What to do In-case You’re a Victim of an Asthmatic Attack

What is Asthma?

Asthma is an extremely common chronic and potentially life-threatening condition, if not controlled. It has affected a large number of adults and children. When doctors say that a patient has asthma, it means that the patient’s airway goes into a spasm that causes tightness of the chest. The linings of the airways inflame and produce phlegm that leads to difficulty in breathing.

What are Asthma Attack Triggers?

The triggers vary from individual to individual. The most common asthma attack triggers are:

  • Exposure to any kind of an allergen like a tree, grass, or weed pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Cockroaches or animal dander
  • Smoke or chemical fumes
  • Strong odours like perfume
  • Sinusitis
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Extreme weather conditions
  • Strong emotional state

If you are exposed to any of the aforementioned triggers in your daily routine, try to avoid them in the first place. If you can’t, take extreme preventive measures and follow your action plan for keeping your asthma in check.

What to do for Asthma Attack Without an Inhaler?

Asthma needs constant care and management at all times, no exceptions. Your life depends on it. Best way to manage an asthma attack is it to carry your inhaler everywhere. However, if you are caught up in a situation where you do not have your inhaler, try these coping techniques to help you get through until medical aid arrives.

  • Sit Upright
    Stop whatever you are doing and sit up straight. Bending over or lying down can make your condition worse, even if it may seem like a viable option at that time. Bending or lying down in case of an asthma attack can constrict your breathing even more.
  • Take Long, Deep Breaths
    Taking long, deep breaths can help you control your breathing and prevent hyperventilation. Breathe in through your nose and breathe out through your mouth; just like in yoga.
  • Stay Calm
    Staying calm under pressure is hard, but it helps you prevent further tightening of your chest muscles and enables a smoother flow of air, making your breathing easier.
  • Get Away From the Trigger
    An asthma attack is triggered by various factors but if you have identified that trigger, get away from it as soon as possible and move to an air-conditioned environment, or someplace with clean air.
  • Take a Hot Caffeinated Beverage
    Another thing that helps in the treatment of asthma is a hot caffeinated drink like coffee. It helps you open up the airways of your chest, providing some relief.
  • Seek Emergency Medical Help
    If the coughing and wheezing does not subside for a considerable amount of time, seek immediate medical attention.

An asthma attack is a sign your asthma is not well-controlled!

Consult your doctor on a regular basis even after you have recovered from the attack. An asthma attack is a sign that your asthma is not under control or you have included something in your daily routine that triggers your asthma. You may need stronger medication, some medical care, exercises, changes in your diet or routine; you will not know what it is until you visit a doctor. This is a potentially life-threatening condition. DO NOT, under any circumstances ignore it.

A healthy body is a peaceful one.

Dr. Rishab Sharma

Dr. Rishab Sharma MBBS, MD (Internal Medicine) He is associated with Fortis Escorts Hospital, Jaipur. Dr. Rishab has wide experience in managing a variety of diseases, as well as managing critical care units in large government and corporate hospitals.

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