Cough Treatment During Pregnancy
Cough and cold can be really annoying, especially during pregnancy. What is more problematic is that the pregnant women cannot use all types of cough medications, as certain ingredients can have an adverse effect on the developing fetus. So, they should always check the ingredients and confirm with their physician before taking them. Here are some medications and home remedies that can be safely used by expectant mothers.
- As the name suggests, allergic broncho-pulmonary aspergillosis affects people who suffer from respiratory problems like asthma.
- This condition is also known to affect people with cystic fibrosis.
- In this condition, the patient often develops chronic allergic reaction.
- The common symptoms which accompany include wheezing, fever and cough.
- It is caused due to the fungus lining the airway.
Treatment for Asthmatic Bronchitis
Although asthmatic bronchitis is not a life-threatening condition, it is essential to take proper medical help in order to prevent the condition from becoming severe. The doctor will advise the person to use bronchodilators to clear the air ways, which will make breathing easier. Secondly, the doctor will also prescribe some corticosteroids and inhalers which will also help treat symptoms like shortness of breath and breathing difficulty. Apart from the treatment methods, there are several preventive measures that need to be followed to prevent activation of the condition. Smoking (active as well as passive) should be avoided completely; one should try to avoid exposure to smoke, dust, or use a face mask; one should vacuum regularly, and stay away from hairy pets.
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What is Asthmatic Bronchitis
Asthmatic bronchitis is a condition that occurs in people who have been suffering from asthma and contract bronchitis or vice versa. The symptoms of both these conditions are more or less the same, and hence, it is difficult to distinguish between the two conditions. Asthma, bronchitis and asthmatic bronchitis can be triggered off due to several factors like smoking, exposure to air borne pollution like smoke, dust, pollen, mold, etc. As mentioned above, viral or bacterial infection is also one of the major causes of this condition. Asthmatic bronchitis or bronchial asthma is related to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) which occurs when a person suffers from severe and chronic difficulty breathing. The symptoms observed in people suffering from this condition are shortness of breath and difficulty in breathing, cough, chest tightness, wheezing, excess mucus production, etc.
The Expectorant that is Considered to be Safe to for Use During Maternity is Guaifenesin
However, this medication should not be used for a prolonged time period and it is better to consult the doctor before opting for it. The most commonly used cough suppressant in maternity is dextromethorphan. In one animal study, this medication has been found to cause birth defects in chick embryo. However, this study is believed to be defective in nature and dextromethorphan is largely considered as safe to be used by pregnant women. However, still, they should take it only after consulting their physician.
Human Heart Consists of Four Enclosures or Chambers
The two upper chambers called the right and left atria, receive the impure blood and pass it into the lower chambers called right and left ventricles. The blood then moves on from the heart to the lungs where the gases are exchanged. In this entire process, the heart valves make sure that the direction of the blood flow is maintained. When the muscular left ventricle is not capable enough to push out sufficient amount of blood into the lungs, enormous pressure is build up in the left atrium, pulmonary veins and capillaries. To relieve this pressure, fluids from the blood vessels of the lungs are pushed into the alveoli.
To Sum Up, the Use of Cough Medicines During Pregnancy Should be Minimized
Pregnant women having cough should talk to their physician regarding the use of appropriate medications, rather than practicing self-medication. Even though some cough medications can be safely used by expectant mothers, they should not be used for a prolonged period.