Asthma affects millions of people around the world, and according to a United Kingdom-based organization, the health condition is long-term and anyone who has had asthma since they were kids will almost always have asthma, despite some who believe that they have been cured of it as they grew up.

How to Cope With Asthma Attack

Asthma attacks are inevitable and it may include symptoms of coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing as well as chest tightness.

However, you don't need to have all of the symptoms to have asthma, as per the DailyExpress.

If you feel these symptoms, it's important to get your medication and quickly use it to help alleviate the symptoms, but when you feel these symptoms, and even the blue inhaler can't make it go away, you might be having an asthma attack.

Asthma attacks are more intense episodes that could be life-threatening, so you should know how to deal with the symptoms until help comes.

According to the news outlet, you can do one simple step first: sit up straight.

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What to Do During an Asthma Attack

During an asthma attack, the first thing you should do is sit up straight and then bring out your blue inhaler and take one puff every 30 to 60 seconds. Usually, until you have taken 10 puffs in total then, you should be feeling much better.

Nevertheless, if you don't feel any better at all after 10 puffs or you've actually felt worse, be sure you call 911 as soon as possible.

Once help is there, you may repeat the process of inhaling 10 puffs for 15 minutes until you reach the emergency room and get the necessary medical attention.

"Make sure you have a written asthma action plan specifically for the MART therapy you're on," Dr. Andy Whittamore of Asthma UK said. "If you're still not sure what to do in an asthma attack, speak to your GP or asthma nurse as soon as possible."

Keep Track and Avoid Your Triggers

It is essential to know what triggers your asthma attacks so you can avoid them and prevent attacks when you can.

Moreover, it's also important to bring your asthma preventer inhaler everywhere you go to alleviate the symptoms, especially when you are surrounded by common triggers such as viruses, cold, cigarette smoke, pollen, and even cold weather.

Certain activities can trigger your asthma.

If a specific activity keeps you coughing and wheezing to the point of chest pressure and shortness of breath, make sure to stay away from such activities in the future. This is why Asthma UK also suggests that patients keep a journal where they can write what sort of activities or maybe food they must avoid asthma attacks from happening.

If you suspect you have asthma, make sure you call your doctor to be diagnosed right away.

In times such as the COVID-19 pandemic, which has a similar symptom with asthma, it's essential to get the proper diagnosis as it could mean life and death.

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