Asthma attacks are such a common occurrence that an estimated 1 in every 11 children has this disease. For those who were already diagnosed with asthma early on, they would know what to do in case of an attack. But for those who are yet to be diagnosed with adult onset asthma, an “attack” is such a frightening experience that could make even the calmest person panic.
It could be mistaken for a number of things including an anxiety attack. If you’re experiencing any or all of these things, there’s a high chance that you’re having an asthma attack:
- Coughing and wheezing
- Increased tiredness
- Breathing problems
- Scratchy throat that needs to be cleared all the time
- Sleeping difficulties resulting in dark circles under the eyes
- Headaches, fever, restlessness
- Feelings of crankiness/mood swings
- Changes in skin color
What are Common Triggers?
The most common triggers include but are not limited to the following:
- Second hand smoke
- Animal dander
- Dust/dust mites
- Food or medicine allergies
However, asthma is a complicated problem wherein the airways swell and fill with mucus, hence the breathing difficulties. Avoiding the abovementioned triggers is a great way of avoiding an attack but at the end of the day, if you suspect asthma or you have long been a sufferer, go to a physician and have regular checkups as asthma triggers and symptoms change overtime.
What to Do In Case of An Asthma Attack?
The first thing you have to do is to relax. This is easier said than done especially if it’s your first time experiencing an attack. If you have an inhaler with you, take 2 puffs and sit in an upright position. If you don’t have an inhaler or you see no improvement after taking additional puffs, go to a hospital immediately.