Aug 22, 2012
According to U.S. National Library of Medicine, caffeine helps to improve the function of the respiratory airways in people with asthma for up to four hours. There have been several studies over the years to support caffeine as a treatment for asthma. The research results have been conflicting with some researchers relating it to chemicals while others promising respite from respiratory conditions by reducing inflammation.
Caffeine as a Treatment for Asthma
Side-effects of Caffeine for Asthmatics
Health experts warn asthmatics for over-consumption of caffeine as they may encounter nervousness, dizziness, increased urination and insomnia. Furthermore, sensitive individuals are at higher risk of alleviating blood pressure and heart rate due to caffeine consumption. Therefore, moderate caffeine consumption is advisable and should be avoided early in the day.
Caffeine gets passed to the brain quickly. It gets absorbed and leaves the body through the urine after many hours post consumption. As there is no nutritional need for caffeine, there are threats of over-consumption that can be avoided. Among other side-effects of caffeine include fast heart rate, anxiety, depression, sleeping difficulties, nausea, urinating problems and vomiting.
Caffeine cannot be considered an alternative to medications and treatment for asthma. Medical consultation is recommended for managing caffeine consumption so that it has no side-effects. Furthermore, asthmatics already on theophylline prescription should avoid drinking large amounts of caffeine as the chemical formulation could be fatal. Caffeine may be a temporary solution for respiratory respite, but not a full-time solution.
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