Understand the signs of illness because knowing what to do in a crisis can save lives
When you breathe, is it possible that you hear a whistle in your chest? Do you feel short of breath and need the help of braces to feel better? Asthma can kill and it is important to know that these are some of its symptoms.
This respiratory disease affects about 40 million people in Brazil alone. According to the pulmonologist and professor at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of Santa Casa de São Paulo, Mauro Gomes, the correct name for asthma is bronchial asthma. That is why it is normal to be confused with bronchitis. “It is not the same disease and it is very important that patients understand the details of each one to find the correct treatments and medications,” he says.
What is asthma?
Its development is generally associated with genetic disorders. It is an inflammatory disease of the respiratory tract that affects the entry and exit of air from the lungs. Therefore, the main symptom is respiratory wheezing.
According to the specialist, most people only perform treatment during crises. However, this explains that by doing the right treatment, it is possible to avoid seizures and have a normal life.
The problem is that there are 5 degrees of the disease and, in more serious cases, it is necessary to disburse up to 6,000 reais (in the case of Brazil) per month in medicines, which are not offered to the population for free.
The disease researchers say that playing sports such as basketball, soccer or any constant activity increases physical fitness and improves respiratory quality.
Can an asthma crisis kill?
Yes, the asthma attack can kill!
The crisis can prevent air from passing through the upper respiratory tract, causing oxygen to be missing in vital functions, which leads to death. Ideally, the patient should be taken to a hospital immediately, as a specific respiratory system may be required. Neglect of asthma can kill.
It is best not to let the crisis reach the point of settling, as it gives various signs. Learn to understand when one is approaching:
Feeling short of breath, wheezing and a lot of fatigue, at least twice a week, even if they are not consecutive days.
Waking up in the middle of the night without air or with a scare that makes you gasp (it could only have been for lack of breath).
Having to use stronger medications at least twice a week to relieve some symptoms.
Stop performing some activities due to excessive tiredness.
These signs are signs of the onset of the crisis, and it is time to start seeking treatment, which can be done naturally, with medical attention.
Excess secretion ends by closing the ducts, making it seem that the air does not reach the lungs. Consequently, oxygen is lacking for cells and their vital functions.
As a way of trying to move, the body produces an excessive cough, the chest is coming out and a terrible shortness of breath occurs, as if the lungs try to breathe without success and can cause pain in the chest and back.
What to do in case of an asthma crisis?
It is essential to remain calm and calm those who suffer the crisis, so follow these steps:
- Sit the person in a chair in front of a table or other higher place where you can rest your arms.
- Tilt your body forward and rest your elbows and forearms on the table.
- Talk calmly with her to reassure her and not aggravate the picture.
- If you have one, help her use the inhaler.
- If you don’t notice improvement and if you have purple nails and lips, call an ambulance immediately.
- If you lose consciousness, place it in a safe position.
- In case of cardiac arrest, if you have experience, perform the massage. Otherwise, follow the instructions of the doctors responsible for the ambulance sent, who should be with you on the phone.