Asthma severity | Respiratory system diseases | NCLEX-RN | Khan Academy

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– [voiceover] Asthma is something that we cannot cure at this point in time, so we talk about how severe it is and think about the treatment in terms of how many times a week this person gets symptoms. So we’ve got Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Out of the seven days of the week, the number of times
they have their attacks or need their medication is basically how severe their disease is. First we have people
who have it very mildly and they only get it intermittently. Intermittent, which
means that they have it less than twice a week, so they need their medication basically only once a week. Let’s pick Wednesday. They have some trouble breathing, they take their medication, maybe an inhaler, and
that’s it, they’re done. Let me just write that here. We’ve got less than twice a week, okay? That’s our intermittent week. The next categories, the next three, are all persistent as
opposed to intermittent. Basically they happen more consistently. The first one of these is Mild. In mild asthma, the definition is that the symptoms occur more than twice a week but not enough to happen daily. If it happens daily and you need your rescue medication daily, that pushes you into the next category. So more than twice a week, let’s do Monday. How about Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday? That’s a lot of days, but you notice never twice a day. At most, once a day and
more than twice a week. The next one, going up in severity, we’ve got Moderate. Moderate. That’s basically daily, seven days a week. When the symptoms occur, people usually use their rescue inhalers or rescue medication,
and they’re moderate. That’s every day. The last one, of course, is Severe. I’m going to use red, using a traffic light color system. Severe is bad symptoms every day or more than once a day. So we’ve got bad symptoms every day. This is not just your usual one hit on the inhaler and done, but you might have asthma attacks, you might end up in the hospital, and on this day, they might have two of them. Basically we should never let anybody walk around with this level of asthma, this completely seems like untreated. It’s a huge disruption to their life. That’s basically bad, severe asthma.

2 thoughts on “Asthma severity | Respiratory system diseases | NCLEX-RN | Khan Academy

  1. I have moderate to severe asthma. I get breathing treatments at school everyday, I take my everyday inhaler or both my everyday and respiratory inhaler. When I'm outside eating I might use one of my inhalers. When I get on the bus I have to make sure I won't have a asthma attack sense math is right before and I have allergy and stress induced asthma. When I get home I drink a lot of water. Sometimes but rarely (sense I don't like medication) I have to take pills or another breathing treatment. I've been told if I don't take care of myself that I could easily end up in the hospital with a tube down my throat. It sucks and I'm currently wheezing even though I JUST got a breathing treatment! Asthma is so annoying

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