So what to do about it?
Having a cold and a cough that seems to never stop? It might not be a cold as you think, it might be asthma. If you cough and cough without stop over a long period of time you should call your doctor and ask them to make a spirometry test on you. Then they measure how well your lungs work when inhaling and exhaling.
PEF – Peak Flow meter
A portable PEF Peak Flow meter can look like this:
At the doctor’s office or the hospital they probably have another kind of PEF. A machine you blow into that measures your lung capacity using a computer to take up the measuring.
Measuring is often done over time so that it is possible to see if it is something that is asthma or just a temporary thing. If you work it is wise to check both at home and at work. Then you run two separate test on two separate sheet. This is wise since you then are able to check if the asthma is work related. How to use PEF?
The doctor also checks for allergies in addition to asthma.
If your doctor concludes with that you have asthma then you are put on medication. The modern asthma treatment is made with different possibilities. There are allergy pills, pills for relaxing the bronchi and inhalers used for asthma to reduce inflammation of the bronchi and relieve the cramping muscles round the bronchi.
Asthma can be controlled or managed by using anti-inflammatory medication and making some small or bigger changes to your lifestyle.
The inhaler is a life saver. You should always carry it with you and use it as soon as you feel any wrong in your lungs and breathing. If you get an asthma attack and do not have your medicine you might face getting VERY sick. You might become so sick that you in fact in the long run risk to die. If the lungs stop functioning and can not take up oxygen then the internal organs and the brain get no oxygen and then you can die. How long this take can vary from person to person and how severe kind of asthma you got and how severe kind of a attack you got.
Optichamber – inhalation chamber
An inhaler is asthma medication stored in a container, and when using it then it is administered through the nebulizer in mist-form.
An asthma inhaler can be used with an inhalation chamber as shown below:
The muscles located in the bronchial tubes are constricted during an asthma attack, making it harder for the patient to inhale and exhale air. When using an inhaler you get relaxation of those bronchial muscles allowing air to flow freely through an airway. Some of the medicines also calm the inflammation in the bronchi.
Nebulizer with the hospital
Sometimes the asthma attack get so bad that your own personal inhaler is not enough to give relaxation from the illness. In such cases one must go to the hospital to get more assistans. Such times they measure the amount of oxygenated hemoglobin using finger pulse oximeters. And you get to breathe medicine through a mask from a machine.
There are nebulizers for home use, even portable ones.
What more is important is to eat good and healthy and sleep well. You may experience getting worse in your asthma when you get psychologically / emotional stressed, stress, have not eaten or are tired. Having trouble breathing can in fact make you have problems sleeping well, so taking your medicines is not only important to stagger the asthma, but also to make you sleep easier. It is important to have peace in your life, eat, sleep, and stay away from make you sick. It is also good to do some exercise. You do not need to run a marathon, but walking, bi-cycling and doing normal stuff is great for your health.
Some medicines are required to be inhaled, while others are taken as a pil or intravenously. It is of most importance that asthma patients utilize all asthma drugs precisely to medical directions.
There are many kinds of medicines for asthma. Shown below are only some examples. It may vary with what country you live in. Most treatment are similar though, inhalers and pills are used all over the world but the names can be different.
Here are some examples:
There are differences between gas inhalers and turbuhalers. There are three kinds of inhalers.
- gas form – used to fight a sudden attack
- pulver – used to long-term treat asthma, often also treats the inflammation.
- pulver – a mix function between gas form and long-term treatment. This one both fight a sudden attack and to preclude.
Then there are also
- liquid asthma medicine
There may be more..
If you are unable to get relief by using asthma medicine or the symptoms worsen, do seek emergency medical attention as soon as possible.
Hope this was helpful to you. :)
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Hva er astma? What is Asthma?
Asthma – What is?
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Optichamber Inhalation chamber and how to make best use of your medicine