Notes About Asthma
I am here compiling a series of notes about asthma – the addition of information is ongoing and you are welcome to add your messages about asthma to the bottom of this page – all messages will be moderated before publication.
I am an asthmatic
Notes on Asthma
I am, and always have been an asthmatic, my condition changes from mild to severe and chronic at any time for little reason.
Luckily I have survived to make these notes.
This year – 2014 – I am 71 years of age and very fit and strong, I owe my strength to my genes and the hard physical work that I enjoy.
I also owe my life to the doctors and nurses that have pulled me through many seemingly irreversible asthma attacks.
Of course the asthma drugs are my final savoir.
Here is a list of facts that I wish to convey to those who have asthma and those whose children have asthma.
PLEASE NOTE: – I am not a doctor – you must use your doctor’s advice, my notes are from my experiences and my observations.
Also many people including so called faith healers etc. Will try to tell you how to control and cure asthma do listen, but by no means use their advice rather than consulting a doctor.
A strong healthy normally breathing person can be dead within 45 minutes of the onslaught of a massive asthma attack.
Most asthma attacks are mild.
Most asthma attacks start out mild and go away or get worse if not treated.
Children should be treated as soon as symptoms arise.
Wheezing is often the first symptom.
If a child's asthma attack does not respond to treatment within a few minutes then it is off to the hospital.
An asthma attack might go away on the way, or at hospital due to the change of environment.
I prefer cold dry air when I am having an attack so a car air conditioner can reverse an attack sometimes.
I sometimes go for a ride on my motor bike to get fresh air.
Important: – If you are taking a person to hospital who is having an asthma attack, encourage but do not force them to hurry or get changed into street clothes or wear a seat belt just get them there as fast as possible without hassling them.
Try not to put them in a car where someone has smoked a cigarette, even if it was smoked yesterday.
When you get to the hospital send someone ahead to tell the nurse to prepare for an asthma patient who is slowly walking into the emergency ward.
These notes apply to adults and children.
Some people have only one attach of asthma in their lifetime.
Some people have asthma constantly.
Some people grow out of their asthma.
Growing out of asthma might take 2 to 20 years.
Things that start an attack are called triggers.
Some common asthma triggers are physical exercise, excitement, worry or a fright, a quick change in the weather, cigarettes, other peoples cigarette smoke, perfume, hair spray, shampoo, smelly soap, laundry detergent smell on bedding, diesel exhaust fumes, petrol exhaust fumes, fresh cut grass, jasmine in flower, honey suckle in flower, horse smells, dogs, cats, dust, hay, oil paint, mould, vacuum cleaning, and some foods MSG and pickled onions.
Not everybody have the same triggers.
People with asthma automatically hold their breath and shallow breathe when they detect an asthma trigger.
When a person is asleep they breathe normally and do not smell the asthma triggers this can be dangerous if a trigger e.g. cigarette smoke comes into the room.
Not everybody with asthma respond to the same medication.
Asthma can be embarrassing especially for children.
Asthma can be extremely embarrassing for shy children.
Children will try to hide an asthma attack if they are embarrassed.
Asthma is not caused by hot humid weather.
Asthma becomes more severe during hot humid weather.
Attacks often occur around 3am during hot humid weather.
Wheezing is a first sign of a possible severe attack.
Itchy face neck and chest often accompanies an attack.
Sometimes coughing during an attack can remove fluid and open the lungs, thus relieving the asthma.
Dry coughing can make asthma worse.
Ignorance about asthma.
Most annoying for an asthmatic is the ignorance that many people have about asthma.
This ignorance can be a grave danger to asthmatic children.
Some typical things that ignorant people do and say are I'll just have a few puffs on my cigarette and put it out€ or they smoke it just outside the door or even if they go well away, they come back stinking of cigarette smoke.
One little whiff of cigarette smoke can sometimes trigger a massive asthma attack.
One little whiff of cigarette smoke can trigger an asthma attack that lingers for months.
Another annoying thing is when a parent or friend insists on wearing perfume and the asthmatic must constantly shallow breath to avoid an attack.
Asthma triggers are triggers and it does not take much to set off a trigger which may have a devastating reaction.
by Len Hend