Asthma and other allergic diseases are extremely common in general population and it is estimated that up to 10% of Indian population may be allergic. Since asthma and allergic disorders are predominantly genetic in origin, prevention is not possible. Dr. Rajesh, reputed faculty and expert consultant in pulmonary and critical care explain the reasons and remedies of this serious chest disease and suggest possible precautions. Dr. Rajesh, former Professor of Amritha Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi is now consultant pulmonologist in the Rajagiri Hospital, Kochi.
Asthma is an allergic disorder affecting the airways and the lung. Allergy refers to exaggerated response of the human body or parts of it to external agents. The affected organs react to external stimuli at a much greater magnitude to the extent of injuring one’s own body. Asthma often coexists with other allergic diseases of the skin, eyes, nose, throat etc. The manifestations of the condition can vary greatly as described subsequently.
Asthma and other allergic diseases are extremely common in general population and are being encountered extremely commonly in medical practice. It is estimated that up to 10% of Indian population may be allergic. True data and figures are difficult to obtain and the values are estimated by extrapolation from sample population surveys. Increasing rates are seen in recent years, which may be a true increase owing to alterations in atmospheric particles or an apparent increase due to better awareness and detection rates. Allergic disorders account for a significant proportion
of patients seeking care from respiratory, ENT, dermatology and general medicine practitioners.
(Read the full part of this article from the April Issue of Safety Messenger Magazine 2015)