Is it painful to watch your child gasp for breath? Do you feel helpless, but want to try a safer way of managing your child’s asthma or own asthma? Have you heard of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), an all-natural alternative? Studies have shown:
Air in the lungs travel through small airways called bronchial tubes. When the airways are clear, air moves in and out of the lungs easily. An asthma attack constricts the airways and interferes with the normal breathing process. Asthma is a respiratory condition in which the airways of the lungs (breathing passages) narrow and swell, often in response to an allergen. This disease affects people of all ages, but usually starts in childhood.
There are individual triggers for each person. Some of the triggers include the common cold, weather changes, physical activity, and air pollutants such as smoke, dust mites, animal dander, and pollen.
Signs and symptoms
The common signs and symptoms of asthma include:
Asthma can be difficult to diagnose. Your doctor will ask about the frequency of your symptoms and order some tests to rule out other conditions. A lung function test (spirometry) is done to measure the amount of air exhaled. Allergy skin testing may be helpful to identify allergens in people with asthma. In younger children the diagnosis is done based on the information provided about symptoms because lung function tests will be inaccurate before 6 years of age.
Treatment includes avoidance of triggers, proper use of inhalers and other medications deemed necessary by your physician, and OMT as an adjunct.
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