An asthma flare up can be a scary episode. However, these events can happen to just about any asthma patient. Preparing for your symptoms ahead of time will help you to stay calm during the attack. Being prepared will also help you deal with the attack fast. Below, we’ll share what you need to know about preparing for an asthma flare up.
What is an Asthma Flare Up?
An asthma flare up, also known as an asthma attack, is a period of time where your symptoms get worse. During this attack, your airways will get smaller, making it harder to breathe properly. Usually, flare ups have certain triggers. These triggers will be different for every patient. However, allergens, tobacco smoke, exercise, and even having another illness like the flu are all common triggers.
Coughing, wheezing, trouble breathing, and a tight feeling in the chest are all warning signs of an asthma attack. For some patients, these symptoms can come on suddenly, which can be scary. Other patients will only have asthma attacks when exposed to certain triggers, which can make their flare ups more predictable.
What To Do During an Attack
If you are having an asthma attack, then try to stay calm. This is easier said than done, but remaining calm will keep your breath steady and make it easier for you to deal with symptoms. Your first line of defense will be a rescue inhaler or other emergency treatments given to you by your doctor. You and your doctor can also create an asthma care plan, which will be your step-by-step guide for handling flare ups.
When To Get Emergency Help
If you ever cannot breathe, then call 911. Also seek emergency help if your rescue treatment is not working, or if you suspect your asthma symptoms are getting worse. You might need to try a new treatment plan.
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