Overview Of Asthma
- Individuals with asthma have lungs and airways which are very sensitive. When confronted with certain triggers the airways become constricted, making it difficult to breathe.
- It can take anywhere from 5 minutes to a few days for an asthma attack to develop.
- During an asthma attack, the major symptoms might be tightness of the chest, coughing, gasping and a shortness of breath. These symptoms can deteriorate over time. You need to identify the signs of an asthma attack.
Signs Of A Brutal Asthma Attack:
- Out of breath and severe restriction on the chest
- Unable to talk more than two words per breath
- Feeling distraught and nervous
- Little or no progress after inhaling the blue reliever medication
- Bluish color around the lips (which can at times be difficult to see if the skin colour also varies)
- Pale and clammy
- If an individual is suffering from an asthma attack, you must begin Asthma First Aid.
Asthma First Aid Treatment And Steps
Step 1 – Sit the casualty in a vertical position, stay calm and provide comfort. Do not leave the casualty alone.
Step 2 – Without waiting, take a blue reliever medication and give 4 puffs.
Step 3 – Then wait for about 4 minutes.
Step 4 – If there is little or no progress redo steps 2 and 3. If there is still no progress, or you are worried at any time – phone the emergency services right away. Tell the dispatcher the casualty is suffering from an asthma attack. Keep providing the casualty with 4 puffs every 4 minutes until the ambulance arrives. Note: Providing blue reliever medication to a person who doesn’t have asthma won’t harm them in any way.
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