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By Jill Waldron

Written through nurses for nurses, bronchial asthma Care locally emphasizes the ''back to basics'' procedure, that's frequently forgotten in a excessive know-how healthcare procedure. The booklet covers epidemiology, together with occurrence, morbidity, and mortality; the industrial and social burden of bronchial asthma; the pathology and pathophysiology of bronchial asthma; handling sufferers with bronchial asthma, either pharmacologically and non-pharmacologically; handling easy bronchial asthma, during to the extra advanced concerns surrounding acute episodes and ''difficult to manage'' occasions.

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It is important to always consider the possibility of alternative diagnoses. INTRODUCTION To be able to manage asthma effectively, you have to get the diagnosis right. This may sound obvious, but so often, patients either go undiagnosed or a wrong diagnosis is made. This can have disastrous effects on the patient, not to mention the difficulties it will cause you if you get it wrong. This chapter guides you through the signs and symptoms that suggest asthma and the process that ultimately leads to a diagnosis.

3. Symptom diary two weeks after commencing inhaled corticosteroid Numbers of days Night-time symptoms None = 0 Slight = 1 Waking 2–3 times = 2 Bad night/awake most of night = 3 Daytime symptoms Wheeze: None = 0 Occasional = 1 Moderate =2 Severe = 3 Cough: None = 0 Occasional = 1 Frequent = 2 Symptoms on exercise None = 0 Running = 1 Walking = 2 Limited activity = 3 Daily total Number of doses of reliever medication given 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 2 1 1 4 2 4 2 4 2 3 1 4 2 3 1 2 0 misdiagnosed, or sometimes receive no diagnosis at all!

Bronchial smooth muscle is present in all the airways, and constriction of this muscle results in narrowing of the airway leading to the symptoms of breathlessness, cough and wheeze. In addition to this, extra mucus is produced by the goblet cells in the airway walls to enable the irritants to be transported upwards by the cilia to the pharynx where they will be either coughed up or swallowed. In nonasthmatics the episode is usually quickly dealt with. The person leaves the environment and the airways rapidly return to normal without any need for treatment.

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