Dr. Khedekar has treated tennis star Novak Djokovic for his EIA (Exercise Induced Asthma)

Novak Djokovic with Dr. Khedekar at his clinic in Belgrade

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WHAT IS ASTHMA?

Asthma is a condition that causes breathing problems. Kids may cough, wheeze, or be short of breath. This happens because airways in the lungs get swollen, smaller, and filled with mucus.

Asthma is common in kids and teens, and tends to run in families. It can be mild or so severe that it gets in the way of daily activities.

With medicine and the right care plan, asthma symptoms can be managed so that kids and teens can do just about anything they want to do.

WHAT CAUSES ASTHMA?

No one knows exactly why some people develop asthma. Experts think it might be a combination of environmental factors and genes: specially gene on chromosome 7P2.

People with asthma may have a parent or other close relative with asthma. Those who are overweight may be more likely to have it.

HOW ASTHMA AFFECTS BREATHING

In asthma, air doesn’t move through the lungs the way it should.

Normally, when someone breathes in, air goes in through the nose or mouth, down the windpipe (trachea), and into the airways (bronchioles) of the lungs. When people breathe out, air exits the body in the opposite direction.

With asthma, air has a harder time passing through. Airways swell and fill with mucus. The muscles around the airways tighten, making airways narrower. Things that can irritate the airways are called “triggers.” Common triggers include cigarette smoke, allergies, and exercise.

Triggers can lead to asthma flare-ups or “attacks.”

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ASTHMA?

ASTHMA FLARE-UPS

Flare-ups are when asthma symptoms get worse. They happen when airways get more irritated and inflamed (swollen) than usual.

Asthma Illustration

During a flare-up, kids might have:

  • trouble breathing
  • a tight chest
  • a whistling sound while breathing (wheezing)
  • a cough
  • a fast heartbeat

Some flare-ups are serious, but others are mild. Flare-ups can happen suddenly or build up over time, especially if kids don’t take their asthma medicines as directed.

Things that bring on a flare-up are called triggers. Triggers vary from person to person, but common ones include:

  • allergies to things like pollen, mold, and pet dander
  • irritants and pollutants in the air
  • respiratory infections, like colds or flu
  • weather conditions
  • exercise (some kids only have asthma symptoms during or after exercise)
  • gastroesophageal reflux

An important part of managing asthma is avoiding triggers. Your child’s doctor will work with you to create a care plan that helps prevent flare-ups as much as possible.

HOW IS ASTHMA DIAGNOSED?

To diagnose asthma, doctors will ask questions about a child’s health, problems with breathing, and family medical history. They’ll also ask about any allergies, illnesses, and exposure to things that may make breathing worse.

Kids will have a physical exam and may have a lung function test. This usually involves testing breathing with a spirometer, a machine that analyzes airflow through the airways.

HOW IS ASTHMA TREATED HOMEOPATHICALLY?

  1. Identify cause (genetic or acquired).
  2. Identify Constitution of patient: Mental and Physical make-up.
  3. Identify triggers (emotions, chemicals, allergens, drugs, situations, etc).
  4. Understand what the patient actually does during the bout of asthma. Its very interesting how different people react to the same pathological condition. Some complain, some tolerate, some quarrel, some want to be left alone, some want to be in contact with loved ones, some rush to the doctor, some become aggressive, etc. These reactions are the most important for a doctor to understand before he analyses and repertoires.
  5. Explain the simple ‘to do’ things to the patient.
  6. Prescribe.
  7. Expect fantastic results.

WHAT HOMEOPATHY COSTS?

Your first consultation with a private homeopath will usually cost between INR 500 to INR 10,000. Further appointments usually cost less – about INR 500 to INR 5000 depending on the location of the place and experience of homeopath. It will also depend on the skill level of his staff or assistants who usually take the first case and prepare it for the main consultant.

Your remedy will usually be included in the consultation price, but do check this first. Homeopathic tablets or other products usually cost around INR 100 to INR500 if you need to buy them separately in India.

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Dr. Shreepad A. Khedekar, BHMS, MD (homeopathy), a specialist for over 17 years, he has used homeopathy in his Switzerland, Belgrade and Mumbai practice for the last 17 years. He lectures in homeopathy at Switzerland, Croatia and at the Serbian Doctors Association (SLD) Teaching Centre in Belgrade and has a busy private practice in Dadar, Mumbai and at Shushrusha Citizens co-operative hospital, Mumbai and is the only Homeopath in their 60 year history.

Dr. Shreepad Khedekar  is the Clinical Director, Imperial clinics Mumbai and Imperial clinics Belgrade, Consultant at Shushrusha Citizens Co-op Hospital Mumbai and Physician to several international stars and celebrities.

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