About the Treatment for Exercise-Induced Asthma

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Treatments for exercise-induced asthma include the use of an inhaler and getting into a triangle position. Find out how to get into a triangle position and stay calm when having an asthma attack with help from a licensed RN in this free video on exercise-induced 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 talk to you about the treatment of exercise induced asthma. So, what's happening, there's a lot of things that can cause acute exacerbations of asthma, but in this particular situation, it's from exercise. So, the first thing that you should do is, whenever you go to exercise, always bring your emergency inhaler, or fast-acting inhaler. So, the first thing that you'll do, when you start to feel this come on, is run over to your inhaler, shake it, and you're going to take two puffs. Make sure that you see the steam, that you feel the medicine going in. A lot of times we use spacers in this so it's not getting absorbed on the tongue but it's actually able to go into the airway and dilate to give you some more air to breathe or room to breathe. If this isn't helping, there's an emergency position you can get in. For a long time, they taught you to put your hands over your head, but what's that's actually doing is lifting up your diaphragm and it's decreasing the space in your lungs to breathe. So, you're going to want to get into a triangle position. You're going to want to sit down, you're going to put your elbows on your knees, let your head rest, here your going to be taking in as deep of breaths as you can. Remember that if you're a bystander in this, you want to help keep the person with asthma as calm as possible because as the situation is getting longer and longer their airway is getting smaller and smaller. So, it might look easy to you to do, but it's actually really hard so be an encourager, keep a calm situation. There's another option that you have, if you're close enough to a nebulizer, if you have a pretty bad asthma case, you might keep one of these in your car. But, if you can get a nebulizer, which essentially takes medicine and it evaporates it, it puts it into a almost a steam and allows it to get into your lungs and expand a lot more efficiently than an inhaler does. Then you want to go ahead and use that. If you don't have a nebulizer available, or if the nebulizer isn't working, then you want to head to the ER. This is a really serious situation. The oxygen level is depleting very rapidly and its not going to to get any better at this point. So, those are some of the ways that you can treat exercise induced asthma.

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