Running head: ASTHMA AND STEPWISE MANAGEMENT 1 Asthma and Stepwise Management Your Name Walden University NURS - 6521N - Advanced Pharmacology Date
Asthma and Stepwise Management 2 Introduction Asthma is a medical condition that has the human airways inflamed. It is a disease that affects the respiratory system. In the presence of several triggers such as excessive cold, an individual with asthma may suffer an asthma attack which characterized by an increased swelling of the muscles and a blockage of the airways. Air cannot move in and out of the lungs comfortably thus an individual may display the following symptoms: wheezing, shortness or loss of breath and coughing. The individual may clutch their chest to show tightness or pain in the chest (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, 2017). The purpose of this paper is, therefore, to explain the long-term control measures and quick relief responses of handling asthma as well as giving a reflection on the stepwise approach to taking care of asthma patients, and what both caregiver and patients need to know about the disease. Asthmatic Drugs and Treatment An individual suffering from asthma attack needs critical and immediate attention. Various drugs are available for asthma patients alongside quick relief measures and long-term control measures. These are significant in ensuring that patients survive and can take care of themselves or be taken care of adequately. In the process of dealing with asthma, there are long- term control measures and quick relief procedures. Quick-relief procedures serve as first aid measures. First aid refers to the immediate help given to patients in an attempt to save their lives and to enable them to see a medical provider. Inhalers are the basic requirement for every patient who has asthma ( Arcangelo & Peterson, 2013).
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