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Speaking of Asthma (An Invaluable Easy-to-Follow, Concise Guide to Help You Detect and Prevent Asthmatic Attacks)

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About the Book This book was written for those who suffer from temporary cough, expectoration or shortness of breath and for those who suffer from chronic asthma due to allergies or other factors. Since the bronchi of asthmatic patients are hypersensitive, cold air, dust, animal hair, pollen or physical exertion are sufficient to provoke an asthma attack. Asthmatic patients often live in fear of the next attack and worry about their ability to manage the everyday problems associated with...
About the Book

This book was written for those who suffer from temporary cough, expectoration or shortness of breath and for those who suffer from chronic asthma due to allergies or other factors.

Since the bronchi of asthmatic patients are hypersensitive, cold air, dust, animal hair, pollen or physical exertion are sufficient to provoke an asthma attack.

Asthmatic patients often live in fear of the next attack and worry about their ability to manage the everyday problems associated with asthma.

Daily experience in his general practice has convinced Dr. Dietrich Nolte, Chief Resident of a special clinic for respiratory diseases, that asthmatic patients must be well informed about their disease. This book is the first to offer the asthmatic patient specialised medical advice, and to explain the causes and specialised treatment methods. A patient can follow the advice of a physician only if he is well informed. If the asthmatic patient knows which factors play a decisive role in his asthma, then he can learn to control these factors and lead a better life, despite his chronic asthma.

About the Author

Dietrich Nolte, M.D., Professor of Medicine, was born in Essen in 1937 and studied medicine in Munster, Vienna and Munich. Between 1963 and 1965 he specialised in pathology and physiology. In the period from 1966 to 1973, he became a specialist in internal medicine and later, also in lung diseases and allergies. He received his Ph.D. in 1970 and title of Professor in 1971 in Giessen, where he then served as Chief Resident at the University Medical Clinic until 1974.

Since 1974, he has been the Chief Resident of the Department of Internal Medicine in the City Hospital in Bad-Reichenhall which has a special clinic for respiratory diseases. Since 1977 he has been the Research Director at the Bad-Reichenhall Research Institute for Respiratory Diseases. In 1979, he was honoured with a special professorship at the Technical University of Munich.

Contents

Why I Wrote This Book
1What Is Asthma?9
Asthma, Bronchitis and Emphysema10
The Frequency of Asthma11
Is Asthma Hereditary?11
2Structure and Function of the Respiratory System13
The Nose, Sinuses and Larynx13
The Bronchial Tubes of the Bronchial Tree14
The Inside of the Respiratory System16
Bronchial Secretion17
The Self-Cleaning Mechanism of the Lungs18
The Alveoli and Their Large Surface Area20
Where the Gas Exchange Takes Place20
Pulmonary Circulation21
The Lungs-a Pair of Bellows?23
Respiratory Muscles23
The Exchange of Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide25
The Transportation of Gases25
The Regulation of Breathing26
3How the Lungs and Breathing Are Affected by Asthma28
The Asthmatic's Lung28
Narrowing of the Bronchi31
Causes of Breathlessness31
Causes and Function of Cough32
4The Causes of Asthma33
Asthma-an Allergy?33
The Significance of Respiratory Infections36
Psychogenic Asthma?38
Can Drugs Precipitate Asthma Attacks?41
Exercise-Induced Asthma - an Unsolved Riddle42
Consequences of the Link Between the Nose and Bronchial System43
Is Asthma an Occupational Disease?46
The Hypersensitive Bronchial System46
5How the Physician Makes the Diagnosis48
The Typical Asthma Attack48
Breathlessness Does Not Always Indicate Asthma49
The Asthmatic's Bronchial Noises50
Significance of the Pulmonary Function Test51
Developments of Allergy Testing53
Important: Testing of the Sputum57
6The Natural History of Asthma58
Initiation of the Disease Process58
Is There a Link Between Hay Fever and Asthma?59
The Acute Asthma Attack60
Developing Chronic Asthma60
Acute Dangers and Late Consequences61
Final Stage: Congestive Heart and Pulmonary Failure62
7What the Physician Can Do65
Specific Hyposensitization-One Method of Effective Treatment65
Hyposensitization in General Practice66
Success of Hyposensitization67
Different Methods of Treatment for Infection-Induced Asthma68
Drugs to Help Prevent an Asthma Attack69
Broncho-Dilators and How They Work70
Sympathomimetic drugs71
Anticholinergic agents73
Theophylline (xanthine derivatives)75
Aerosol or Tablet?75
Corticosteroids: Efficacy and Side Effects76
After Hospital Admission79
Surgery for Asthma?80
8How the Patient Can Help Himself 83
Protection from Allergens83
Infection and Asthma85
Possibilities Offered by Breathing Exercises86
Learn Autogenic Training86
Exercise and Sports89
Occupational Activities90
Where to Spend Your Vacation91
Are Health Spas Worthwhile?92
Asthma and Pregnancy93
Be Wary of Easy Cures93
9Learning to Live With Asthma95
Charts
Pollen Calendar35
Antigens That Induce Asthma44
A Questionnaire for the Asthmatic54
The Most Important Broncho-Dilating Drugs74
Breathing Exercises87

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Item Code: NAM325 Author: Dietrich Nolte Cover: Paperback Edition: 2012 Publisher: Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd. ISBN: 9788120720572 Language: English Size: 8.5 inch x 5.5 inch Pages: 96 (13 B/W Illustrations) Other Details: Weight of the Book: 130 gms
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