Around 5.4 million people in the UK suffer from asthma; this means that 1 in 5 households are affected by this. Whilst we do not know for certain what the main cause of asthma is, we can identify its triggers and do what we can when someone who suffers from asthma has an attack.
The different triggers can vary between individuals but the main triggers are generally factors affecting the quality of air, or air flow into the sufferer’s lungs. These can include;
Many of these can be encountered in everyday situations, yet many people who do not suffer from asthma do not know what to do when encountering someone having an attack. Furthermore, when 90% of asthma related deaths can be avoided, I wanted to make people aware of what they can do to help to stop an attack and potentially save lives.
With so many of these triggers around, you can spot when an asthma attack occurs with the following;
If you spot these symptoms, do not be afraid to go to A&E - trust your gut instinct and listen to what the person is saying. Even if they do not want to cause a fuss, it is important to keep their health at the forefront of everything.
Remain as calm as possible, this will also help the person having the attack to stay calm and focussed. Around 75% of asthma attacks can avoid hospital treatment but both children and adults can be prone so you can use these steps for both;
From this, continue to help them with the breathing exercise and help them to remain calm – your help will help to calm them and prevent them suffering alone! It is advisable that if the sufferer’s symptoms do improve (and you do not need to call 999), they should still see a doctor or asthma nurse within 24 hours.
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