Last Updated: June 10, 2020
Asthma is a fairly common condition, slightly more prevalent in children than adults, and more common in girls and women than in boys and men. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation reports that over 25 million Americans live with asthma, although the severity of the condition varies by person. As well, the prevalence varies regionally and by ethnic group.
When someone suffers an asthma attack, the lungs’ airways inflame and swell, causing constriction, and this causes coughing, shortness of breath, and wheezing. What this ultimately means is that less air reaches the lungs, and the patient is less able to breathe. Some asthma attacks are mild and can be treated with fast-acting inhalers, also called “rescue drugs.” A severe asthma emergency can cause extreme difficulty breathing, and symptoms may include the lips and/or face turning blue. Severe attacks are also sometimes characterized by sweating and an abnormally rapid pulse.
In such a serious emergency, medical professionals look for medical alert jewelry to help them identify any medical conditions you may have. This is why asthma medical bracelets can be so beneficial. Even before medical personnel arrive, a helpful onlooker can access an asthma alert bracelet for information such as where to find your rescue medications and/or inhaler.
Over time, people with asthma may learn what triggers their asthma attacks and are thus better able to avoid having serious episodes. However, not all allergens are avoidable, and not all asthma attacks are caused by allergies. In fact, many asthma attacks are caused by hay fever, chemicals, exercise, smoke exposure, and stress. Still, allergies are a major factor. Healthline reports that 60% of people with asthma have allergy-induced asthma.
By The Numbers:
Over 95% of first responders surveyed report that wearing a medical ID improves patient outcomes and over 98% recommend listing your allergies on your medical alert jewelry.
While most asthma attacks are treatable with rescue drugs such as inhalers, sometimes an inhaler is too far away to be reached. Other times, the attack may be extreme. In both instances, those surrounding the person suffering an asthma attack need to know what to do and how to help. By wearing medical ID jewelry, those with asthma can have their diagnosis and treatment protocol on hand in the event they are unable to speak. Additionally, if EMTs do need to respond, knowing the cause of someone’s inability to breathe can contribute toward faster, more effective treatment.
Wondering what to put on your asthma alert medical ID? We recommend listing your name, asthma diagnosis, any other conditions, your medications, all allergies, and emergency contact numbers. Here are some examples of what to engrave on your asthma medical alert jewelry: