How to Asthma

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /

Hi friends! This week I wanted to have a chat
to you about a problem that’s been plaguing me for some time… asthma. Before we get started I just wanted to have
a quick chat about the different types of medications that we use as asthmatics and
also the equipment that we use to help our breathing. I find that a lot of doctors often
prescribe the medications or the equipment without fully explaining how to use them to
asthmatics. So I though I would start with some of the medication I’m on and also then
go on to some of the equipment before we get into the rest of the video. Asmol Asmol is also known as ventolin. Asmol is
a substance or a chemical that you inhale into your lungs to relieve the bronchospasm
of an asthma attack. Your Asmol actually fits into one of these beauties so it goes, clicks
in, then you press down, and you get a puff. Now, with puffers, oftentimes when you do
take a puff, if it’s just the puffer in your mouth, you will most likely have the chemicals
coat the back of your throat rather than actually go into your lungs, you only get thirty percent,
or something like that. This is what we’ve got these beauties for.
Now, this is called a spacer. Basically what happens is, you’ll see the little logo on
here of Able brand (I really like Able they work really well), so you put your puffer
into here. And then, you squeeze down, and it goes into the chamber. In the chamber,
that mixes with the air that’s already in there. From that point, your doctor will tell
you, but you should generally take four deep breaths from every puff, for up to four puffs. Next up I’ve got Seretide. Seretide is a preventer
medication, it comes in these purple puffers. So all you have to do – if you see it’s closed
– so you turn it to the open position, put your mouth on this mouthpiece, and push this
lever down to release the medication, and breathe in from the mouthpiece. So the important
thing to do with Seretide is to wash your mouth out after you have puffed it. It can
actually give you oral thrush when it coats the back of your throat, and you do not want
that to happen. Next up in my line of prevention I have Predisnolone.
So this is a steroid, that you take only periodically with asthma because it’s pretty dangerous
to be on it the whole time. It basically helps to prevent asthma attacks actually happening
in the first place. It’s great to take when you have a flu, or before you think you might
be near someone or something that’s one of your triggers. This one isn’t really an asthma prevention,
it’s actually a medication I take when I have panic attacks coming on. But panic attacks
can (stumbles) trigger asthma attacks sometimes. So this one is good to have around, it’s known
as Valium. I don’t take it so much at the moment, if at all, because of work. Pain killers. Because asthma attacks do cause
a lot of chest pain. Residual chest pain after the attack itself. So I have these for other
pain for endometriosis, it’s Panadeine Forte, basically, but even just a normal Panadol
is handy. This little beauty is called a nebuliser.
This is my last defense against (stumbles) an asthma attack. With a nebuliser, you also
get these little pipettes of medication, it’s called Salbutamol. So what happens is you
also with a nebuliser get a face mask and a little tube that comes with it. The face
mask attaches to the little cup here, which undoes, and the medication would then be poured
into there, pop that in. Then pop the cord onto this end, look at me trying to get it
in that’s so stupid, I need to look with my eyes. Pop the cord onto that end, and the
other end of this cord goes there – and you turn it on. And that one basically I have
if my puffers won’t work and it’s also the sort of thing they put you on in the hospital
and you have an asthma attack and get delivered there. Scene change! So in the second half of the video what I
wanted to talk about was asthma triggers. A lot of people have a lot of different triggers. For example, here are just a couple of household
products I had that would cause asthma attacks if I used them. My triggers, my biggest triggers are, cigarette
smoke. So things like people smoking near me or having to walk past people in the street
who are smoking, or people who smell like cigarette smoke if I have to work closely
with them, or hug them, or stand next to them, will invariably set me off with an asthma
attack. In a similar vein, perfume sets me off quite frequently, people who wear perfume
too heavily or people who spray perfume near me. And my third biggest trigger is hot oil
vapour, so the vapour that enter the air from hot oil
vats, and deep fryers, for example in fast food restaurants agitates my lungs and makes
me have an asthma attack. So one of the messages I wanted to get across
in the second half of this video is when you go out in your daily lives whether you choose
to wear perfume or you choose to be a smoker your choice should not override the right
a person who has asthma has to breathe and keep air in their lungs. And I think an important thing that people
need to think about is okay, you choose to smoke, that’s great, that’s your choice, but
if you are smoking on the street you could set off somebody else’s asthma attack. Something
like four hundred million people worldwide have asthma, and about two hundred and fifty
thousand people per year die from asthma attacks. Something we need to consider when we make
the choice to smoke in public or to apply hefty amounts of perfume or use spray on deodorant
in public bathrooms and change rooms is how would it feel if your choice to do whatever
you were doing triggered the asthma attack that killed someone’s child or killed someone’s
parent or killed someone? Anyway, thanks for watching, as always. As always, don’t forget to subscribe, give
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And I’ll see you guys next week, thanks for watching.

3 thoughts on “How to Asthma

  1. I HAVE A CURE FOR ASTHMA – stop eating gluten. Asthmatics are allergic to gluten. Only takes 1 week on a gluten-free diet to start feeling good. It worked for me.

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