Monday, March 19, 2012

When Asthma Attacks

What to do when asthma attacks?

Below are some helpful tips and items that can help when asthma attacks.

My 13-year old daughter has been suffering from asthma since she was a little kid. She was confined twice in the hospital when she was young because of this condition.

Malunggay tea ( Moringa Oleifera) is a natural medicine for asthma. Although I haven't tried this yet for my older daughter, many attested that it works good among people who are suffering from asthma.

Nebulizer. Daughter uses this kind of treatment as prescribed by her doctor whenever breathing becomes difficult for her. She uses nebulizer at least four times a day or every two hours when needed.

Rota haler. She always carry this in her bag especially when asthma shows signs, ready to attack anytime. It is very convenient as it only needs one inhaling time and takes only a few seconds to finish.

Most people with asthma already know what to do as it shows symptoms first before it occurs. In my daughter's case, the sudden change of weather, polen, dust and warm weather easily lead her to a series of attacks. When the weather is too hot to bear, she stays indoor and switch the air conditioner into high cool when possible to make her breathing at ease. Having a 13-year old daughter with asthma, I already know how to manage and deal with it properly. Steroid was given to her once or twice when her wheezing was so bad. The doctor explained to me the many side effects using this kind of treatment.

People with asthma can live a normal life too. Just avoid everything that will trigger the asthma. It can be fatal if the condition is severe and when the proper medication is not given to the patient.

It isn't true that asthma stops when a kid reaches seven or when he/she becomes an adult. Maybe, attacks will be lessened but it is a kind of allergy that keeps coming back over and over again. The best cure is to prevent it to happen and keep away from things that will trigger the attack.

**Disclaimer. The information that I provided here is solely mine. No proper professional endorsement from a doctor.


nice A said...

My 12-year old boy also got asthma when he was 3 years old until he turned 7. You may be right that one who has as asthma will not completely outgrow it when s/he turns 7 but the attacks might be lesser. My boy, who used to operate his own nebulizer even at the age of 5, got only 2 asthma attacks since he turned 7. Only when he joined a camping on the mountain and they used a mosquito repellent inside the tent. And the other attack was caused by eating lots of chocolates and cheese. Our change of place did help him a lot to get healed as it is not polluted and the weather is better.Thanks God he has survived it as he was even brought to ICU with both his lungs already failed. He was only 6 then and he was administered with oxygen.

Unfortunately, however, he passed on his nebulizer to his baby brother. But our toddler got just a mild asthma compared to his. At the advice of his doctor, we used 2 kinds of inhaler for a month but his condition didn't improve. We even had him skin-tested with allergies but the test result showed negative allergens so his is a non-allergic asthma. He has become a lot better by going to the park every afternoon for fresh air and exercise even if the weather here keeps changing. When he was not exercising yet, we had wheezing almost everyday. We also changed his milk, as advised by his American pediatrician. He got a spell just once for 2 months now. We do hope we have really addressed what triggers it.

Have heard of that malunggay capsule that can heal many health problems but never knew asthma is included. May let my boy try it when he is old enough to swallow a capsule. Thanks for sharing, nuts.

Reena said...

I didnt know malunggay helps ease asthma. Though no one close to me suffers from asthma, it's good to know that these help.