As someone responsible for elderly care, you might think that one of the few illnesses you don’t have to look out for is asthma. Asthma is known by many as a “children’s disease,” meaning that it is usually first diagnosed in kids as opposed to adults.
Asthma, however, can occur in anyone of any age, and is getting increasingly more prevalent among senior citizens, especially if they are over the age of 75. Asthma is a lung condition, in which the sufferer might find it difficult to breathe or catch their breath at times. It can be managed with medications and breathing practices, but before it can be managed, it must be identified.
Here are some symptoms to look out for if you suspect that your loved one might have asthma:
- Wheezing – Breathing that sounds labored or strange, or like it is difficult to get in and out is a sign that something is going on that shouldn’t be. If you hear your senior loved one wheezing and finding it hard to draw breath or speak, a doctor’s appointment might be a good idea.
- Coughing – Wheezing and coughing often go hand in hand, and this case is no exception. A recurring cough without the presence of a cold or flu can be a signal that something is going on in the lungs, and the body is working hard to try to expel what it sees as an irritant.
- Chest tightness – If there is something wrong with the lungs, it causes the chest to ache and to feel tight. Chest tightness is something that should never be ignored, though, so if the elderly person you care for is experiencing this symptom, contact a medical professional right away.
- Shortness of breath – As mentioned above, asthma is a disorder of the lungs, and the lungs are what give us the ability to breathe. If they are not functioning correctly, it is difficult to breathe in or out, leading to the feeling of breathlessness. If your loved one gets winded and out of breath just standing up or sitting still, it is probably time to see a doctor to find out why.
- Symptoms get worse during certain times and activities – If the above symptoms recur and get especially unbearable at night, when the senior is lying down or trying to go to sleep, or they get worse when the senior is exercising or breathing in allergens, asthma could be the culprit.
If you notice any of these symptoms in your elderly loved one, see a doctor right away. While asthma is a manageable condition, breathing problems should never be ignored. Sometimes, the West Uabove symptoms could signal the presence of something even worse than asthma, like heart disease or a serious respiratory problem, and these should be detected as early as possible to as to treat them better and faster.
If it is asthma, though, a doctor might prescribe an inhaler, and might encourage the senior to do breathing exercises that can help to control asthma attacks safely and successfully. The sooner you see the doctor, the sooner you will both breathe easier!
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in West University Place, TX, contact the caring staff at Personal Caregiving Services at 832-564-0338. Providing Care in Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, Katy, and Sugar Land and the surrounding areas.
In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston.In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA).
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