An asthma attack can be very frightening for the asthma sufferer.
- Because they can become quickly weakened and/or disoriented due to lack of oxygen, it is up to you as caretaker to initiate an immediate asthma attack treatment.
- A severe asthma attack gives the sensation and panic of drowning, even though they are not under any water.
- Asthma Attack Treatment Must Be Immediate. Don’t delay treatment, call for help.
Asthma First Aid
- Make sure the patient is sitting up.
- Smile. Appear calm and cool. Don’t shout, unless absolutely necessary.
- Get the inhaler and a spacer, if possible. Shake the inhaler. Most asthma patients carry their inhalers with them on their person all of the time. Have them take a puff, count to four, and then take another puff up to four puffs.
- Wait four minutes.
- If no improvement, try the puffing again.
- If still no improvement, call an ambulance. They need hospitalization.
But, What If This Is A First Attack?
The asthma attack treatment is a little different when it’s the patient’s first asthma attack ever. Since they didn’t know the attack was coming, they will not have any kind of inhalers on them. The NAC of Australia recommends this first asthma attack treatment first aid:
- Don’t delay. Call an ambulance immediately.
- Ask if anyone around has an inhaler. Use anyone’s inhaler. This is not the time to show brand loyalty.
- Shake the offered inhaler.
- Have the patient puff, then fire the inhaler while patient does best at a deep inhale.
- Have patient hold breath for 4 seconds.
- Have patient try to take four normal breaths.
- Repeat until ambulance arrives.
Other Advice for Asthma Attack Treatment:
There are many things the asthma patient and his or her relative/significant other/roommate/whatever can ease the danger of a sudden attack, even if the other person is not around.
- One option is to get a bracelet or necklace saying that you have asthma.
- Another is to take your medication and follow your doctor’s orders.
- And, if you smoke, then you really need to cut back or stop. You really don’t have an option. Not only are you clogging up your lungs, but the smokes will most likely interfere with all of your asthma and/or bronchitis medications.