and cordiality of the visiting technician is also commendable. Hats off! I’ll continue to recommend Apollo Diagnostics to my family and friends.”

Mr. B. Pochaiah, Mallikarjuna Nagar Colony, Old Bowenpally, Secunderabad

“I have always had a great experience with Apollo Diagnostics. The calls are unfailingly answered. The scheduled appointment is kept to the minute. The phlebotomist is well-trained in both technique and putting the patient at ease. Apollo Diagnostics undoubtedly delivers value for money. They will always be my top option for all the diagnostic needs of my family.”

Mr. Prasanta Kumar Jena, JP Nagar, Bengaluru

“I came to know about Apollo Diagnostics from my relatives and friends. So, when I required a check up to be done, I thought about trying their service once. From sticking to the appointed time to accuracy of technique, it was really a great experience overall. Hygiene of the technician and the centre as well, was also quite admirable. I certainly felt it delivers value for money service. From now on, I’ll always visit Apollo Diagnostics for all my checkups.”

Mr. Venkateshwar Rao, Hanmakonda

“I was looking for a good diagnostic centre to get some checkups done. I was confused as there are so many of them all over the city. Some of my friends recommended Apollo Diagnostics as the best one. I’ll always remain thankful to them. The technician at Apollo Diagnostics was not only punctual but his competency was certainly praiseworthy. I never felt any discomfort as he was so confident and compassionate. Great job Apollo Diagnostics!”

Mr. T Radhakishan Rao, Hanmakonda

“My experience with Apollo Diagnostics has been consistently good. Securing the appointment was very easy and the schedule was maintained to the dot. The behaviour of the technician was pleasant and he was well–versed with his job. The place was noticeably clean and I did not face any discomfort during the process. The reports were delivered as promised and surprisingly, the service was pretty affordable. I would recommend Apollo Diagnostics to my circle without any hesitation!”

Mr. Arif Ameer, JP Nagar, Bengaluru

“Apollo Diagnostics came highly recommended by my friends. I was particularly impressed by their cordiality, time management and process competence. Another must mention is the hygiene factor that is impeccable. Given the quality delivered, this is certainly a value for money experience. Thanks a lot Apollo Diagnostics…keep up the great work!”

Ms. A.Madhavi, Warangal

“Our family physician strictly instructed me to get the checkup done at Apollo Diagnostics. I am glad I respected his opinion. I was attended to as soon as I went in. The technician was a true expert at his job and made it a painless experience for me. I also observed that the centre was spotless and all the staff members were particular about maintaining hygiene. Apollo Diagnostics certainly delivers value for money. I’ll always recommend Apollo Diagnostics to my family and friends.”

Ms. Vimala, Hanmakonda

“My Apollo Diagnostics experience has thus far been truly amazing. Besides unfailingly maintaining the schedule – be it sample taking or report delivery, their sense of cleanliness is also tops. The technicians are well-trained and do their job with diligence and in a friendly manner that puts patients at ease at once. Apollo Diagnostics is setting a very high standard indeed! Now that’s what I call a fine job!”

Ms. G. Jyothi, Warangal

“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