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Asthmatics should be cautious

May 4 is observed World Asthma Day. India has between 18 and 20 million asthmatics. About 1,90,000 persons across the world die of asthma every year. Over the past decade, there has been a 40 per cent rise in the number of children afflicted by the disease.

Asthma is a condition that causes inflammation of and obstruction on the airway. The muscles surrounding the air tubes of the lungs go into spasm, the mucous lining swells and secretions build up, making breathing difficult. Lungs are the air pumping stations of our body which transfer atmospheric oxygen into our body and continue this process for breathing.

Asthma usually develops in childhood, but may begin later in life. Symptoms of asthma vary from time to time. During attack, the person may make a wheezing or whistling sound while breathing, cough a great deal and spit out mucous.

Many things can tigger asthma, including allergens, such as dust and pollen. In general, infections are the most common triggers of asthma. Other triggers include exercise, wood or cigarette smoke, changes in weather, cold or flu, chemical vapour from the household, analegics, dyes, food preservatives and emotional stress.

Prevention and general remedies include avoiding things that cause these attacks. Avoid smoke of all kinds. Stop smoking and avoid exposure to passive smoking. Avoid humid atmosphere and work, travel and relax in smoke-free areas. Stay indoors when air pollution is high.

A person with this infection should avoid strong odour, fumes and perfume, fixed carpets, and oily and spicy food. Pets should not be kept in the bedroom at night. Over-the-counter cold and cough medicines should not be used, unless told to do so by a doctor.

Asthmatics should not smoke in vehicles. Direct contact with grass should be avoided. Wash your pillow cases, bedcovers and curtains regularly, preferably in hot water. Limit your anger and excitement.

Close the windows at night. Keep the storage area dry and clean. Build up the strength of your lungs and airway. If you are feeling tight, stand or sit in a warm shower for between 5 to 10 minutes.

Use of aspirin and ibuprofen can cause severe reactions. These should be taken with caution. Asthma inhalants having steroid can increase the risk of glaucoma. This is a particular concern for adults. Asthmatics can take ayurvedic medicines. Take 10 drops of ginger juice with one teaspoon honey thrice daily.

Take one teaspoon of sitopaladi powder with honey or jashanda liquid thrice daily. Avoid soft drinks and ice-creams.

— Dr Anil Dheer



Jalandhar beat Ludhiana by 59 runs
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 4
Left-arm spinner, Sumit of Jalandhar, ran through Ludhiana’s batting line-up, grabbing seven wickets to send the hosts packing at 180 and helped his team to register 59-run victory in the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (under-17) for the ML Markan Trophy at the Satish Chander Dhawan Government College for Boys ground here today.

Resuming at the overnight score of 15 for two, Ludhiana received an early jolt when Tarun Passi got out on the third delivery of the day. This led to the collapse of the Ludhiana innings. They scored 180 runs in 75 overs. Only Pankaj (52) and Mukul Gupta (57) impressed with the bat.

After two matches, now Ludhiana, Minor Districts Zone B and Jalandhar, with one win and one loss each, have earned two points, while Amritsar, with four points, lead the pack.

Brief scores: Jalandhar — 239 all out; Ludhiana — 180 all out (Pankaj 52, Mukul Gupta 57, Sushyant Kohli 13, Vishal Passi 13 and Nakul Sharma 10 n.o; Sumit 7 for 57 and Abhinandan 1 for 25).


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