This graph presents how many children or adults are taught to identify and respond to an asthma attack. Understanding the symptoms of an attack and how to treat them can save a life.
How to prevent asthma attacks?
There is no way to get rid of asthma attacks completely, but, there are many ways to prevent them. Try to "dust proof" your home, changing the bedding frequently, and vacuuming carpets weekly. This prevents dust and allergens from building up and can lower the risk of an asthma attack at home. Another tip that goes for nearly every illness, don't smoke. It is important for people who suffer from asthma to live and work in smoke free environments as well. Once again, have an inhaler on you at ALL times. Coughing at night, having a hard time sleeping, and shortness of breath can signal an upcoming attack.
How common are asthma attacks?
It is hard to tell exactly how common asthma attacks are, but, generally speaking, mild attacks are usually more common. Some patients may go a while until an attack, some get them whenever they are exposed to triggers or after intense physical activity. Although severe and emergency attacks are less common, they take longer to treat and call for medical help. Treating symptoms for mild attacks can prevent severe and more serious episodes.
How did science play a role in solving the problem?
Doctors and medical specialists used science to determine what types of medications open the airways during an attack. They also use science to reduce indoor allergens and attack symptoms. With this research, some scientists reduced cockroach allergens by 84%. Doctors also used simple science and common sense to find that changing bedding, vacuuming and steam cleaning carpets reduces dust allergens. At the Colombia Center for Children's Environmental Health, researchers found that children born in areas of smoke and pollution were more likely to have asthma and suffer from more frequent attacks.