Quick question: do you ever find it hard to catch your breath, especially outside? Are you waking up in the middle of the night with a racing heart and a sore throat? Even if you’ve been told you have allergies, you might also have asthma.
Worldwide, more than 262 million people suffer from asthma. In fact, asthma tops the list of childhood illnesses. Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the airways in the lungs. It can cause fatigue, coughing, and a feeling of constriction around the chest.
It’s a worrisome disease and attacks can have serious medical consequences. Thankfully, there are several treatment options.
Common Asthma Triggers for Children
Asthma tends to show up by the time children are five years old. It’s more common in boys than in girls. Their asthma attacks may seem sudden, but can stem from a variety of triggers:
- Pet dander
- Dust and mold
- Air pollution
Children may start coughing, wheezing, or indicating pain around the chest. Parents should immediately seek medical attention in this case, and ask the doctor to check for allergies as well.
Asthma Treatment Options
While some people opt to treat their asthma with steroids, there are other options. Steroid inhalers can cause nausea, weight gain, and acne. A combination of alternative therapies may be just as effective as heavy medication.
Doctors may recommend a plant-based diet for people with asthma. Dairy products may contribute to systemic inflammation, causing the body to attack its own tissue. One recent experiment had one group of children eliminate dairy for two months, while another group didn’t change their diets.
At the end of the experiment, the children who eliminated dairy improved their airflow by 22%. The group that didn’t remove dairy only improved by 0.6%. With those numbers, it might be worthwhile to give plant-based eating a try.
Turmeric, garlic, and honey are the big three supplements for asthma. They have anti-inflammatory properties and have been used as medicine for centuries.
There are two things to remember when taking supplements. First, consult with a doctor or naturopath before starting any new supplements. The risk of taking too much is real, even when the active ingredient is a plant.
Too much turmeric, for example, could cause diarrhea or overstimulate the heart.
The second thing to remember is that all supplements aren’t created equal. Look for brands that are checked and certified by a third party, and invest in high-quality products.
Another option in ongoing asthma treatment is a medical-grade IV vitamin infusion. Patients choose the type of IV they would like to receive, and treatments typically take 60 to 90 minutes.
IV therapy is popular because its effects last for several weeks. Most patients report that they feel the effects immediately, and there are no side effects.
Take the time to meet with a doctor before starting asthma treatment. They will tailor a plan to meet your child’s needs.
Revitalizing IV Infusions in a Comfortable Environment
Our team at Vitality IV maintains USP 797 Compliance for the health and safety of our patients. We meet and exceed cleanliness and training standards set forth by an international oversight committee.
We think of ourselves as an urban oasis, a place where patients can come to relax in a safe and healing environment. Our registered nurses administer IV infusions and monitor patients’ comfort and safety.
If you have asthma, IV drips can help you feel better at any time of year. Most patients feel the benefits of their IV treatments right away. Call us at (401) 443-4007 to schedule your initial consultation.