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Judith Proctor ([personal profile] watervole) wrote2010-12-06 03:16 pm

Useful advice for an asthma attack

I phone the Asthma UK telephone helpline.  The nurse couldn't work out what might have triggered the attack (though she had a very sensible checklist of common triggers), but she did have some useful advice for future attacks.

The recommended amount of ventolin that can be used in case of a bad attack is much higher than it used to be.  The recommendation is now to take two puffs at two minute intervals for a maximum of ten puffs in total.  That's a lot higher than I was taking last night.

Also, steroid tablets should always be taken in the morning (which I already know from experience  tends to help the steroid-induced insomnia), but it's okay to do this even if you started the course the night before.  I was concerned about taking two doses that close together, but she said it was okay, which is definitely a good thing.

I've just made them a donation via my Charities Aid account - and passed on some money to Marine Conservation, the Bumblebee Trust and a couple of others while I was at it.  I believe it's doubly important to support charities when the economy is in trouble.

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