Browsing Posts published in July, 2011

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder mostly connected with the thought process and emotional responsiveness. The medical condition is characterized by impaired thinking, behaviors, and emotions. Usually, the disintegration of thought process and emotional responsiveness manifests in the form of paranoia, strange delusions, auditory hallucinations, and disorganized speech and thinking. These symptoms are often followed by noticeable dysfunctions in social and occupational aspects. Although children ages 14 or under can be affected by this mental disorder, schizophrenia typically begins between the ages of 15 and 25. The early signs can be categorized into several groups, namely physical symptoms, behavior, feeling and mood, cognitive problems, as well as delusions and hallucinations.

Physical Symptoms

Early physical symptoms include unusual postures or gestures, awkward gait, clumsiness, sleeping disorder (either insomnia or too much sleep), sped up movements, slowed up movements, overly sensitive senses (especially to bright lights or loud noises), involuntary movements of tongue and mouth, Parkinsonian symptoms (e.g. jerking arm movements, rigidity). Other physical symptoms include blank facial expression, inability to express emotion through the face, and tendency to stare with infrequent blinking while engaged in deep thinking.

Behavior

People with schizophrenia tend to restrain themselves from social activities and have difficulty in building or maintaining relationships, neglect their self-care (e.g. clothing, hygiene, appearance), have excessive preoccupation with spiritual or religious activities, misuse drugs and alcohol, replay or rehearse conversations in loud voice (i.e. talking to themselves), and smoke (although many non-schizophrenic people also smoke). They also find it hard to cope with minor problems or difficult situations and are unable to engage in purposeful activities.

Feeling and Mood

Schizophrenia also affects feelings and moods. Early signs include inability to feel enjoyment from doing activities, feeling indifference to important matters, hypersensitivity to insults or criticism, sudden anger, little enthusiasm, depression, severe anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and frequent mood changing.

Cognitive Problems

Early signs of schizophrenia also include cognitive problems such as ruminating thoughts (thoughts that go round and round the head), poverty of speech (speaking very little), thought blocking, lack of insight, strange use of language structure, difficulty in expressing thoughts verbally, nonsensical logic, or disintegrated thought, action, and behavior.

Delusions and Hallucinations

Delusions are most frequently connected with paranoia and can manifest in many forms. People suffering from schizophrenia might think that their food might be poisoned or that the people around them are conspiring to harass them. A religious person may have the delusion that she/he is a god or a prophet. Meanwhile, hallucinations include visual and auditory hallucinations.

Do you have sciatica? If you’re experiencing back pain which radiates down one or both of your legs and you feel a tingling or a numbness, you should see your doctor for a correct diagnosis of the problem so that you can determine the appropriate treatment for your sciatic pains. Sciatica pain is a symptom of some underlying cause which needs to be identified before it can be corrected.

Sciatica pain is caused by the compression or pinching of the sciatic nerve. This nerve branches from the base of your spine, through the buttock and thigh muscles, continuing down the legs and into the feet. It’s the longest nerve in your body and is about the thickness of your finger. The pain can be constant and dull or excruciating – the symptoms vary from patient to patient which is why it needs to be diagnosed as soon as possible. The cause could be a herniated disc which is pressing on the nerve or spinal stenosis which is a narrowing of the spaces between the vertebrae, also causing pressure on the sciatic nerve. A correct diagnosis is critical so that the cause of your sciatic pain can be corrected.

Usually, sciatica is found in people between the ages of thirty and sixty and may be caused by wear and tear on the bones of the lower spine. Generally, it can be relieved within six weeks or so, but meanwhile, there are some changes you can make to help relieve the pinched nerve without having to take anti-inflammatory drugs or other pain medication. Walking is recommended – a gentle walk around the block to start off with. Make certain that your posture is good and swing your arms as you go. If you do this every day, you can soon extend your walk to about three miles, during which you’re stretching and strengthening your back, leg and abdominal muscles, all of which support your frame. They become supple and more flexible as you continue and your sciatic pains will start to diminish.

Your doctor or personal trainer can recommend stretching exercises for you, but these need to be appropriate for your particular type of sciatic pain, otherwise more damage can result. Do them regularly and you will find relief from your sciatic pains in a fairly short time.

If you’re suffering acute pain, you do, of course, need to rest. But try not to rest in bed as this will cause your muscles to weaken which will hinder your recovery. Sitting in a comfortable armchair which has good support is better for you and you could try alternating hot and cold packs on the affected part. Get up every hour or so and walk around a little to help keep the muscles flexible. Try not to sleep on your stomach; place a pillow under your hips so that your spine is supported.

Again, the opinion of a medical professional is essential so that you can take the right kind of exercise which is an important step to relieving your sciatic pains. Constant dull pain which prevents you from doing the things you love can rip all the fun out of life – and it’s not necessary as help is out there for you.

If a person’s kidneys become compromised, one of the first steps often taken is to alter their diet. Good exercise and a healthy lifestyle are also vital. But as they plan how to eat and exercise, many people forget another important element in trying to keep their kidneys healthy: common, everyday painkillers.

The labels on these painkillers, with suggested dosages and durations for use, are on the containers for a reason. In general, no painkiller should be taken for more than three days for a fever, or for longer than ten days for pain. This is why doctors recommend that even if a person’s kidney function is normal, they should take as low a dose of painkillers as possible, and should take them for the shortest possible time.

Yet some people have conditions for which painkillers are actually recommended: for example, a heart condition for which they take aspirin. Are these patients now doomed to choose between heart problems and kidney problems? Fortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case. The aspirin dose is usually low enough that it doesn’t affect kidney function.

Aspirin, in fact, seems to be the painkiller that does the least harm, at least when taken in moderate amounts. Yet the characteristic that makes them most useful with heart problems (blood thinning) can cause other health issues. So the user still must be careful about potential stomach bleeding or ulcers, and if their liver is compromised, even aspirin could be off the table as a painkiller.

Some painkillers, the NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), can actually cause a form of kidney disease called chronic interstitial nephritis, if taken for too long. Ibuprofen and naproxen are the main culprits for this. They should be avoided by anyone who knows their kidneys have impaired function, and should be used with a doctor’s guidance if the patient has other issues like liver disease or high blood pressure.

Acetaminophen seems to be the only relatively safe painkiller if the patient can’t tolerate aspirin. Doctors warn against drinking alcohol while taking this drug, but kidney patients should be treating alcohol moderately anyway. And even this medicine should be taken under a physician’s guidance.

People inevitably need painkillers from time to time. But the more they know about how these medicines affect the kidneys, the less casually they may take them. Convenient and effective as they are, these drugs can still have devastating side effects, especially when it comes to kidney health.

When you have intense pain running from your lower back down your legs due to sciatica, you’re looking for a source of pain relief that will curb your symptoms. Relief from sciatica pain comes in many different forms, such as pain killers, exercise, an anti-inflammatory and other non-surgical treatments, plus surgical treatments.

Not all sciatica cases require a radical form of treatment such as surgery. Most cases of sciatica are treated with pain killers. In very mild cases, ibuprofen, aspirin, or another over-the-counter medication will reduce the sufferer’s pain. Many sciatica sufferers are also prescribed non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce symptoms and pain with the sciatica and the lower back in general. If the pain does not subside, stronger pain killers such as codein may be prescribed, but medications such as this come with the risk of addiction, and therefore should not be taken lightly. Muscle relaxers should also not be taken lightly. Although they will help alleviate symptoms associated with sciatica, they can also make the user drowsy, putting them at risk when driving.

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Exercise is the best way to reduce sciatica symptoms for the long term. With a proper exercise routine, you can train your muscles to become relaxed and strong, and therefore reduce the amount that these muscles are compressing on the sciatica nerve that runs through them. When other options have failed, a health care provider might opt to perform spinal surgery. When herniated discs are the cause of sciatica pain, your doctor might recommend doing a microdisectomy. It’s a procedure to physically remove what is compressing the sciatic nerve.

Sometimes sciatica pain and symptoms results from a condition known as spinal stenosis. This condition causes nerve compression and can be alleviated with a surgical procedure called a lumbar laminectomy. A lumbar laminectomy involves giving more space to the nerve bundles within the spinal column by removing bones from the vertebra.

One of the oldest surgical procedures to reduce back pain is called a diskectomy. This procedure involves removing the disc that is causing the problem, or that is diseased, from the spine. Once the disc has been removed, the pressure on the nerve is relieved and sciatica pain and symptoms are reduced.

One of the last options for patients with sciatica and back pain is to undergo a spinal fusion. When a spinal fusion is done, the doctor joins two or more vertebrae together in order to relieve irritation and compression. However, this procedure is only done when the spine has undergone years of physical injury, or when osteoporosis has set in. The reason this option is left as a last resort is because once done, the patient is left with very little movement within the spine.

Although the advances in medicine have been great for sciatica sufferers, pain relief is different for everyone. What might work for one person may not work for someone else. Therefore, you should always seek medical advice when it comes to relieving sciatica pain.

When parents get to know that their child has started to smoke, they are really horrified and don’t know what to do. What is the motive of smoking? First of all, it is the influence of the peers.

There are some situations when it is difficult not to take a cigarette. Imagine, it is really so! The lecture at the institute of your son has finished and the break has started. His classmates go to the stair landing to have a talk, and your son follows them. A conversation began and they suggest him to take a cigarette. The refusal is simply not appropriate. He doesn’t want to offend his pals. Or your daughter goes to the schoolyard during the break and her friends suggest her smoking. It is difficult not to smoke in the company of smoking people.

First of all you should take into account that a punishment can’t help in such situation. You can make him loose the habit of smoking only by your own example and talking of the healthy way of life.

If you’ve found a cigarette among the child’s things you shouldn’t panic and try to calm. If the relationships with the child are confidential, you may just sit together and talk. And you should talk just like with an adult person without moral lectures and shouts. Tell him about the harm of the nicotine, about the threat of the tuberculosis and the cancer of lungs.

If you talk calmly with a child, there is every likelihood that he will understand you. But you shouldn’t get calm after such a talk. Don’t forget that he constantly communicates with the same people. He goes to the lectures with the classmates who gave him a cigarette. He can start smoking again. How to make him loose this habit?

The best variant is to join him to sports. Suggest him going to the tennis, aerobics or somewhere else. If he constantly goes in for sports, he just will not want to smoke.

If your child has a bad health and you think he is not able to go in for sports, suggest some other thing. For example, he can practice dance, music or drawing. If he is busy he just has no time to think of smoking. The most important thing is not to let him idle. If your child can’t organize his spare time himself, help him. Go for a walk, to the theatres or museums together.

If you haven’t told your child that smoking and harmful yet, don’t wait when he’ll become interested in cigarettes. Talk to him as soon as possible.

Massage therapy is the popular solution to all sorts of ailments, conditions, and dysfunctions in the most natural way. Although there are many different types and styles of massage therapy used all over the world, each of them does vary in the treatment and benefits they provide for the receiver of the massage. There are therapeutic massage designed for the improvement of proper posture, relief from chronic fatigue, treatment of chronic body pain and also for the treatment of other conditions as well. If you are looking for your ideal massage therapy type, all you need to do is to have an idea of what you are searching for in a therapeutic massage as well as the condition you need to treat.

Rosen method massage is one of the 160 different types of massage therapies known all over the world. The therapy was developed by Marion Rosen as a gentle therapy that provides relief to both the mind and body of the client in a relaxing and calm way. The treatment offers a psychological therapy as well in the process where the therapist allows the client to speak his or her mind regarding their feelings. This process helps improve the success and effects of the massage therapy technique by allowing the negative emotions to freely flow out of the body. Marion Rosen expressed through her institutes the wonderful effects and benefits the method can give to anyone who wishes to get relaxed and relieved with her technique.

Unlike other forms of bodywork, Rosen method massage doesn’t require strenuous work conducted by the therapist during the therapy session. The therapy includes simple yet effective techniques of breathing, touch, emotional release through talking, and feeling of the body with the hands. During the massage therapy, the therapist places her hands on the body of the client while encouraging proper breathing to promote health. This helps in providing heightened senses of self well-being on the client’s part by encouraging self awareness. It is important for the client to know who he or she is in order to know and connect with what he or she feels with his or her body and mind. The mere touch and presence of the therapist allows and encourages relaxation on the clients’ physical, mental and emotional state. During this stage, the clients learn to let go of negative memories and emotions that are keeping them restricted which causes unhealthy results to their life.

Due to the method used in this therapy, I wonder if a simple touch can do any damage to the physical body of anyone. The emotional therapy is very respectful and encouraging in a way that I can’t also find anything wrong or that it would do any negative effects on anyone as well. It is definitely right to say that it is almost a perfect type of massage therapy when it comes to the safety of its methods. However, it would be safe to say that it would be proper to consult with a doctor regarding the healthy benefits and risks of the Rosen method massage.

Along with proper nutrition, air and water, restorative sleep is essential to health and well-being. Without a good night’s sleep, we function below our capacity to handle the demands of life, with varying consequences.

The effects of prolonged sleep deprivation cannot be underestimated, and leads to premature aging, hormone imbalances, an increased risk of developing diabetes and high blood pressure. According to Mark Mahowald, a professor of neurology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, any amount of sleep deprivation reduces mental performance, and “one complete night of sleep deprivation is as impairing in simulated driving tests as a legally intoxicating blood-alcohol level.”

Can you harness the power of Feng Shui to improve your sleep? The answer is a resounding “yes”. If you’re tired of not getting your zzz’s, Feng Shui expert Yvonne Phillips can tell you how simple adjustments to your bedroom will make a major difference. With over 20 years of experience in the ancient art of Feng Shui and the author of “Feng Shui ABC: Project for a Weekend”, Yvonne understands how the energy or “chi” that flows around us impacts the quality of our well-being. If energy is blocked in our environment, this imbalance and disharmony will inevitably lead to discomfort, irritability, and prevent restful sleep.

This ancient Chinese practice is increasingly in demand here in the west for all areas of life, and Yvonne offers practical Feng Shui tips that anyone can immediately apply to their bedrooms to promote deep sleep that is so needed.

  • How can “good” or “bad” Feng Shui affect my sleep?

The relationship between your environment and sleep quality is closely linked. Feng Shui is about working with energy, and the intentional clearing and arrangement of objects to allow the healthy flow of positive energy, and the dissipation of the negative. For better sleep, it focuses on purposefully working with the proper energy flow in your bedroom, which although invisible to the naked eye, directly impacts your own energy field, the quality of your sleep and overall health.

  • What are the items in a bedroom that disrupt sleep the most?

Any electrical appliance or tech gadget that emits electromagnetic fields (EMFs), such as a plugged-in or wireless device. I recommend moving your alarm clock as far away from your bed as possible, if not out of the room entirely, along with removing your cell phone, computer, electric blanket, and TV. Studies show that EMFs impact the cells in your body, and deplete normal melatonin levels, with low melatonin being a major factor in poor sleep and other health problems. Excessive exposure to EMFs can disrupt normal circadian rhythms, and simply clearing out these devices from your bedroom may be the most important factor to achieve proper sleep.

  • Once I remove EMFs, then what?

The next step would be to clear out any clutter and excess furniture and items which not only gather dust, but block the flow of positive chi. A bedroom filled with clutter causes energy to stagnant and creates a busy and distracting environment. Be sure to clear items from under the bed, the corners and the closet. Healthy energy flow does not follow the motto, “out of sight, out of mind”, and useless clutter piled up anywhere will throw off the energy of the entire room. Achieving a clear “Zen” space is ideal for peaceful sleep.

After the clutter and dust is cleared, consider the lighting in your bedroom. Are your window coverings keeping it dark enough at night? Melatonin production, which is essential to sleep, naturally rises in the dark and is affected by your exposure to light. To ensure proper melatonin levels which make you sleepy, block out any outside light and keep the room as dark as possible.

  • Does the color of my bedroom matter for getting better sleep?

Absolutely; the proper use of color is a major factor in Feng Shui, and will dramatically impact the energy of your room and your ability to sleep. Avoid painting your bedroom red or bright orange, as it is too energizing a color to allow adequate rest. Instead, opt for soothing pastel colors such as green or blue which promotes healing and calmness, or soft cream or beige.

  • Do you have any advice about my bedroom furniture?

Keep the space around your bed clear, with no objects or furniture with sharp corners jutting in. To best support your personal energy, position your bed so you can see the door while in bed, but far enough away so you’re not in alignment with it. Solid headboards made from wood are good Feng Shui, to support the chi around the head, and have a bed with a mattress raised off the floor to allow the flow of chi.

If possible, avoid sleeping under heavy ceiling beams or a slanted roof, which press down on the energy in the room. Remove any sad or depressing art or busy pictures with a lot of people, pulling on your attention. The aim is to keep the energy of the room as clear and relaxing as possible.

  • Any final thoughts on how to sleep better?

Along with cool, fresh air, aromatherapy diffusers are a wonderful Feng Shui tool for improved air quality and clearer breathing, such as eucalyptus, pine or tea tree oil. Soft lighting such as salt lamps is also recommended. Keep all the doors closed at night, including the bedroom door, closet, and the en-suite bathroom door.

Your bedroom should be treated as your sanctuary where you are at your most vulnerable while recharging your energies. Feng Shui for better sleep is about balance, and creating a calm and peaceful bedroom without distraction, while also promoting a good circulation of chi.

Imagine the usual environment and stresses of a standard city with say 2-3 million people in – very sizeable by any stretch of the imagination! Now picture the same environment and stresses in a city of 12-13 million people and this is very large. Actually, for many of us who don’t live in these colossal giants, quite impossible to imagine.

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Any city that has over 10 million people living within its metropolitan area is said to be a ‘megacity’. These include Shanghai (China), Mexico City (Mexico), Johannesburg-Pretoria (South Africa), Dhaka (Bangladesh), New York (USA) and London (UK). While these megacities have had much attention focused upon them by people and publications interested in cities, a recent television programme by broadcaster Andrew Marr titled ‘Megacities’ has covered these and bought them to a prime-time audience.

While all megacities, all five featured in the programme -London, Shanghai, Dhaka, Mexico City and Tokyo- all had different characteristics, benefits and drawbacks. However, for me, the most interesting comparison was between Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, and Tokyo, capital of Japan. Both cities are megacities and suffer from overcrowding and other pressures. Dhaka is a very fast growing city -with an extra 500,000 people moving into the city from the surrounding countryside every year, being a city with economically poor people in a poor country that is also at risk of flooding. Tokyo, on the other hand tends to have by-and-large a far more affluent population which until recently lay within the world’s second richest economy behind the USA – though Japan has now been relegated to third place behind both the USA and China.

  • Before too much thought, and certainly my personal thought, was that the city with the most stressed inhabitants would surely be Dhaka, due to the risk of flooding, trying to scrape enough money to live and indeed, living in self built house closely compact and nearly on-top of ones neighbours – even quite literally the case.
  • On the other hand Tokyo would be stressful, of course as it is a megacity, but not to the same degree as Dhaka and that people would have more opportunities to relax due to greater personal wealth and facilities on offer. It seemed however that actually the opposite is true.

While under no circumstances do I want to suggest a romantic view of being economically poor -because in the 21st century there should be no such thing as poverty- I actually got the impression that the poorer people with the slum in Dhaka were actually happier than the richer people in Tokyo. The reasons for this are as follows.

  1. The people of Dhaka had a very strong sense of community. People live with immediate and extended family in very small and confided spaces, in close proximity to neighbours and relatives. People seemed to talk and help each other out where possible.
  2. In Dhaka, while people seemed to work very hand – and indeed many do work exceptionally hard to simply keep a roof over their heads and put food on the table; much of the work seemed to be of the hard physical labour variety that while very hard on the body, does not place mental stress on the mind that lead to psychological burnout.

People in Tokyo on the other hand, while more affluent, actually seemed far more stressed. While people live in very close proximity to one-another as in Dhaka -with people crammed into small apartment placed high above each other into the sky; unlike Dhaka, there did not seem to be the same neighbourliness and personal interaction between people – especially between neighbours and strangers. People were living very mono-centric lives, living close to one-another but having little interaction.

With the nature of much employment in Tokyo – finance and other office work – stress tends to be psychological rather than physical stress on the body as with Dhaka. Alongside this, and something that was pointed out to Andrew Marr, was the impersonal nature of the city, an almost clinicalness – something that appeared to annoy Marr after only two days in Tokyo. Very small clinical apartments are one thing, but the ‘rent a friend’ scheme for people who have no friends just shows the loneliness that can exist in such a big city. It is ironic that a city of over 12 million inhabitants can have people who are so lonely!

Finally the most striking thing about Tokyo is its clockwork organisation. On the surface this would surely lead to less stress – with very rarely a late train and infrequent technological failures. We humans though, as a species crave different environments and experiences that change from day-to-day. And while delays and route-changes making us late every day would be unwelcome, slight daily change and the unexpected are essential for us. This is why I feel that despite all the cultural advances, Andrew Marr found Dhaka -along with Mexico City which was also focused upon in the programme- to be strangely less stressful. As I have already touched upon, Marr admitted himself that two days spent in Tokyo was enough and that he actually felt unnerved by the city impersonal nature of the city.

To conclude then, with anything in life including stress, the unexpected can actually happen. At first thought, I would have said that Tokyo would have been the least stressful city, with its clockwork transport system and modern hi-tech gadgets to help us in life. But actually, surprisingly, Dhaka seemed to be the less stressful of the two for Andrew Marr, largely as a result of the social interaction and close bonds that existed in the city, more-so than in Tokyo – though it has to be said that life on the breadline in Dhaka is only slightly less stressful!

Both cities then are extremely stressful places to live and work by no-means should we romanticise poverty and deprivation. But it does go to show that sometimes we can have these hi-tech innovations designed to free us that actually cause us less free time and greater stress. This stress is of course multiplied in a megacity: mega-cities mega-stress!

While good health does the body a lot of good, the outward look is also important in enhancing our psychological needs. The better we look the more confident we will be and the higher self esteem we will have.
Acne is one of the worst face conditions that affect many people. This condition can ruin ones attitude in life and have detrimental psychological effects to a person. Unfortunately not many people even the specialists quite understand acne and how to get rid of it but Acne No More has the remedy.

About Acne No More
Acne No More is a book authored by Mike Walden. The say experience is the best teacher, Mike has been a victim of acne for 13 years and as everyone else with the same condition he suffered the physical and psychological effects of acne which prompted him to look for a lasting solution which he finally got and documented in his book acne no more. In the book he gives a list of all the medications and treatments he tried that never worked. This book is therefore a product of more than seven years of trial and error that Mike put into clinical research about acne.

Contents of Acne No More
So what is contained in Acne No More that most people don’t really know about acne? First Mike clearly elaborates the misconceptions that many people have had about acne. He gives a list of the things that people do and products they use for healing acne that may have only aggravated the condition instead of curing.

Some include:

  • The fact that antibiotics and drugs can actually increase acne and he elaborates how this happens.
  • That creams and cleansers cannot cure acne, they are only short term solutions, he gives long term ones.
  • That acne is not a normal condition as most would assume, according to him it is an indication of an imbalance in our bodies, whose solutions he discloses.
  • In the book he goes on to explain these facts in detail hence the reader clearly understands where the problem lies.

In Acne No More, Mike discloses where many people with acne have gone wrong and why the previous treatments they may have undergone have not worked. His guide to curing acne also provides permanent solutions as opposed to other commonly used remedies like pills and cleansers which he claims only have short term effects and they only address one aspect of acne which means it can recur. The book generally breaks down the causes of acne and many other details that many acne victims may have assumed or ignored. Acne no more, provides the reader with ways of practically tackling this condition from inside as opposed to reliance on chemicals that address the external aspects of acne.

Why Read Acne No More

The steps given in this book give the reader permanent solutions for all types and cases of acne.
The reader will not only know how to cure acne permanently but he or she will also learn ways to prevent the recurrence of acne.
All this information is broken down is a logical and properly structured way.
The book is written in consideration of a laypersons mind, it therefore doesn’t contain any medical jargon.
The outlined steps are also quite easy to follow. The instructions in the book are also easy to implement using day to day things that are easily available at home.

Acne No More is a book for anyone who suffers from any level of acne or knows someone suffering from the same. It does not offer not a quick fix but permanent solutions for acne.

The term ‘asthma’ is actually the Greek word for ‘panting’. Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory disease which attacks the respiratory system that is indicated by the tightening of the airway. People suffering from this condition often feel that his/her airway is inflamed and filled with mucus. Common asthma symptoms include wheezing, coughing during nighttime, shortness of breath, as well as pressure, pain, and the feeling of tightness around the chest area. However, the severity of these symptoms varies from time to time, one sufferer to another. They can be mild now, but they can get more severe in the future. Asthma attacks can be caused by genetic and external factors. Some people suffer an attack when they are in cold climates, while some others might get it after doing heavy workouts or sports. Mild asthma usually lasts for a while and subsides within a matter of minutes. On the other hand, more severe condition might need serious treatment.

If not treated immediately, early symptoms can lead to acute asthma. Therefore it is essential to have the knowledge about asthma symptoms in order to prevent an attack from happening. Early symptoms among others are frequent coughing during nighttime, wheezing and coughing especially after doing exercises, trouble sleeping, and shortness of breath. Other warning signs include the feeling of tiredness or weakness even when you are doing light activities, and decreased lung function (which can be checked using a peak flow meter). Common cold and allergy symptoms such as cough, headache, sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, and sore throat also indicate that a person is prone to asthma.

Do not wait until too late to treat these early symptoms of asthma. Given that this condition cannot be cured, you need to learn how to prevent it from reoccurring too often. The very basic step of asthma symptom treatment is by controlling the environment. Healthy environment makes healthy people. You can prevent the accumulation of dust and other asthma-triggering agents by not keeping furry or feathery pets, keeping the humidity of the house low, replacing upholstery and carpets with non-fabric materials, and using air conditioner instead of fan. You should also wash your bed sheets, pillow cases, and mattress pad using hot water at least once a week. Also consider replacing conventional bedding materials such as foam rubber, kapok, or down feathers with synthetic ones. Covering mattress, box springs, and pillows with dust-proof wrap will also effective to prevent dust from accumulating.