Though asthma is far from uncommon, it doesn’t make it less scary for the person experiencing and those who have to watch it happen, mostly helpless. As a disease that involves the airway in the lungs, having an asthma attack can include being short in breath, coughing, wheezing, and even a tightness in the chest.
Though there aren’t any specific cures for asthma, when it has been properly diagnosed (that is, when you find out what is triggering it) you can try to work around it. We have below for you a few tips that may help you, when you’re trying to manage and work around your attacks.
Identify what is causing them.
For most people, until they figure out what causes and triggers their attacks, asthma can be a nightmare. With the help of your doctor (and those closest to you,) try to identify the reason. Once you identify it, you should try to avoid these situations.
For example, some people get their attacks due to dust. So if any of your family members are prone to asthma attacks, avoid cleaning or stirring up the dust when they’re around. Try to get all the cleaning done while they’re out of the house, as dust buildup too can make it worse for them.
Practice your breathing.
More often than not, when you’re beginning to get an asthma attack, most people tend to panic and worry about it. This could result in making your breathing harder when combined with the attack. Calm down and try to control your breath. Many asthma patients are advised to practice the Buteyko breathing exercises to help them through their attack.
Though the Buteyko breathing exercises doesn’t really help in curing asthma, it does help you breathe better and calm down.
If your attack is triggered by smoke, gases or dust, don’t forget to remove yourself from it before you practice your breathing exercises. This if often over looked in the panic and chaos surrounding the attack.
Medicines and extra precautions.
Consult an allergist or an immunologist if possible when trying to diagnose and treat your asthma, as they are the most qualified physicians for this. Try to not avoid having your medicines, as most people tend to believe that asthma simply disappears after a certain period of time. If you are prescribed medicines to have during your attack, or if you’re supposed to use an inhaler, always carry it around, especially if you’re expecting to face a situation that may trigger your attacks.
It’s also a good idea to have extra medicines, bought and stored, in case of emergencies, as you may not be able to buy them when you need them the most. Try to have an extra stash in your car and even in the office if possible.
Though it definitely is scary, and dangerous (depending on the age), asthma can easily be handled with the proper care and preparations.