Health and health have to be given importance in the current epidemic. This is especially important when your immune system is weak or if you have a history of a disease. Asthma is one of these.
The main reason for worsening asthma is viral infection in the windpipe. Viral respiratory infections can be very fatal for people at risk of asthma or for existing asthma sufferers. According to one estimate, patients with normal or severe asthma are at greater risk of becoming more serious.
About 93 million people in India suffer from chronic respiratory problems. Of these, about 37 million are asthmatic. India accounts for only 11.1 percent of the global asthma burden, while India accounts for 42 percent of the world’s asthma deaths, making India the world’s asthma capital.
According to Apollo Hospital’s Consultant Specialist (Chest Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and Sleep Medicine), Dr. Rohit Karoli, “Due to the effect of respiratory virus on asthma, it has become very important that currently asthma sufferers take extra precautions. Thorough control of asthma is very important to prevent virus-forming problems. ”
At the time of the current pandemic, treatment of a disease has to go to the emergency department or urgent treatment, where the patient is also at higher risk of coming in contact with an infected person.
According to Dr Manish Tripathi, Senior Consultant (Chest Specialist), Narendra Mohan Hospital, Ghaziabad, “Asthma sufferers are given steroid inhalers to control asthma. Asthma sufferers should never stop taking their corticosteroid inhalers unless a medical professional asks them to do so. Stopping the use of steroid inhalers will put the patient at greater risk of infection as this worsens the control of asthma. ”
If asthma is under control, avoid going to the hospital clinic. You can contact your doctor over the telephone and tell them about your progress. Asthmatic patients should not go to the clinic without planning. People with normal to severe asthma are at greater risk of contracting viral infections. These infections affect your windpipe (nose, throat, lungs), cause asthma attacks and can cause pneumonia or acute respiratory disease.
MDI with spacer may be used for relieving acute symptoms. Avoid using nebulizers as they have a high risk of spreading viral infections. Nebulizers make aerosols, which can spread infected droplets up to several meters.
Your doctor will advise you about these methods. Make sure you have a 30-day stock of non-prescription medicines and supplies, so that if you need to stay indoors for long periods of time, you won’t have any problems.