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Our lifestyles have become such that we barely have any time to stand and stare. Unfortunately, our busy lifestyles do come at the cost of our health. This means that we ignore our health to make wealth, and when things go wrong, we lose wealth to make our health. Although hefty hospital bills could be a reality if you continue being casual, you can contain the situation at home, when it comes to certain conditions like heart attacks, stroke, panic attacks or even asthma attacks. The good news is that you can use first aid to handle all of them.
But what exactly is first aid? As the name suggests, first aid is immediate assistance given to any person, suffering from a minor or serious illness or injury. This is done to preserve life or prevent the condition from worsening.
The World First Aid Day 2021 was observed recently, and honestly, we can’t emphasise enough on its importance.
Let’s find out different ways to use first aid for various health conditions:
The increase in the incidence of heart attacks is alarming to say the least. What’s even more shocking is how age is no longer a bar, when it comes to cardiac-related illnesses today. A heart attack is generally characterised by chest pain, pressure or tightness. There’s pain or discomfort that spreads to the shoulder, arm, back, neck, jaw, teeth, or even the upper abdomen.
Another health condition that has become increasingly common is stroke. It happens when the blood supply to a part of your brain is interrupted or reduced. This prevents the brain tissue from getting adequate oxygen and nutrients. This then leads to brain cells being killed in no time.
As the name suggests, a panic attack is an episode, where a person experiences intense anxiety, which can then manifest in the form of a racing heartbeat, shortness of breath, dizziness as well as muscle tension.
When a person has an asthma attack, the airways become constricted, and extra mucus is produced. This causes the bronchial tubes to narrow down. An asthma attack may show up in the form of symptoms like coughing, wheezing and heavy breathing.
1. Sit the person upright.
2. Give four puffs of the inhaler.
3. Wait four minutes. If there’s no improvement, give four more separate puffs.
4. If there is still no improvement, rush to a hospital.