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Tuesday, May 20, 2008 Crystal, Community Member, asks

Q: what can you do if you have an asthma attack at home and you can't find your inhaler?

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James Thompson, MD, Health Pro
5/20/08 7:46pm

 

Hi Crystal,

 

Having an asthma attack at home without an available rescue inhaler can be quite distressing and dangerous. The first thing to do is remain calm. Getting help from another member of the household is the next step. They may be able to assist you in finding your inhaler. If you are very uncomfortable because of the asthma attack, you should call, or have someone call 911.

 

Some signs of severe asthma include:

 

-Not being able to speak in full sentences because of shortness of breath

 

-Profuse sweating associated with labored breathing

 

-Rapid breathing

 

-Color changes of the skin or nail beds (pale or blue)

 

-A drop in the peak flow rate to 50% or less of you personal best

 

It is important to be prepared for an asthma attack by having an action plan. Steps should be taken to prevent attacks. Keep your rescue inhaler in a specific place at home when you are not carrying it with you. Have your doctor's phone number posted for easy access.

 

Good Luck,

 

J. Thompson, MD

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tracey harvey, Community Member
12/14/13 9:25pm

can sceaming and hoola cause a attack

 

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penab1, Community Member
1/28/09 12:25pm

Hello,

  I had an asthma attack last night and the inhaler didn't work,Cry I tried breathing in hot steam. that started to work but it didn't go away. so I took a hot bath, the heat and steam started working imidiatly. If none of this works call 999, or 911, or a doctor.

I think my attack was caused by my cat, Jasmine. It's hard living with a pet your alergic to.Undecided

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moise lopez, Community Member
8/13/10 1:35am

ummmmmm hey my name iz moise i was wondering how did u make the steam ..........nd can the can the hot bath work every time you have  an atack

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Asthmatik666, Community Member
2/ 1/09 8:41am

It's 8:30 in the morning and i woke up in an asthma attack about an hour ago.  Im at a friends house and no way home till my parents are out of church, and of course i forgot my inhaler at the house.  What you may have heared about just staying calm and in an upright position are true.  I immediately got up and sat infront of the computer looking for what to do during an asthma attack when your inhaler is no where around.  After while i noticed all my wezing and shortness of breath were gone!!Surprised  All you really haveto do in this type of situation is take SLOW DEEP breaths and stay in an upright position.  I found it helps to keep your arms above your head, it openes the airways a little bit.  And lastly, get your mind off of it like i guess i ended up doing.  I feel fine now and i hope this helps someone out there in the same predicament i was in! BACK TO BED!!!!!!!Laughing

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penab1, Community Member
12/19/09 5:26pm

hi, howzit goin'? well,,, i guess you could be right... but if i were to have an athsma attack (like I had today) i would DEFINETLY CALL A RELITAVE THAT LIVES CLOSE TO ME, or in my case as a 12 year old, i would have my freinds parent help me, perhaps they could drive me to my house to get my inhaler or nebulizer:) but if you're at a freinds house far away, they could drive me to the neerest hospital!

 

you're smart! live long & prosper!

penab1

p.s. how old are you?

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AsthmaPatient21, Community Member
5/29/11 11:24pm

I too have had this happen to me several times. One of my friends also has two dogs so you can imagine that helped my situation a lot. My dad forgot to pick up my medicine today so right now I'm just trying to make it through the night. Your recommendation for this or a similar situation has been very helpful and I just wanted to say thank you. 

 

Madison 

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AsthmaPatient21, Community Member
5/29/11 11:25pm

I too have had this happen to me several times. One of my friends also has two dogs so you can imagine that helped my situation a lot. My dad forgot to pick up my medicine today so right now I'm just trying to make it through the night. Your recommendation for this or a similar situation has been very helpful and I just wanted to say thank you. 

 

Madison 

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