Monday, July 8, 2013

First Aid: Asthma

The truth is that a lot of people suffer from asthma. Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory disease in a person’s airways which appears in different forms. It is often a recurring ailment and is believed to be caused by genetic factors as well as environmental factors. If you find yourself looking at someone who seems to be having an asthma attack, you can do the following:

Step 1: Make them sit down and do not expect them to be able to answer any of your questions especially if they are already wheezing. Most asthmatic individuals sit in a tripod position wherein they place their hands on their knees or legs and lean forward in a sitting position. This helps the person relieve pressure swelling in the diaphragm and allows the lungs to expand more, which helps the person breathe better. Make it a point that they are sitting and if they already have collapsed, carry them up and make them sit.

Step 2: Asthmatic individuals always carry an inhaler with them in times like this. It usually appears as an “L” shaped tool.

Step 3: Let them medicate themselves unless you are someone who is qualified to administer medication. Give them their inhaler and do not attempt to do it for them. It needs proper timing and they’re the only ones who are familiar in administering it. Do not panic if they are taking consecutive puffs from it.

Step 4: Inhalers are effective tools to neutralize asthma attacks but it does not mean that they no longer need medical attention. It would still be best to call for professional medical help.

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