Imagine being paralysed by fear as you struggle to breathe, unable to speak, unable to ask for help. That’s what an asthma attack feels like.
My 3 year old son and I have Asthma, I was diagnosed at 23 although there is a strong family history of Asthma in my family mine was never picked up on . I do remember struggling at sports in school and always making an excuse to skip the lesson as I knew when I ran I would get out of breath to quickly and this would cause a panic attack (or so I thought)
After I started to be treated for asthma I began to exercise and now I am a fitness enthusiast. I take Seretide (purple inhaler)and have recently been put on montelukast tablets, I always keep a Ventolin on me.
The main symptoms of asthma are:
- wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe)
- shortness of breath
- a tight chest – which may feel like a band is tightening around it
Children, parents and asthma
- One in 11 children has asthma and it is the most common long-term medical condition.
- On average there are three children with asthma in every classroom in the UK.
- The UK has among the highest prevalence rates of asthma symptoms in children worldwide.
- Asthma attacks hospitalise someone every 8 minutes; 185 people are admitted to hospital because of asthma attacks every day in the UK (a child is admitted to hospital every 20 minutes because of an asthma attack).
My son has recently been diagnosed with Asthma, he started to show symptoms around 18 months. He would get of breath quickly at soft play and then start to cough, occasionally he would be sick with the coughing. Around this time I mentioned it to my doctor who said lets kept an eye on it. By the time he was 2.5 years he was waking most nights coughing to the point of being sick, he was getting extremely short of breath when he was unwell. He then had a chest infection this is when the doctor put him on ventolin (Blue inhalor) At age 3 my son was put on Clenil (brown inhaler) to which he takes twice a day we use a child’s spacer.
My sons asthma is under control now and we have regular appointments with our asthma nurse.
There are many factors that can trigger an asthma attack, they can be found here
You’re having an asthma attack if any of the following happens:
- Your reliever isn’t helping or lasting over four hours
- Your symptoms are getting worse (cough, breathlessness, wheeze or tight chest)
- You’re too breathless or it’s difficult to speak, eat or sleep
- Your breathing is getting faster and it feels like you can’t get your breath in properly
- Children may complain of a tummy ache.
Don’t be afraid of causing a fuss, even at night.
What to do in an asthma attack
The following guidelines are suitable for both children and adults and are the recommended steps to follow in an asthma attack:
- Sit up straight – don’t lie down. Try to keep calm.
- Take one puff of your reliever inhaler (usually blue) every 30-60 seconds, up to a maximum of 10 puffs.
- If you feel worse at any point while you’re using your inhaler or you don’t feel better after 10 puffs or you’re worried at any time, call 999 for an ambulance.
- If the ambulance is taking longer than 15 minutes you can repeat step 2.
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You can also call Asthma Uk Helpline on 0300 222 5800 (Mon – Fri; 9am-5pm) to speak to an asthma nurse specialist
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some facts and advice taking from http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Asthma/Pages/Treatment.aspx