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Wednesday, April 21, 2010 stevemalchow21, Community Member, asks

Q: Having troubles breathing, and dont have an inhaler, any suggestions?

I am having a really hard time breathing, my inhaler is empty, i have no way to go and get another one. and id rather not run to the emergency room. i was just curious if anyone had any suggestions for me that would help my breathing, and i also believe that it is caused by my allergies. Thank You

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John Bottrell, Health Pro
4/22/10 3:53am

So it appears you're in a rough predicament.  I think I have no choice but to say that the best option for you would be to make a trip to the emergency room. 

 

However, believe it or not I've been in a similar situation more than once in my life, and I would do one of the following, if not all:

 

1.  Search every nook and cranny of the house for an inhaler, and pray I found one.

 

2.  Relax.  Do relaxation exercises.  Try to sleep.  Sometimes this helps. 

 

3.  Drink coffee.  It is a mild bronchodilator and may help.  It was often recommended in days of old. 

 

4.  Try something for allergies, like Claritin or Drixorol or Benadryl to attempt to resolve the allergy symptoms.

 

5.  Diaphragmatic breathing.  Breath with your stomach rather than your chest wall.  Actually, this is part of #2 above.

 

Do not, however, use over the counter asthma medicines, especially the inhalers. 

 

Ideally, however, you should get your lungs to the ER, and know you'd be treated with respect.  And in the future, make sure you have your medicine handy.  Never let it run out. 

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stevemalchow21, Community Member
4/22/10 9:46pm
Thank you for your reply to my question. I tried the coffee and slept and it work pretty well. But the reason why I don't have an inhaler is because I don't have any insurance and no money either. And now tonights acting up again. Is there any other suggestions u could possibly give me? I've heard about hot steam and honey, would those work as we'll? And again, I appreciate all of your help. Reply
nscangal, Community Member
4/28/10 9:25am

When you're feeling a bit better, you could try washing all your bedding. A lot of asthmatics (myself included) are sensitive to dust. Washing my bedding at least once a week (including my pillows!) helps keep me sleeping well.

 

Hot steam depends on the person. I find it soothing. My mother (who has mild intermittent asthma) finds it makes her feel suffocated. I find that honey is really better for an irritated throat than for asthma, but if your throat is irritated from coughing, it can't hurt.

 

If you have a hard time with money, some drug companies have special programs for people who can't afford their medicine. You could try looking around for those and see if that helps. Another thing you might want to consider is selling things you can part with at second-hand stores: On lean times, I've gotten enough money to eat from selling a few books and CDs.

 

If you have relatives that can afford to loan you money for a few months until you get back on your feet, I'd suggest you ask them for help: It might hurt your pride, but it's better than hurting your lungs with uncontrolled asthma. I've had to do it myself a few times when unexpected bills (like an ambulance bill for a flare I left too long) hit me out of the blue. If you can afford your preventer medicine with the help of your relatives, you'll feel better and be more likely to nail your job interviews.

 

Good luck!

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helpishere21, Community Member
12/28/12 10:25am

google pro air inhaler. find the website and they have a program that will provide you with a 3 inhalers which should last you for 6 months or longer. but one thing is you need a doctor that you went to for awhile that knows your asthma simptoms. so that when uou print the paper they fill ot out and fax it to the tevia program.. youll find out more on website.  it helped me when i had no money or insurance.  hope this works for anyone   

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helpishere21, Community Member
12/28/12 10:28am

google pro air inhaler. find the website and they have a program that will provide you with a 3 inhalers which should last you for 6 months or longer. but one thing is you need a doctor that you went to for awhile that knows your asthma simptoms. so that when uou print the paper they fill ot out and fax it to the tevia program.. youll find out more on website.  it helped me when i had no money or insurance.  hope this works for anyone   

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candigyrl84, Community Member
10/ 1/13 12:10pm

This is a super late reply but maybe they can help someone else!  I got the asthma pills that they sell behind the pharmacy counter BUT do not require insurance.  Its called Brockaid and it works so good for a decent price!  It is sold at Walmart and other drug stores.  Active ingredients and why it works :

 

* Bronchodilators, like ephedrine, act on specific receptors, resulting in the relaxation of bronchial smooth muscle.

* Guaifenesin is believed to cause a reflex stimulation of bronchial glands, resulting in a decrease in the thickness of bronchial secretions.

 

Trust me, its awesome... it helped me and my mom so much when we were in the same insurance situation.

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Genosgirl, Community Member
5/11/10 11:54am

well.. try this cough cause that can break alot of that stuff up so you can breathe better. Drink water, usually when you drink something like water or ...coffee it will slow your breathing down and more then likely relax your lungs so they can open up and your breathing will get better. I most certanily dont recomend excercise that would really make you have an asthma attack. Since you dont have insurance try a free clinic around where you live. There is usually in almost every county. Then have them send your prescription to walmart. They can usaully have discounted prices there , AND ALWAYS ASK FOR THE OFF BRANDS! They are just effective just cheaper. I hope info has helped Smile

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khani duncan, Community Member
5/29/12 8:16pm

i have asthma to i know how you feel what i do is just take slow breaths of air and hold my chest and rub it that may work if it dose not work let me know my email is khaniduncan2@frontier.com my name is khani duncan i would love tyo help you out if i could

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Muzzie, Community Member
12/24/12 1:52am
Hold your breath as long as you can if your Throat is irrated take a allergy pill hold ing your Breath helps a lot! I don't know why!! It helps me In the nights I wake up wheezing I hope this helps Don't hold it in to long Reply
Hariskoolboy, Community Member
8/ 2/13 2:05pm
Well I have ashtma and the best thing to do is do. Not even try to do excercise.Just sit down and relax for about 2 mins. try to breath in and out calmly Lie down and breath in and out that might help. If you wanna help your breathing and get your ashtma away easier I will recommend you to close your mouth when running because most people talk when there running but concentrate trying not to talk and people who have ashtma usually leave there mouth open so that really affects and triggers your ashtma and try swimming when trying to breath in when in the swimming baths It helps! Reply
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