By Jill Waldron
Written through nurses for nurses, bronchial asthma Care in the neighborhood emphasizes the ''back to basics'' method, that's usually forgotten in a excessive know-how healthcare method. The publication covers epidemiology, together with occurrence, morbidity, and mortality; the industrial and social burden of bronchial asthma; the pathology and pathophysiology of bronchial asthma; coping with sufferers with bronchial asthma, either pharmacologically and non-pharmacologically; dealing with simple bronchial asthma, throughout to the extra complicated concerns surrounding acute episodes and ''difficult to manage'' occasions.
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FEV1/FVC% = the ratio of FEV1 to FVC expressed as a percentage. The SVC, FVC and FEV1 are absolute values and measured in litres. In normal lung function, around 80 % of the total volume of air exhaled (FVC), can be blown out in the first second (FEV1). The narrower the airways, the lower this figure will be, and in very severe disease it can be as low as 15 %. Very often, the FVC will be normal, even in severe obstruction, but the patient will take longer to reach that point. The ratio is calculated by dividing the patient’s FEV1 by the FVC and multiplying by 100.
However, it is also important not to miss other possible diagnoses. If you are unsure about the diagnosis, do not hesitate to pass it on to someone with more experience, for example the patient’s GP or even a hospital consultant. There are several clues that might make you suspect that perhaps the condition isn’t asthma, for example, if there is little or no response to treatment, or the clinical findings don’t match the lung function results. When trying to ‘tease out’ the diagnosis, look again at the family history.
A small percentage of asthmatics will be sensitive to aspirin and NSAIDs. Even topical preparations such as the gels used to treat soft tissue inflammation can trigger an asthma attack in susceptible people. 1. Common asthma triggers Common asthma triggers Viral infections, for example colds Pets/animals Pollen Stress/emotion Smoking Fumes Spores Exercise Pregnancy and menstruation Some drugs House dust mite Food allergies Cold air Hot air Occasionally, asthma may be triggered by foods, the most common of which are dairy products, shellfish and nuts.