• stevemalchow21 stevemalchow21
    April 22, 2010
    Trouble breathing without inhaler—any suggestions?
    stevemalchow21 stevemalchow21
    April 22, 2010

    I am having a really hard time breathing, my inhaler is empty, and I have no way to go and get another one. I'd rather avoid having to go to the emergency room. I was just curious if anyone had any suggestions that would help my breathing, which I also believe could be caused by my allergies.

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  • John Bottrell
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    April 22, 2010
    John Bottrell
    Health Pro
    April 22, 2010

    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. 

    • stevemalchow21
      April 23, 2010
      stevemalchow21
      April 23, 2010
      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. READ MORE
    • nscangal
      April 28, 2010
      nscangal
      April 28, 2010

      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
      December 28, 2012
      helpishere21
      December 28, 2012

      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
      December 28, 2012
      helpishere21
      December 28, 2012

      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
      October 01, 2013
      candigyrl84
      October 01, 2013

      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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