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What are the symptoms of asthma in the elderly?

what are the symptoms of asthma in the elderly? For the elderly asthmatic patients, there are many problems that need to be paid attention to in nursing and treatment, but to care for the elderly asthmatic patients, we need to first understand what symptoms the elderly asthmatic patients will have. Let's have a specific understanding. The main clinical manifestations of asthma in the elderly are cough and expectoration, shortness of breath and paroxysmal night wheezing attack: the study of asthma in the elderly found that 70% of the elderly asthmatics had shortness of breath with wheezing, while only 11% of the elderly non asthmatics had shortness of breath with wheezing. 63% of the elderly asthma patients had cough history for several years to decades before the onset of the disease, but due to the insensitivity of the elderly, they could not be diagnosed and treated in time and accurately. Because of the decline of the function of the whole body and respiratory system organs, the increase of the responsiveness of the airway to the stimulation, and the insufficiency of the basic lung function reserve, the onset of the disease will easily lead to the occurrence of severe asthma and even respiratory failure. The symptoms of asthma in the elderly 2. There are many complications in the elderly patients with asthma, such as hypertension heart disease, coronary heart disease, left heart failure, diabetes, cerebral arteriosclerosis and so on, which make the diagnosis of asthma more difficult. At the same time, the elderly patients with asthma are also easy to be misdiagnosed due to chronic bronchitis, obstructive pulmonary emphysema and other respiratory diseases easily confused with asthma. In addition, due to the low resistance of the elderly patients with asthma, respiratory infection is also one of their characteristics. The symptoms of the elderly asthma 3. The elderly asthma patients often tend to attack for a long time, but because the elderly asthma patients have poor tolerance to cold, the incidence rate in winter is significantly higher than other age groups of asthma. The remission period of Senile Asthma is relatively short, especially the self remission rate is lower. At the same time, the daily variability of asthma attack is small. The symptoms of asthma in the elderly are closely related to smoking. The proportion of smokers in this age group is very high, which is significantly different from that in teenagers and even middle-aged group. Due to the existence of airway hyperresponsiveness, adolescents and middle-aged people are more sensitive to smoke stimulation and are unwilling to touch smoke, so few smokers or quit smoking by themselves. However, elderly asthmatics often occur on the basis of long-term smoking. They have adapted to cigarette smoke psychologically and physiologically, and even some patients use smoking due to their thick sputum To stimulate expectoration. The above is about the symptoms of asthma in the elderly. I hope it can help nurses to know more about this aspect of common sense, so as to help family members better care for patients.