Don’t Wait-Plan For An Asthma Attack Now!
Have you ever thought of what to do when having an asthma attack, just knowing it, is not enough.
The effect of difficulty in breathing is a warning of asthma. There are several pre-symptoms. A feeling of tightness in the chest, unusual wheezing and coughing should get your attention. Another early signal that an asthma attack may be on its way is restlessness while trying to sleep.. If you train yourself to watch for these conditions, you will find that you usually have enough time to prepare or even prevent the attack.
When you feel that you are having one of the pre-symptoms, do not wait, just swing into action. Here are some “fight back” tips:
1. You must be prepared with an asthma attack action plan so that the moment you feel of an attack you can put your plan into action.
2. An asthma attack is usually a high stress situation, so try to stay calm and put your plan into action. Firstly, make sure you take the correct medications for instance do not mistake prevention drug with an asthma reliever remedy. Prevention medications work much too slowly and have little or no effect in relieving an attack.
3) The best way to be sure you correctly identify your medications is to mark your inhalers with different colors. For example a blue inhaler for normal prevention and red inhaler for emergency-use relief. By making these advanced preparations there is less chance you will grab the wrong treatment at the wrong time. You will be prepared for whatever asthma throws at you.
4) Relax and slow your breathing! This is not an easy task but with enough training you can concentrate and control your breath even during an asthma attack. Practice your breathing exercises under normal conditions to make sure you can do them when you are tense during an attack.
What to do when having an asthma attack-relaxed breathing
As mentioned above, during an asthma attack and after taking medication you should begin your relaxation exercises. Start by sitting comfortably in a chair. Then clear you mind and concentrate on relaxing. Visualize the tension leaving your shoulders and neck.
It is important to control your breathing and not to gasp for air. Maintain your concentration and try to slow your breathing a little. A good technique is to inhale through your nose, and exhale through your mouth.
Using a pursed-lip breathing technique can also help you control your breathing. Do until breathless feeling subsides and finally disappears. It’s not uncommon to feel dizzy while doing this. Just try to rest between breaths.
What to do when having an asthma attack – when things going wrong
Now let’s cover what to do when you are having an asthma attack and you cannot get relief. Despite using the proper medicine and exercises and if your effort to breathe becomes extremely labored with struggle for longer than usual making it worse, then consider the following:
1) Call your doctor. It is wise to have the doctor’s phone number written somewhere close at hand or preprogrammed into your telephone’s memory. Having your doctor’s phone number stored (or even programmed for fast dial) in your cellular phone is also a good idea. Make sure you can call your doctor anywhere you are. Don’t worry of all this seems a bit paranoid. You should always hope for the best, but plan for the worst.
2) During a severe attack, if you do not have much time to get in touch with your doctor, then travel to his or her’s office. In this situation it is best to immediately head for the nearest hospital emergency room. This should be a part of your asthma attack plan. You should know the exact location of at least one emergency facility and the fastest way to get there. If you do not have your own transport, make sure you have the number of a friend or taxi company ready to use.
3) Finally, another situation that should be included in your plan is, be ready to call for an ambulance. They can get to you in a matter of minutes and will be ready to give you immediate attention and relief treatment. You should have done the research to learn if you should call the ambulance directly or call 911 and let that emergency service arrange for the ambulance.
Briefly speaking, the best defense against an asthma attack is a well prepared action plan. So the next time when your mind reflects of what to do when having an asthma attack, you should be able to turn immediately to your plan and put it into action.