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Tips on surviving an asthma attack without medication



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Asthma is a chronic respiratory illness in which your bronchial tubes constrict, lowers your oxygen intake and could kill you if a severe attack should arise. It causes shortening of breath, dizziness, chest tightness, wheezing and coughing. Severe cases could make you pass out due to lack of oxygen and possibly die if not treated promptly.

The triggering of an asthma attack could range from several different factors. It could be something inhaled like perfume, hairspray, paint fumes, fingernail polish, cigarette smoke, or any other type of a chemical in the air. It can be triggered by exercising, stress, and even by having sex. Another known factor that could cause an asthma attack would be natural allergens in the air. Pollen, spores, and dust, to just name a few. A cold winter night could bring on a attack. Food additives and wet humid climates can do this as well.

If you happen to be having an asthma attack and you have forgotten your medicine, the best thing to do is relax. Take slow deep breaths and lie down in front of a fan if available, especially if your attack was induced by exercising. Remember to always breath slow and deep no matter how it came about. Breathe in through your nose and out of your mouth. If you are having an early onset of an attack, the best thing to do is drink some hot coffee or tea. The caffeine in the coffee and tea opens up your bronchial tubes. Sometimes a cold caffeinated soda could do the trick. It acts like a bronchial dilator and also can also make your coughing more productive. Coughing up mucus can clear your airways once the tubes are relaxed. The trick is to relax your body completely and cough.

Living with asthma is a hard thing to do. Try to avoid chemicals in the air, stay inside when allergy season is at it's peak, watch what you eat, and drink plenty of water. If you need to exercise, drink a coke or some coffee at least 30 minutes before you attempt that. Never over-exert yourself. You know your own limits and stay cool while exercising. Try increasing vitamin C in your diet. Remember, drink lots of water to keep your mucus thin.

These things can all help you recover from an asthma attack if you should forget your medicine. We are not perfect people with perfect minds. It is possible to forget your puffer at home or even misplace it. It's best to have two puffers around. Most of all, follow up with your doctor as soon as possible if the above doesn't give you any relief.

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