Asthma attacks. What to do when you don't have an inhalerApr 19, 2023
Not having the access to your inhaler can lead to severe issues when suffering from an asthma attacks. Here are some tips which can be beneficial for you in any of such instances.
- Sit upright. This opens your airway. Don’t bend over or lie down, as doing this constricts your airway even more.
- Slow down your breathing by taking long, deep breaths. Breathe in through your nose. Exhale through your mouth. You want to prevent hyperventilation.
- Stay calm. Anxiety tightens your chest and back muscles, which makes it more difficult to breathe.
- Get away from the trigger. If you can get away from your trigger, do so. Move into clean air, preferably an air-conditioned environment, and try to take slow, deep breaths once you’re in a safe place.
- Drink a warm, caffeinated beverage, such as coffee or tea. Caffeine has similar properties to some asthma medications and can help temporarily improve airway functions.
- Get medical help. If you can’t get the wheezing, coughing or breathing difficulties under control, it’s important to get help.
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