Early Signs of an Asthma Attack
When an asthmatic suddenly finds it difficult to breathe this is a clear sign that they are having an asthma episode or asthma flare caused by a trigger, which is usually allergic and can lead to the constriction and inflammation of the airways. Wheezing sounds will be usually heard when this happens.
When too much mucus in the lungs disrupts the flow of air there will be rattling noises. When no wheezing sound can be heard this maybe because the attack is severe and that the airways are almost blocked. Sometimes they attack maybe so severe that the asthmatic isn’t even able to speak.
Inhalers for Asthma Treatment
The sight of someone having an episode can be a horrifying experience. But remember that when this happens there are immediate treatments that can be done. Asthmatics often carry around with them their inhalers which can be broken down into two subtypes; the preventers and the relievers.
Preventers are inhalers which are targeted for preventing the attacks and are used twice a day whether the symptoms are present or not. Relievers on the other hand are those designed to suppress whenever an attack occurs.
Each individual patient may be advised by their doctors differently, depending on their findings and the severity of their asthma. Some may be advised to do more puffs on their inhalers because of their attack severity, this can usually be found outlined in the self management plan. The self management plans are the cards that asthmatics carry around.
Common Quick Relief from Asthma Attacks
So in the event that the asthmatic is unable to speak because of the attack it would be a good idea to look for the card first before attempting to do anything. Place the asthmatic in a sitting position in order for them to breathe a little bit more. It would be unwise and dangerous to place them in a lying position.
Inhalers provide quick relief for those sudden asthma attacks. Instructions in the self help card must first be read so that the correct dosage or puffs can be given. Even if this does not work immediately, it will soothe the asthmatic enough until he/she can get the proper medical attention.