|BRONCHIAL asthma is characterized by paroxysmal
attacks, expiratory dyspnoea due to viscid secretion, mucosal
swelling of the mucous membranes and temporary bronchial spasm.
First attack start mostly before the age of 25 years.
History of allergy or bronchial asthma in the family.
Past history of allergy or skin disease may be present.
Dyspnoea is expiratory in nature.
The attack starts suddenly in the middle of the night or in
the early morning hours.
The interval between the attack is symptom free.
During the attack the patient sits up in the bed, bending
forward and holding the surrounding objects tightly with his
May be associated with sneezing, coughing, wheezing, and sweating.
Cough is dry in the beginning and aggressive towards the end
of the attack.
Expectoration is sticky initially but later becomes looser
and profuse in the morning followed by termination of the
The attack persists for several hours or a day and terminates
gradually. The patient expectorates a lot of mucous and passes
a large quantity of urine as the attack subsides and falls
Blood examination may show increased eosinophil count.
heredity plays an important part.
various allergens e.g. pollen, dust, various food and drugs.
Respiratory infection may precipitate an attack.
Anxiety, worry, emotional disturbances.
Abdominal disorder, flatulency.
Sex may precipitate an attack in males.
If diagnosed early, complete cure is possible. But when the
case is fairly advanced, nothing more than palliation can
possibly be done.
Arsenic alba, Bryonia, Kalicarb, Sulphur spongia, Aspidosperma
are all very good medicines to use. Always use medicines after
consulting a physician.