Your reliever inhaler is an important part of your asthma management.
It is a quick-relief medicine that relaxes the muscles in the airways. It is designed to rapidly relieve symptoms of an asthma attack. That’s why you must carry it around with you at all times.
However, accidents happen. You may forget to take your inhaler with you or you may not think you need it that day. But, you should learn what to do in the event of an emergency and you don’t have your blue asthma inhaler.
If you’re worried that you or your loved one is having an attack, don’t panic. Read our step-by-step guide on what to do and how to get help if you need it.
Firstly, it’s good to establish the signs and symptoms of an asthma attack before springing into action.
An asthma attack happens when your symptoms get worse for a short period. They can come on suddenly or after a few days. They are usually triggered by something. Common asthma triggers include having a cold, hay fever or exercise.
Signs of an asthma attack include:
If you’re experiencing any of these signs, you should take action as soon as possible.
If you think you’re having an asthma attack and you don’t have your reliever inhaler, you should follow these steps.
These steps will not work for everyone. So, if you think your symptoms are not improving or are getting worse, seek medical attention.
There are several techniques you can try to help steady your breathing and calm you down.
You can also try controlled coughing. This technique is useful if a cold or excess phlegm triggers an attack. Each time you take a deep breath, hold it for a few seconds then cough strongly to clear your airways.
Finally, you could try alternate nostril breathing.
If your breathing hasn’t improved, you should consider getting medical attention.
The first sign that you should seek emergency medical attention is when simple techniques aren’t working.
You should also look for signs of oxygen deprivation, such as:
If you notice any of these signs, you should call the emergency services number in your area as soon as possible.
Seeking medical attention is the best way to prevent an asthma attack from becoming fatal.
If you keep having asthma attacks, you should speak to your GP or asthma specialist. It may be that your treatment plan is not working for you. They may adjust your asthma treatment and review your asthma action plan to reduce the risk of asthma attacks.
You should also make sure to always carry your blue reliever inhaler with you, even if you don’t think you need it. Using your reliever is the best way to treat an asthma attack.
You should keep on top of your inhaler prescriptions. If you are about to run out, order your prescription as soon as possible. If you lose your blue asthma inhaler or run out completely, your pharmacist may be able to give you an emergency prescription.
You can also reorder your inhalers online. At euroClinix, you can reorder your reliever inhaler online and get it delivered to your address. Your prescription will be issued by one of our registered doctors, saving you trips to the pharmacy or GP. It also means you’re less likely to run out of treatment.
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