hi friends! this week i wanted to have a chatto you about a problem that's been plaguing me for some time... asthma. before we get started i just wanted to havea quick chat about the different types of medications that we use as asthmatics andalso the equipment that we use to help our breathing. i find that a lot of doctors oftenprescribe the medications or the equipment without fully explaining how to use them toasthmatics. so i though i would start with some of the medication i'm on and also thengo on to some of the equipment before we get into the rest of the video. asmol
asmol is also known as ventolin. asmol isa substance or a chemical that you inhale into your lungs to relieve the bronchospasmof an asthma attack. your asmol actually fits into one of these beauties so it goes, clicksin, then you press down, and you get a puff. now, with puffers, oftentimes when you dotake a puff, if it's just the puffer in your mouth, you will most likely have the chemicalscoat the back of your throat rather than actually go into your lungs, you only get thirty percent,or something like that. this is what we've got these beauties for.now, this is called a spacer. basically what happens is, you'll see the little logo onhere of able brand (i really like able they work really well), so you put your pufferinto here. and then, you squeeze down, and
it goes into the chamber. in the chamber,that mixes with the air that's already in there. from that point, your doctor will tellyou, but you should generally take four deep breaths from every puff, for up to four puffs. next up i've got seretide. seretide is a preventermedication, it comes in these purple puffers. so all you have to do - if you see it's closed- so you turn it to the open position, put your mouth on this mouthpiece, and push thislever down to release the medication, and breathe in from the mouthpiece. so the importantthing to do with seretide is to wash your mouth out after you have puffed it. it canactually give you oral thrush when it coats the back of your throat, and you do not wantthat to happen.
next up in my line of prevention i have predisnolone.so this is a steroid, that you take only periodically with asthma because it's pretty dangerousto be on it the whole time. it basically helps to prevent asthma attacks actually happeningin the first place. it's great to take when you have a flu, or before you think you mightbe near someone or something that's one of your triggers. this one isn't really an asthma prevention,it's actually a medication i take when i have panic attacks coming on. but panic attackscan (stumbles) trigger asthma attacks sometimes. so this one is good to have around, it's knownas valium. i don't take it so much at the moment, if at all, because of work.
pain killers. because asthma attacks do causea lot of chest pain. residual chest pain after the attack itself. so i have these for otherpain for endometriosis, it's panadeine forte, basically, but even just a normal panadolis handy. this little beauty is called a nebuliser.this is my last defense against (stumbles) an asthma attack. with a nebuliser, you alsoget these little pipettes of medication, it's called salbutamol. so what happens is youalso with a nebuliser get a face mask and a little tube that comes with it. the facemask attaches to the little cup here, which undoes, and the medication would then be pouredinto there, pop that in. then pop the cord onto this end, look at me trying to get itin that's so stupid, i need to look with my
eyes. pop the cord onto that end, and theother end of this cord goes there - and you turn it on. and that one basically i haveif my puffers won't work and it's also the sort of thing they put you on in the hospitaland you have an asthma attack and get delivered there. scene change! so in the second half of the video what iwanted to talk about was asthma triggers. a lot of people have a lot of different triggers. for example, here are just a couple of householdproducts i had that would cause asthma attacks if i used them.
my triggers, my biggest triggers are, cigarettesmoke. so things like people smoking near me or having to walk past people in the streetwho are smoking, or people who smell like cigarette smoke if i have to work closelywith them, or hug them, or stand next to them, will invariably set me off with an asthmaattack. in a similar vein, perfume sets me off quite frequently, people who wear perfumetoo heavily or people who spray perfume near me. and my third biggest trigger is hot oilvapour, so the vapour that enter the air from hot oilvats, and deep fryers, for example in fast food restaurants agitates my lungs and makesme have an asthma attack. so one of the messages i wanted to get acrossin the second half of this video is when you
go out in your daily lives whether you chooseto wear perfume or you choose to be a smoker your choice should not override the righta person who has asthma has to breathe and keep air in their lungs. and i think an important thing that peopleneed to think about is okay, you choose to smoke, that's great, that's your choice, butif you are smoking on the street you could set off somebody else's asthma attack. somethinglike four hundred million people worldwide have asthma, and about two hundred and fiftythousand people per year die from asthma attacks. something we need to consider when we makethe choice to smoke in public or to apply hefty amounts of perfume or use spray on deodorantin public bathrooms and change rooms is how
would it feel if your choice to do whateveryou were doing triggered the asthma attack that killed someone's child or killed someone'sparent or killed someone? anyway, thanks for watching, as always. as always, don't forget to subscribe, giveus a thumbs up if you liked the video, give us a thumbs up if you don't like the video.and i'll see you guys next week, thanks for watching.