Living with Asthma is a challenge, but it is manageable with the right steps. Asthma is a reoccurring inflammation in the bronchial tubes. The symptoms range from being as mild as wheezing or coughing to as serious as requiring an emergency room and being placed on oxygen.
Seek a Medical Professional
Asthma is a common disease which means doctors will be well-versed in testing and treating it. The doctors will usually give you a breathing test where you blow into a machine that measures your outgoing airflow. They will need to get information on the frequency, severity and length of Asthma attacks and will usually give you medicine to aid breathing.
Track the Attacks
One of the most helpful tips to beat Asthma is to track when you have an attack, where you are, and any activities you have done prior to the attack. Asthma can be caused by allergens, stress, or exercise. If you can identify a pattern to the attacks, you are in a far better position to identify the trigger(s).
Carry a Spare Inhaler
Even with the most careful planning to avoid triggers, Asthma attacks can still occur. During an attack, time is precious. I recommend always keeping one inhaler in a normal standard place like your pocket or purse, and to also keep a spare inhaler in an easy to access location like a office desk or school locker. There is no worse feeling than discovering your inhaler is out during an attack, and it will be hours before you can get replacement.
Sleeping through the Night
Many people have more severe attacks after they go to bed. One technique I used was to slightly elevate the head of the bed by placing books under the posts. By slightly raising my head, I was able to breathe easier and had less nighttime attacks.
Careful when you Cough
Asthma attacks can lead to injury outside of the lungs. Severe coughing can be violent and put unique strains on your body. The most pain I ever felt with Asthma was when I coughed so hard that I pulled a muscle in my chest that required an ER visit. If you are alone and begin having an attack, grab a pillow and hug it against your chest. This will help relieve some of the pressure on your chest. If you are in public, you can stand up and hold your harms around your upper chest to relieve some of the pressure.