What is Eosinophilic Asthma?
Eosinophilic asthma is a severe form of asthma that occurs in an estimated 5% of adults.
It is identified as having an abnormal concentration of eosinophils, which are a white blood cell that works within the lung’s immune system. These cells cause a defensive reaction in the lungs, causing them to swell up from inflammation. This restricts the air passageways, making it difficult to breathe.
Most people contract this form of asthma as adults in their twenties and thirties. Currently, scientists and physicians do not know what eosinophilic asthma is triggered by or how to control the eosinophil cells.
Eosinophilic Asthma Symptoms
Symptoms of eosinophilic asthma include shortness of breath, rapid breathing, wheezing, difficulty with either inhaling or exhaling, dizziness, tightness and/or soreness in chest, mental confusion, or fogginess from low oxygen levels.
Symptoms may become increasingly exacerbated from anxiety due to exhaustion or frustration over the effort that it takes to breathe.
Medical Treatments for Eosinophilic Asthma
Severe asthma is very dangerous and must be treated with prescription medication as the main method of treatment. Inhalers and corticosteroids are the two main methods.
Inhalers serve as an emergency treatment when breathing attacks occur and work within seconds by relaxing the lungs and opening up airways.
Corticosteroids are a long-term treatment that is meant to strengthen the lungs. Weakened lungs are more prone to irritation, and the corticosteroids help to prevent or lessen the occurrence of asthmatic episodes.
Physical Treatment Options and Exercises
Other treatment options can include physical exercises – like breathing exercises.
Breathing exercises involve pulling in a full breath of air, holding it, and then letting it out slowly, taking care to push the air out of the lungs completely.
Breathing exercises help to utilize the full capacity of the lungs and discourage shallow breathing. Posture is also important; keeping a straight posture takes the pressure off of the lungs and makes it easier for them to fill up and exhale air.
Natural Treatment for Eosinophilic Asthma
Coffee and the ingredients often used in tea, such as honey and lemon, can serve as natural treatments for nonemergency asthma relief. The warmth from the beverages helps to dissolve mucus obstructions and soothe the muscles of the throat. More importantly, it’s the caffeine that plays the starring role by reducing inflammation. Add a little lemon and honey to the tea to help internally cleanse and for a boost of vitamin C. Ginger, and licorice root may also provide aid with respiratory relief.
Curcumin, which is found in many herbs and vegetables, speeds up the metabolism and reduces inflammation. Herbs that are known to be highly concentrated in curcumin include cayenne pepper and turmeric. Many vegetables contain some level of curcumin. Dark green and leafy vegetables such as kale and mustard greens have a high amount, along with orange and yellow vegetables, such as bell peppers and carrots.
You can find numerous major tea brands that sell tea to support better breathing in major grocery stores, drug stores, or whole foods stores. Green tea is also known to be high in curcumin and can provide effective relief when taken warm with honey and lemon.