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First Aid for Asthma

First Aid for Asthma

First Aid for Asthma
First Aid for Asthma

Asthma

Asthma is a long-term chronic lung disease in which your airways narrow & swell and produces extra mucus. Asthma makes breathing difficult and triggers coughing, chest tightness, wheezing, and shortness of breath.

Asthma affects people of all ages. For few people, asthma is a minor problem. For others, it can be a major problem & it may lead to an asthma attack.

First Aid for Asthma Attack

  • Help the person to sit in a comfortable position and loosen tight clothing.
  • Reassure them and ask them to breathe slowly and deeply which will help them control their breathing.
  • If the person has asthma medication, like an inhaler, assist in using it.
  • If the person doesn’t show any improvement within a few minutes, it may be a severe attack. Tell victim to take one or two puffs of their inhaler every two minutes, until its 10 puffs.
  • If the attack is severe and it’s getting worse, then call for the Ambulance & Rush him to the Hospital.

What are the Causes for Asthma??

The most common causes of Asthma include:

  1. Allergies:

Almost all people with asthma have allergies. It is best to avoid or limit contact with known allergens to prevent asthma attack

Common allergens that cause allergic asthma include:

Cockroach, Dust mites, Pollens, Molds, Pet Dander, Rodents& animal fur or feathers.

  1. Airborne Irritants:
  • Cigarette smoke.
  • Air pollution such as smog, ozone, & others
  • Wood fires, Charcoal Grills.
  • Strong chemical fumes or odors (such as paint, gasoline, perfumes and scented soaps)
  • Dust particles in the air.

 

  1. Weather: Dry wind, cold air or sudden changes temperature.
  2. Feeling & Expressing Strong Emotions like stress, laughing & anger.
  3. Genes: Parents with asthma increases a person’s risk by three to six times
  4. Reduce water content in the body, vigorous physical exercises can also trigger the asthma attack.

Asthma Prevention

Asthma is a long-term chronic disease. However, you can take steps to control the disease and prevent its symptoms.

  1. Use allergy-proof covers on pillows & mattresses.
  2. Quit & Avoid Smoking Areas
  3. Wear a mask and gloves when vacuuming, cleaning or painting to prevent dust and chemical exposure.
  4. Reduce stress, maintain good hydration of the body
  5. Keep Quick-relief asthma medicines readily available.
  6. Get vaccinated for influenza and pneumonia.
  7. Get regular checkups for your asthma.
  8. For Asthma people, having Asthma management plan is the best way to prevent Asthma Symptoms.

Cure:

Asthma is a long-term disease that has no cure. But the goal of asthma treatment is to control the disease. There are many medical treatments to control asthma. Some simple natural home remedies can provide better relief from symptoms.

  1. Garlic

Garlic is a well-known natural remedy for asthma that can help clear congestion in your lungs during the early symptoms of asthma: Boiling two or three cloves in a cup of milk & drinking it helps for asthma control.

Few Home remedies include caffeine in regular coffee, soaked figs, Drumstick leaves soup, Mustard oil with little camphor and bitter gourd juice can help you in treating asthma.

  1. Medicines

Your doctor will consider many things including your age, symptoms, asthma triggers when deciding the best asthma medicines for you. Doctor will check to see how well a medicine works for you. Then, they will adjust the dose or medicine as needed.

Some medicines include Anti-inflammatory drugs like inhaled steroids are used for the most of the patients.

Asthma medicines can be taken in pill form, but most asthma patients use an inhaler. An inhaler helps in taking the medicine directly to your lungs and gives a fast relief.

Frequently Asking Questions:

  1. What is asthma?

Asthma is a long-term chronic lung disease in which your airways narrow & swell and produces extra mucus. Asthma makes breathing difficult and triggers coughing, chest tightness, wheezing, and shortness of breath.

     2. What are the symptoms of asthma?

Common symptoms of asthma include the following:

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing especially at night
  • Chest tightness.
  • The tightness of breath.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Increased mucous production.
  • Blocked nose
  1. Can medicine cure asthma?

No, there is no cure for asthma. Although asthma is a long-term chronic disease which cannot be cured, but can be controlled. There are many medicines & Natural Home remedies that help people to control Asthma.

  1. What Causes Asthma?

An asthma attack is caused when people are exposed to “asthma triggers”. Some of the most common triggers are Smoking, outdoor air pollution, dust mites, cockroach allergen, pets, and mold.

  1. Can hay fever make my asthma worse?

Yes. An itchy or blocked nose due to hay fever can make asthma worse. Treating your hay fever will help to keep your asthma under control.

  1. Can Asthma medicines affect the baby if the victim is Pregnant?

It is normal for future mothers to feel uneasy about taking asthma medicines. It is important that her asthma is well controlled not only for her own health but also for the better health of her unborn child. If you are pregnant, consult your doctor about your asthma so that your airways can be stabilized and appropriate medicines are prescribed.

  1. Why do I need to shake my puffer before using it?

The liquid inside the puffer is the mixture of medicine and propellant (the substance that forces the spray to your lungs). The medicine droplets may settle separately from the propellant inside your puffer when you aren’t using it.

So if you don’t shake while taking the dose, you could be inhaling just the propellant with no medicine. So it’s better to shake to mix-up medicine with propellant.

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Blood For Sure

Blood For sure is a cloud based Medical emergency response network, which assist people during medical emergencies by connecting to the nearest emergency responder (First aid, ambulance, hospital, blood bank, blood donor etc.) To avail Emergency medical services call Blood For Sure helpline 080 67335555. Download bloodforsure app click the below link.

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