Best Emergency Asthma Treatment

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When a person is having an asthma attack, the best treatment is to make sure that they stay calm and to have them take two puffs of Albuterol if it is available. Find out when a person who is having an asthma attack needs to get to a hospital with help from a licensed RN in this free video on asthma treatments.

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Hi my name is Kayti Brosnan. I'm a registered nurse here in Austin, Texas and today I'm going to tell you how to best treat an asthma exacerbation or when you are having an asthma attack. The first thing to remember is to stay calm so if you are assisting someone having an asthma attack make sure you are staying calm because they are going to sense what you are feeling and if you are the person having an asthma attack make sure you are staying calm. At some point when the narrowing of the airway and the tightening of the airway is occurring it can get as small as a coffee straw and if you think how wide a coffee straw is it is not very wide at all. So this is a really big emergency and something to take extremely serious. The first thing you should do is if you have an emergency inhaler or Albuterol, that's one of the brands, you can use that and you want to shake it really well and you want to give yourself two puffs. Inhale that as good as you can trying to avoid your tongue. If you have a spacer which is an adapter to this to avoid any of it getting on your tongue then use that. You want to give it a little bit of time, if it feels like it is not dilating the airway and giving you more oxygen you can get into a rescue position which is a triangle position with your elbows on your knees and your head rested down and that's going to just open up your rib cage a little bit more and allow for your lungs to expand more than they can when you are standing up or if you have your arms above your head. In this time when you are in the rescue position if you have a nebulizer, someone should be getting that nebulizer for you and what this is is it is a machine that you attach a mask, usually it is a mask or we call it a peace pipe and it is a way of inhaling a steam diversion of this medicine into your lungs and it is going to act a lot quicker and it opens up your lungs a lot more effectively than just an inhaler. If you have this and it is not working or if you don't have a nebulizer you need to get to the emergency room. Having an asthma attack and your lungs closing off is a really serious situation and they're not going to reverse on their own. You want to get some assistance and so you want to get to the hospital as soon as possible and so those are some of the best steps to treating an asthma attack.

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