Winter Asthma Alert
All asthmatics do not wheeze and all who wheeze are not asthmatics. Chronic cough may be the only symptom of asthma, said Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India.
Formula of 2 for persistent asthma
Asthma can be intermittent or persistent. The asthma is persistent if one gets > 2 asthma attacks in the night in a month; gets > 2 attacks of asthma in day in a week or uses more than 2 canisters of asthma in a year.
Persistent asthma (mild, moderate or severe) needs continuous drugs. On the contrary intermittent asthma may be put on intermittent drugs.
Asthma attacks can occur in both intermittent and persistent asthma category and can be mild, moderate of severe attack.
1. If a person can speak a sentence, its mild asthma attack and can be managed as an OPD case.
2. If a person is breaking sentences, its moderate asthma attack and needs observation.
3. If the person is speaking in words, its severe asthma attack and needs ICU care.