Following our publication of the Janessa Sims Story, our inbox was flooded with questions. So due to popular demand, here is a little fact file on how to deal with an asthma attack.
Asthma is a condition that affects your airways – the small tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. But aside from this ‘textbook’ definition, asthma means different things to different people. So what does it mean to you?
Is it a new diagnosis you’re trying to get your head around? Have you been managing it well for years? Or are you struggling to cope with your symptoms?
How to deal with an Asthma attack.
- Sit upright. Stop whatever you are doing and sit upright.
- Take long, deep breaths. This helps to slow down your breathing and prevent hyperventilation.
- Stay calm.
- Get away from the trigger.
- Take a hot caffeinated beverage.
- Seek emergency medical help.
How to use an inhaler in a Asthma attack.
Using an Aerochamber
Remove the mouth-cap from the inhaler and the aerochamber
Shake the inhaler well and insert into the back of the aerochamber
Place the mouthpiece into your mouth
Press the canister in the inhaler once to release a dose of the drug
Take a slow, deep breath in (if you hear a whistling sound you are breathing in too quickly)
Hold your breath for about ten seconds if you are able and then breathe out through the mouthpiece
Take another slow, deep breath through the aerochamber, this time without pressing the canister in the inhaler
Remove the aerochamber from your mouth and breathe out
Wait a few seconds before repeating steps 2-8 as required for the number of doses you should take as instructed by your nurse
Can you die from an asthma attack?
Determining your risk for a fatal asthma attack is important. Only a third of asthma deaths occur in the hospital, which means many asthma patients who die are either not seeking care or are not being hospitalized with their worsening asthma….. Only 15 to 20 percent die in less than 6 hours after developing symptoms.
How long do the effects of an asthma attack last?
The duration of an attack can vary, depending on what caused it and how long the airways have been inflamed. Mild episodes may last only a few minutes; more severe ones can last from hours to days. Mild attacks can resolve spontaneously or may require medication, typically a quick-acting inhaler.
We hope this information answers the most asked questions. Please remember this is just a guide and if in trouble, seek medical help.
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