Emergency First Aid In Case Of An Asthma Attack
Independent Medical Solutions goal is that everyone should know how to react and be able to help if someone requires emergency first aid. This first aid advice blog we will inform you how to help someone who may suffer an Asthma Attack.
What is an Asthma Attack?
Asthma is a chronic condition caused by an allergic reaction in the lungs, often triggered by substances such as dust, animal hair, dandruff or fumes. Muscles surrounding the tiny bronchioles in their lungs go into spasm and constrict, making it very difficult to breathe. Patients have usually two medications usually in a form of an inhaler. One is a preventer which comes in various colours and the other is a reliever which comes in Blue and is used in an emergency, this opens up the bronchioles and relieves the condition.
Possible signs and symptoms of an Asthma Attack?
- Bark coughing
- Difficulty in Breathing
- Difficulty in speaking
- Pale, clammy skin
- Grey blue lips and skin
- Casualty will become exhausted in a severe attack
- May become unconscious and stop breathing in a prolonged attack.
First Aid Treatment of Asthma Attack
- Help the casualty to sit upright, leaning on a table or chair if necessary.
- Help the casualty to use their reliever inhaler.
- Be reassuring and calm towards the casualty.
- If the attack is prolonged, severe, appears to be getting worse, Call 999 / 112 for emergency help.
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