• 11 months ago

    RE: Grand daughter woke up in the night.having problems breathing!

    Eosinophilic asthma is a rare type of asthma. It’s often severe and usually comes on in adults. The main treatment for asthma -- drugs called inhaled corticosteroids -- don’t have much of an effect on it, even in high doses. That means it's harder to manage and you’re more likely to have asthma attacks.

    When you have eosinophilic asthma, you have a larger than the normal number of eosinophils -- or white blood cells that fight diseases -- in your blood, lung tissue, and the mucus you cough up from your respiratory tract. The goal of treatment is to improve and control your asthma symptoms.

    There are three main tests used to measure your level of eosinophils. Here’s what you need to know about each.

    Blood eosinophil count

    A blood test is commonly used to measure levels of eosinophils in your blood. It’s a simple blood draw, similar to a cholesterol or blood sugar screening. Though, you don’t need to fast before this blood test.

    Sputum Eosinophil Count Test: This test is to measure eosinophils in your sputum, a mixture of coughed mucus and saliva. The practicality of the test is bit deniable as few people have trouble generating a sample however the accuracy of this test is unquestionable.

    Bronchial biopsy

    This test is more invasive than the others and less likely to be used for your initial diagnosis.

    How it works: While you are mildly sedated, a scope is inserted through your nose or mouth to collect tissue from your airways, which is then tested for eosinophils. If eosinophils are detected even though you've been treating your asthma with steroids, you may be diagnosed with eosinophilic asthma.

    How you can treat Eosinophilic Asthma?

    Depending on the condition your doctor may recommend certain type of drugs to manage the condition and help you breathe easily. The most common Eosinophilic Asthma treatment includes:

    These are maintenance drugs, which means they help you maintain normal breathing and prevent asthma symptoms from taking control. Their job is to keep certain cells in the lungs and airways from releasing chemicals that cause asthma attacks to act up.

    Leukotriene modifiers
    Some of the chemicals in your immune system that cause asthma symptoms are called leukotrienes. Eosinophils love to team up with leukotrienes and cause inflammation in your upper and lower airways.

    Medicines called leukotriene modifiers -- such as montelukast (Singulair), zafirlukast (Accolate), and zileuton (Zyflo) -- relieve the effects of leukotrienes and ease asthma symptoms. It’s rare, but some people get agitated and anxious when taking these meds. If this happens to you, tell your doctor.
    Biologic therapies
    These therapies are provided to the patient to block the chemicals in the body that is responsible for the inflammation and swelling. These are provided by intravenous drip or injection.

  • 11 months ago

    RE: Grand daughter woke up in the night.having problems breathing!

    Do you cough at night or are you awakened by your child’s wheezing and coughing during night time? If the answer to all these questions is yes to any of those above, you have come to the right place. Uncontrolled asthma makes it quite difficult for a child and family members to have a sound sleep. There are many causes of asthma cough at night that are discussed below:

    Sinuses draining
    Hormonal changes
    Increased airway resistance due to airways narrowing during your sleep

    What to do when asthma stops you from sleeping?

    Firstly, sit up straight and take your inhaler, as prescribed. It’s always best to keep your inhaler next to your bed so that you don’t have to search it in the middle of the night when you have a problem.
    Some people find propping themselves up with extra pillows helps as it allows your lungs to open up more fully when you breathe.
    Try to adjust the temperature of the room as per your comfort if in any case your asthma is made worse when the air in a room is too hot or too cold.
    A glass of water or a cup of herbal tea, such as peppermint or chamomile, can help ease a dry throat.