We all need to love our lungs and we have written many informative articles on how to get the best out of our breaths. Whether you suffer from a chronic condition such as asthma, or you are simply concerned about the quality of the air you breathe, here’s a review of some of our best articles. You will find information, facts and first aid for a range of issues which could affect your breathing in our Love Your Lungs round up.
Asthma – first aid to help someone having an asthma attack
Asthma – what it is and how to help if someone is having an asthma attack?
We all know people who have asthma, but very few of us would know what to do if someone close by started to have a serious asthma attack and was struggling to breathe. Read on to find out what asthma is, what may trigger it and how to help someone having an asthma attack.
Asthma and hay fever – seven top tips to help you control your asthma during hay fever season
Pollen and pollution are increasingly responsible for triggering asthma and many people find a worsening of their symptoms in spring combined with the onset of hay fever.
Read more here: https://firstaidforlife.org.uk/asthma-during-hay-fever-season/
Asthma – key triggers and how to avoid them
Asthma can be triggered by tree pollen, alcohol and cold. Many asthma sufferers can struggle to keep their asthma under control at specific times of the year such as winter when it is cold, or spring when pollen is plentiful. Here are the key triggers and unexpected culprits to look out for and try to avoid.
Asthma attacks – how to avoid the ‘September Surge’
When pupils return to school in September there is a steep rise in children hospitalised with asthma attacks. In the UK a child is admitted to hospital every 20 minutes because of an asthma attack. Yet the number of children needing emergency treatment doubles in September compared to August.
However, helping your child to establish and keep a regular routine using their preventer inhalers over the summer months in preparation for the return to school can help you avoid the September Surge.
Read more here: https://firstaidforlife.org.uk/asthma-avoid-the-september-surge/
Asthma in schools – plus the contents of emergency asthma kits
Asthma is an extremely common chronic and potentially life threatening condition that affects nearly 10% of children. On average, there are two children with asthma in every classroom in the UK and over 25,000 emergency hospital admissions for asthma amongst children in the UK every year and many more when you include adult asthmatics too.
Approximately 20 children of school age in England and Wales die every year from asthma and most deaths occur before the child reaches hospital. Schools are now permitted to have a spare inhaler available for emergencies. How can schools prepare for and effectively deal with a child having an asthma attack?
Asthma and exercise – top tips to improve performance
Exercise induced asthma, also known as exercise induced bronchoconstriction is surprisingly common in elite athletes, in fact it a recent study has indicated that professional athletes are susceptible to this type of asthma because of their high intensity breathing.
The symptoms of exercise-induced asthma include wheezing, coughing and tightness of the chest during or following exercise. Find out how to help manage these symptoms and improve your fitness.
Read more here: https://firstaidforlife.org.uk/asthma-affects-athletes/
Four Common Breathing Difficulties In Young Children
Added to which, infections and viruses such as bronchiolitis and croup can adversely affect a child’s ability to breathe, even without underlying issues such as asthma.
Watching anyone struggle for breath is scary. As any parent will know, it is exceptionally distressing to watch your child struggle for breath.
Following our expert tips will help you know how to best respond to a situation where you child experiences difficulty breathing. This can range from conditions such as asthma, to infections and viruses such as bronchiolitis, croup or whooping cough. However feeling empowered about how to help allows you to stay as calm as possible, which benefits both the situation and your child.
Read more here: https://onlinefirstaid.com/breathing-children/
Breathing difficulties such as panic attacks and how to help
Panic attacks can have many medical and emotional triggers, including severe stress, with women twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with panic disorder – which is classified as repeated and unexpected panic attacks. In fact,
Anxiety UK claim that 1 in 6 young people experience anxiety.
This article will talk you through the things you can do to prevent high levels of stress arising in your child, as well as how to recognise anxiety and help in the case of a panic attack.
Outdoor air quality
Is air quality affecting your health? The facts you need to know.
How safe is the air quality in our towns and cities and in our own homes and could it be adversely affecting our health? The quality of our air is important not just for the 5.4 million people in the UK who are currently receiving treatment for asthma, but for those concerned about the adverse affects of pollution on their health.
Learn about the small but vital steps we can take ourselves to improve the quality of the air we breathe.
Read more here: https://onlinefirstaid.com/air-quality/
Indoor air quality
We all know to be wary of pollution outside of the home, but did you know the air quality inside the home is even more important?
We spend 90% of our time indoors so ensuring good indoor air quality is essential, especially for those with breathing issues such as asthma or lung conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD) or pneumonia. Here we look at the common issues that cause breathing difficulties on the home and how to avoid them.
Read more here: https://firstaidforlife.org.uk/could-your-home-be-making-you-ill
Written by Emma Hammett for First Aid for Life
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