World Asthma Day- Facts, Diagnosis and Treatment

Facts of asthma!! Meet Miss Sunitha, a 24 year old IT professional from Kerala, currently working in Bangalore. She had been hail and healthy apart from a ‘mild dust allergy’ till she started working at the Garden city. In here, she was having frequent attacks of cold, sneezing running nose and cough. It had made her skip her office days and sometimes even invited doubtful stares from colleagues especially after a bout of a cough. Of course, she had self-medicated with cough syrups and home remedies. Nothing provided any relief more than for a day. She decided to consult a doctor. She was asked to do some tests and was given a diagnosis of bronchial asthma with allergic rhinitis. She was on the verge of a breakdown hearing the diagnosis. To add to the agony, the prescription included an inhaler (the one which terminally ill wheezing people are seen pumping into their mouth in the movies commonly known as ‘pump of puff’). She doubted the diagnosis as she did not have wheezing or breathlessness like asthma patients. Anyways she decided to give it a try because her symptoms were troubling her. Fortunately, medicines relieved her of the symptoms within a week. By this time she had come across a lot of comments about her disease and treatment like “Oh she is an asthmatic” “ Do you know that once you start on these medicines, you will have to use it forever?” “Hey, these medicines are steroids which will produce serious side effects” “ inhalers are addictive”…etc. She decided to clear her doubts with her doctor and here it goes:-...