Asthma flare-ups (attacks) can be downright terrifying. Knowing what to do in the event of an attack is crucial for preventing complications. This is especially true for people with severe asthma, as they can be at risk for life-threatening problems like respiratory failure.
If you’ve just been diagnosed with asthma and you still don’t quite know the drill, here is a step-by-step guide to dealing with an attack. Do make sure to check this against your allergy doctor’s recommendations.
Step #1 Sit Up Straight and Take Deep Breaths.
Take deep breaths through your nose and exhale through your mouth, keeping your lips pursed. Place your hand on your stomach as you do this. Place the other hand on your chest and make sure to remain still.
Step #2 Use Your Inhaler as Prescribed.
There’s a good chance your doctor has prescribed an inhaler for you to use. To make the most of your inhaler, make sure to use it correctly. Stay calm and do the following when you experience the early warning signs of a potential asthma attack:
- Shake the inhaler well.
- Place the mouthpiece end between your teeth, keeping your lips wrapped tightly around it.
- Take 1 to 2 puffs every 60 seconds. Keep breathing slowly between every puff.
- Take up to 10 puffs until you feel your symptoms subside.
- A spacer helps with dispensing asthma medication more efficiently. This device connects to the mouthpiece of the inhaler. The way it works is the medicine goes into the spacer first. You have to take two breaths first before inhaling the medication. Attach the spacer to the inhaler and try to exhale as much air from your lungs before you put the spacer between your teeth and press on the puffer.
Step #3 Seek Emergency Care.
In the event of a severe asthma attack, wherein your rescue inhaler no longer helps abate your symptoms, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. Likewise, if you experience an asthma attack without an inhaler, seek emergency care.
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