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The Truth About Asthma From Children To Adults
The Truth About Asthma
The truth about asthma is that it is a serious medical condition, which should be taken seriously.
By consulting your family doctor or specialist, the severity of asthma, can be managed.
When I moved to Arizona, I met many people who had moved here to help control their asthma condition however, things have changed over the years.
During the Monsoon Season, those who suffer from asthma, such as small children and adults who range in age, can be tormented by the flying dust in the air, and pollen.
This Article is about tips you can take advantage of in order to help cut asthma symptoms down.
The Use Of An Inhaler
Special Care For Children Who Suffer From Asthma
The Truth About Asthma:
Asthma has caused more trips to the urgent care and the emergency room than any other childhood illness. If the symptoms are controlled, with the doctor's consent children with asthma are capable of playing any type of sport they desire, without the fear of encountering and attack.
Children can "overcome" their asthma symptoms, although hidden problems could effect the bronchial tube lining in life.
Many children with asthma overcome the condition by age 13 or 15. What could trigger the asthma is if unhealthy behavior takes place such as smoking in their adult years.
Children are too small to use an inhaler therefore thy need to use a machine called a nebulizer, for younger children 6 mos to 5-years old require a pediatric mask. The nebulizer used compressed solution of liquid medication into a fine mist, which is called albuterol. The child breathes in the mist through the mask or mouthpiece which is adjacent to a tube which connects to the machine.
You may be able to obtain the machine and mask through your family doctor if your insurance covers this equipment.
The Proper Way To Use An Inhaler
1. make sure the child is standing. Shake the container well before use. Remove the cap hold the container upright
2. Place a spacer (cardboard or plastic tube) on the end of the inhaler. A spacer is a holding chamber that allows you to use inhaled medications more efficiently if needed.
If you do not have a space hold the inhaler 1 to 2 inches from your mouth. Warning without a spacer too much medication is a risk of entering into the mouth, which could end up in your mouth instead of the lungs.
3. Breathe out normally then position the spacer in your mouth. Place it on tip of your tongue and close your lips around it.
4. As you start to breathe in slowly through your mouth, press down on the top of the inhaler, which will release a puff of medicine.
5. Continue breathing slowly for 3 to 5 seconds until your lungs are full.
6. Hold your breath for 10 seconds which will allow the medicine to enter into your lungs.
7. Depending on the type of drug used you may have to wait 1 to 3 minutes before taking another puff, which will allow your lungs to open up.
Always check with your doctor to confirm the exact way in which he/she would like you to administer your treatment. Instructions should be provided with the inhaler.
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I Find This Kit To Be Helpful For Busy Kids And Adults Who Have Asthma
Normal Asthma Symptoms That Can Be Treated At Home
The following advice is given by actual doctors and The Park Nicollet Medical Foundation
Treat At Home/ After Approving These Symptoms At Your Next Doctors Visit
1. Minor coughing after exercise
2. Wheezing when out in cold weather
3. A cold or the flu like symptoms
Asthma Symptoms In Which You Should Call Your Doctor
1. Not sure about how to take the medicine
2. An allergic reaction
3.Mucus in a yellow, or green color, may be thick or bloody
4. Running a high fever 100 degrees F
5. Unable to sleep due to coughing/wheezing
6. Coughing/wheezing during exercise
Emergency Asthma Symptoms (Go To The Emergency Room Call 911)
1. Lips and fingernails turn gray or bluish/ caused by poor blood circulation
2. Symptoms worsen regardless of treatment
3. Severe wheezing and coughing which gets worse every hour.
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Kicking The Habit Can Be Hard To Break
I have smoked ever since I was thirteen years old, in my sixties I started having health issues. I cough constantly during simple everyday task, like climbing stairs, and walking for a long period of time.
My doctor told me that I had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, he told me that I had to quit smoking.
I've been smoking for a long time, so it's not easy. I do notice that my breathing has gotten better and I'm not short of breath anymore when I walk.
I am basically learning to live a new life without smoking. I can see hopeful results, but I wish I would've have never smoked to began with, due to the health complications that I struggle with.
Self Care Steps For Chronic Bronchitis And Emphysema
1. Quit Smoking:Smoking causes severe problems that could lead to breathing issues and lung cancer.
2. Drink plenty of fluids: six to eight glasses of clear fluids a day, will keep air passages clear from mucus, which makes it easier to breathe.
3. Eat a well balanced diet. By eating four small meals a day, you can avoid having a full stomach, which will help you breathe and move around with ease.