Covid First Aid 19
Hello .. Doctor, one of the symptoms of Covid 19 is shortness of breath, for first aid can asthma medication be used: Ventolin Inhalers (Salbutamol) to reduce shortness of breath?
Thank you for the question.
Some people with COVID-19 can indeed experience shortness of breath. Not only that, COVID-19 can also cause sufferers to experience a variety of other complaints, such as coughing, fever, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, muscle and joint pain, weakness, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and many other complaints with intensity different, can be light, can also be heavy.
Even so, not everyone with shortness of breath can be concluded having COVID-19. Infections of various other microorganisms (besides Corona virus that causes COVID-19), as well as various other diseases, such as allergies, dyspepsia, asthma, heart problems, irritation, poisoning, pneumothorax, pleural effusion, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, kidney disorders, psychological disorders, and psychological disorders. and so on can also cause tightness.
Treatment for shortness of breath can be different depending on the cause. So, not all shortness of breath is properly treated with salbutamol. Salbutamol is only appropriate for shortness of breath that occurs due to narrowing of the lower airway (including those that can occur due to COVID-19). If the tightness arises because of other factors, it will certainly be handled differently. Therefore, if it has not been seen by a doctor, it has not been ascertained the cause is related to the narrowing of the lower airway, it is not advisable to give any medication. Ascertain the cause of this shortness of breath, whether it really arises due to COVID-19 or for other reasons, needs to be done by involving direct physical examination by a doctor, or assisted by other investigations, such as x-rays, blood tests, throat swabs, spirometry, and some of them.
If you meet someone who is short of breath, you should first treat him with:
First, you use a mask and wash your hands thoroughly
Loosen the clothes
Move him to a comfortable place, away from the crowd, also position his body to be comfortable
Compress warm tight chest
Keep it away from things that make it allergic
Make him calm, don't panic
Give him a glass of water and food that is easy to swallow
Do not bring it away from cigarettes, smoke, pollution, dry air
Don't carelessly give him medicine
Furthermore, if the tightness seems heavy enough, you need to immediately take him to the doctor or internist at the nearest health facility to be treated further huh ..
I hope this helps.