How To Manage An Asthma Attack
Initial step in dealing with an asthma attack is identifying that an attack is present. Normally if one is having a severe attack and can’t breathe recognition of the attack is no problem.But at other times it is all very easy to minimize one’s symptoms of an asthma attack — to attribute them to a cold or an allergy, or to assume that everything will just get better over time. At this stage is where a home peak flow meter often proves very useful.
A peak flow meter is a portable and easily used device that allows you to measure your breathing capacity and to determine accurately how severely it is impaired. It can demonstrate clearly whether you are having an asthma attack (because your peak flow will be reduced significantly from its usual) and alert you to how severe it is (based on how low your peak flow has fallen).
If you are dealing with an asthma attack without the benefit of a peak flow meter(it’s very good to have one at home and it’s not expensive), you must rely solely on your asthma symptoms. The symptom could guide you by how short of breath you feel. Generally, an asthma attack is severe when the peak flow is half of your normal value or less or when you feel short of breath with just any light exertion.
Final step is to get away from triggers of your asthma, if at all possible.