Asthma Day in Covid times: Patients need special care

at 8:37 pm

New Delhi (NVI): In the times of Covid-19 pandemic, if any of your friends or family members is suffering from asthma, then he or she must take extra care and you must know how to support the person as such people are at a high risk of contracting the virus.

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways, which can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. It can be triggered by air pollutants, smoke, pollen, dust mites and stress.

Doctors say that since the symptoms of asthma and Covid-19 are similar, people with asthma get extra scared when they get asthma attack.

“We receive several calls from patients suffering from asthma as the symptoms are very similar to Covid19. It has affected their mental and emotional well-being. Hence, it is essential to practice relaxation techniques such as meditation,” said a doctor.

Asthma should be managed properly. So, if your loved one has it then keep the prescription of the person having asthma with yourself. Look for the symptoms and the triggers. Accompany the person while going for the check-up or follow-up. Home exercise with the person having asthma. Help the person during an asthma attack by making him/her sit comfortably. Give them an inhaler immediately. Call the doctor if you think that the situation is not under control.

Here is what Dr Navneet Kaur, General Physician at Apollo Spectra Hospital in Delhi has to say. “If you have someone at home who is suffering from asthma then avoid spraying deodorants or perfumes at home as this can trigger asthma. Say no to candles with fragrance, air freshener, or incense stick. Clean the house from time to time. Avoid indoor pollution and dust. Try to limit the number of pollens in the house by keeping your windows closed. Do not smoke at all or even use a wood-burning stove. In case, someone has asthma then keep him/her away from the pets and pet dander. Avoid serving foods that may trigger asthma. Keep away processed foods, foods with additives, and preservatives from the person having asthma. Also, see to it that the one with asthma takes his medications, on a daily basis.”

Take every precaution to prevent an infection- Keep wearing your mask while you step out of your house, Wash your hand repeatedly and avoid touching your face.

Follow guidelines for vulnerable pollution, Avoid unnecessary travels. Stock up on your medicines as many pharmacies are shut because of the lockdown.

Follow your asthma treatment plan and do not change your asthma plan without consulting your doctor.

And try to avoid your asthma trigger points as it can cause you more problems.