Hello! I am Dr. Shubhranshu. Asthma Specialist at Narayana Multispecialty Hospital Jaipur. Today we will talk about allergy, asthma and smoking. As we all know allergy is a kind of reaction of any part of our body against an element we can call it allergen
our body over reacts against it. It can be there in any part of our body.
In commonly known allergies we all know , allergy which occur in nose which causes frequent cold, running nose, eye irritation, watery eyes, nasal congestion,
heaviness in the head and having mucus in throat. Similarly when allergy reaches from throat
to lungs we call it Asthma. In that patients face often coughing,
congestion in the chest or breathing problem. Many patients come to us with breathing problem
and congestion in chest. This type of allergy is mostly caused by
environmental factors which contain dust, smoke or there is one bacterium called house dust mite. These are the common allergens apart from that deodorant, perfume, fragrance stick’s smoke,
kitchen smoke, these all are also considered as common allergens in our country. We should avoid deodorants, perfumes, fragrance sticks and things which we cannot avoid which are troubling us often we should consult our physician for that. Second is smoking; smoking causes allergy &
asthma also many other breathing diseases. We generally call it ‘Dama’ or COPD. This is also mostly seen in people who
consume bidi, cigarette, gutkha, jarda, khaini. In asthma patients smoking is more
common reason. So to stay away from asthma or COPD and other breathing diseases
we should avoid smoking, stop smoking. Smoking also causes other diseases in our body such as heart disease, brain disease, stroke, psychological disease, feet disease such as peripheral vascular disease, stomach and gastrointestinal disease, urinary bladder cancer. Any patient who is facing allergy, asthma or breathing problem if he is observing any such types of symptoms like I told you frequently running nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, eye irritation or watery eyes, mucus in the throat, throat congestion, chest congestion, frequent coughing, problem in inhaling etc. If such symptoms are seen, then one should visit nearby physician. Along with that he has to observe the
period of occurrence of these symptoms. In which season it is more or in which time of the day it is more or, or if it is seen after coming in contact with any particular thing. If anybody has pet dog in the house, if there is fragrance stick or ‘hawan’ smoke in the house? He should try to recognize the allergens on his own. Other allergens we call them environmental factors we cannot avoid them but other specific allergens we should avoid. Also we have to treat it on time as this
disease increases with the time. If such symptoms reoccur frequently
then they can damage chest, lungs hence we should get it treated on time. If doctors prescribe you any inhaler or
any medicine you should regularly take it. Common myth about inhalers which generally people think,
is we get habituated of it and they are harmful but this is a
myth we should leave it immediately and whenever patients are given
such inhalers they should make use of it regularly. This can gradually cure this disease completely.
That is why always we should remember that that inhalers are not harmful and we should not get habituated. If we take proper treatment as prescribed, on due course of time, gradually doses can be reduced and can be stopped completely.