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World Asthma Day: “Bronchial Asthma, a serious global health problem, diseases can be assures excellent control", says- Dr HJ Singh

Punjab Tribune Bureau | May 02, 2022 02:12 PM

JALANDHAR: On the occasion of World Asthma Day Dr. H.J.Singh Chairman of Indian Chest  Society Punjab & Past  President Indian Association of  Bronchology informed us that  Bronchial Asthma is a serious global health problem. Dr. Singh further added that it is very important on the part of treating physicians to give knowledge about the disease first and then prescribe the drugs since asthma is a long-standing disease and the only thing which can be assured is the excellent control of the disease. 

Dr H.J Singh said, It is wrong to commit a cure for the disease because for this reason only patients get misguided and go from one corner to the other in search of a cure and thus fall into wrong hands.  The other belief among the patient with Bronchial Asthma is that probably asthma gets worse because of milk, curd, Lassi and fruits like bananas and rice.  Dr. Singh assured us that this is a misconception & patients should consume these foods without hesitation.

Dr. Singh said diet allergy of course is important in Asthma. Diet allergy-like peanut, fish, egg, and other articles of course can cause Asthma in very few percentages of cases.  Only Inhalation therapy is the mainstay of treatment for Asthma. Inhaled steroids are quite safe and efficacious in the treatment of Asthma.  Properly done Allergy tests & Immunotherapy a great tools in modifying its treatment. Inhalers are not an addiction at all as thought by most the patient suffering from Asthma.  The other cause of concern is that asthma is rapidly increasing in children.  About 12-15%children are suffering from asthma.  It can occur at any age and is more common in boys as compare to girl. Allergy to pollens, insects, dust mites, pets, viral infection, and tobacco smoking leads to increased severity of Asthma.

He added, Most of the patients who present to us in the hospital are either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed and thus remained untreated. The main symptoms are cough, wheezing in the chest, breathlessness, and sneezing.  75% of the patients of asthma have Allergic Rhinitis.  Thus it is very important to treat both at the same time.  . The diagnosis is made based on clinical symptoms & Pulmonary Function Test.  Inhaled steroids have minimum side effects and there is evidence that children who were started early on inhaled steroids have better lung function than those who started a few years later.  The challenge of the last 10 years was to understand what is happening with the airways. The challenge at present is to organize Asthma care effectively and in the future is to understand why more people are developing asthma and to prevent the onset of the condition in high-risk individuals.  According to Dr. H.J.Singh clear communication and health education is the key to compliance in control of Asthma. 

           

Dr. Singh revealed a new revolution in the treatment of bronchial Asthma.  By doing bronchial thermoplasty patients will have new hope because with this procedure the narrowing of bronchi will be minimized.

  

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