Asthma attacks are horrifying and so a person should regularly visit a doctor in order to keep track of their disease. Asthma is not always completely treatable. Even the best medicines and best doctors are not sometimes able to help you with the disease. In that case, one should always be ready to deal with a sudden asthma attack. This article will tell you how to deal with such a condition, either if it is you or someone around you. The most common and expected reaction when a person encounters an asthma attack is getting hyper. Instead of handling the situation calmly, most of us get confused and spoil the situation even more. The correct and first thing to do is to keep you calm.[irp]
HELPING YOURSELF DURING AN ATTACK: If you yourself get an asthma attack, follow these steps:
- Relax and take slow breathes
- Use your usual inhaler and breathe steadily
- Take puffs in every few minutes. 10 puffs are allowed
- If you don’t feel better, call emergency
HELPING AN ADULT DURING ATTACK: If some adult around you seems to have an asthma attack, follow these steps:
- Lose the clothing and make the adult sit in a relaxed position.
- Ask them to use their usual inhaler and help them in it
- If they don’t have an inhaler, use it from an emergency kit or ask a passerby for an inhaler.
- Deliver another puff after every minute, not exceeding ten puffs.
HELPING A CHILD DURING ASTHMA ATTACK: Response of a child to an asthma attack might not be as prominent as an adult. In such cases, one should contact a doctor or call emergency if the condition worsens.
- Try to keep the child relaxed.
- Ask the child to use an inhaler and take 4 puffs.
- Repeat puffs after 4 minutes if the condition doesn’t improve
- If there is no inhaler, use it from an emergency kit or ask a passerby.
SIGNS OF ASTHMA ATTACK: Asthma attacks occur when the airway passage narrows due to inflammation, creating difficulty in breathing, turning skin pale and sort of blue lips. Understanding the trigger factors is important in order to prevent yourself from future attacks
TRIGGER FACTORS: Every person has a different trigger factor, most common being an allergy to some substance in the environment. Following are few common factors.
- Cigarette smoke, direct or passive
- Dust or mites
- Breathing cold, dry air
- Vigorous exercise
- Respiratory tract infections
- GIT disease
PREVENTION: Following are a number of ways to prevent oneself from having an asthma attack:
- Adopting a healthy lifestyle is the easiest and simplest way. Cut down on fats and dairy products and take Omega-3 fatty acids and organic foods in abundant quantities.
- Increase intake of water.
- Avoid trigger factors.
- Treat any GIT disease
- Exercise lightly
- Practice breathing techniques.
- Take rests between exercises or matches.
- Choose exercises that benefit you as well as allows you to work at your own pace.