FIRST AID FOR ASTHMA ATTACK

FIRST AID FOR ASTHMA ATTACK

Asthma is a chronic (long-term) lung disease that results in difficulty in breathing. It is a condition in which there is an increased sensitivity in the air passages of the sufferer leading to mucus production, swelling and blockage of the airway. All these leads to difficulty in breathing which is noticed during asthma attack.

Common causes of Asthma attack

-          Dust

-          Pollution

-          Pet dander

-          Dust mites

-          Smoke

-          Pollen

-          Stress

-          Exercise

Symptoms of Asthma Attack

Wheezing

Coughing

Chest tightness

Shortness of Breath

Difficulty of breathing and talking

Anxiety

First Aid Treatment for Asthma Attack

  1. Help the person to sit upright in a comfortable position
  2. Reassure the person and encourage him/her to keep taking in deep breaths
  3. Help him/her take their medication (this is usually contained in an inhaler)
  4. If the attack becomes severe, call the emergency number and get the person to a hospital.
  5. Don’t leave them alone until help comes.
  6. If he/she gets better without any external help, it is advised that they pay a visit to the hospital to learn more about what triggered the attack and how to manage the asthma better.