Asthma Flares – The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (2 of 7)
25
August

By Adem Lewis / in , , /


>>WHEN YOU HAVE A CHILD
WHO IS WAKING UP AT NIGHT WITH A COUGH, THEN THEY’RE
EXPERIENCING THE BEGINNING OF A FLARE. >>MOST PEOPLE ASSOCIATE
ASTHMA WITH ASTHMA ATTACKS.>>DURING AN ASTHMA ATTACK THE
INFLAMMATION PROCESS KICKS IN IN THE LUNGS. THE MUSCLES TIGHTEN
AROUND THE AIRWAYS. EXTRA MUCUS IS PRODUCED,
AND THERE’S SWELLING IN THE AIRWAYS. THE PATIENT CAN FEEL PAIN
OR SHORTNESS OF BREATH.>>WHEN I HAVE AN ATTACK,
IT’S NOT A GOOD THING. MY CHEST HURTS. I COUGH A LOT.>>LIKE EVERY TIME I BREATHE,
IT JUST DIDN’T FEEL RIGHT. IT HURTED.>>ME AND HER FATHER HAD TO
RUSH HER TO THE HOSPITAL.>>ASTHMA FLARES, ALSO
KNOWN AS “ATTACKS”, OCCUR WHEN SWELLING
IN THE AIRWAYS WORSENS. THIS CAN HAPPEN DUE TO
A COLD VIRUS OR A TRIGGER IN THE CHILD’S ENVIRONMENT. IF A CHILD’S ASTHMA IS NOT
WELL CONTROLLED BEFORE THE FLARE, SYMPTOMS
CAN BE MORE SEVERE. SYMPTOMS OF ASTHMA,
SUCH AS WHEEZE, COUGH, OR SHORTNESS
OF BREATH, ARE EARLY WARNING SIGNS THAT
A FLARE MAY BE BEGINNING. THE KEY TO PREVENTING ASTHMA
FLARES IS TO CONTROL DAILY SYMPTOMS OF ASTHMA
AND RECOGNIZE EARLY WARNING SIGNS WHEN
SYMPTOMS ARE WORSENING.>>MANY CHILDREN THINK
THAT EARLY WARNING SIGNS ARE A NORMAL PART OF LIFE
BECAUSE THEY ARE USED TO THOSE SYMPTOMS,
AND THEY’RE NOT USED TO THEIR ASTHMA BEING IN CONTROL. SO IT’S VERY IMPORTANT
FOR PARENTS TO UNDERSTAND AND TO STAY CLUED IN AS TO WHAT
THEIR EARLY WARNING SIGNS ARE AND, IN FACT, INFORM ANY
OF THE CHILDREN’S CARETAKERS ABOUT THE EARLY
WARNING SIGNS.>>HE’S SILENT. HE JUST SITS
THERE AND DAZE OFF. AND THEN I JUST
START LOOKING AT HIM, AND THEN I SEE
HIM BREATHING, LIKE TRYING TO GET SOME
AIR, GOING LIKE THIS. AND THEN I LOOK AT HIS
THROAT, AND I SEE THAT THIS PART RIGHT HERE
STARTS SUCKING IN. THEN I KNOW
HE’S IN DISTRESS.


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