The most common method for addressing asthma attacks is through the use of inhalers or nebulizers, which apply the medication directly to the lungs and airways. This usually ensures the speedy and efficient treatment of the symptoms. What could you do, however, if you are with somebody suffering from an asthma attack, and he doesn’t seem to have his medication at hand? Here are some ready solutions that you could do, in order to best treat asthma even without medication.
- Know the symptoms. It’s important that you know the early warning signs of an attack (especially if the person is a known asthmatic) so that you could address the problem before it gets severe. These early warning signs include the following: shortness of breath (usually following physical activity); sneezing; stuffy or runny nose; and wheezing. The following are the signs that a severe asthma attack may be on the verge of occurring: increased coughing and tightness in the chest; overwhelming fatigue; difficulty speaking; and labored breathing.
- Take the patient away from the possible cause of the attack. Asthma attacks occur because of allergens present in the environment, such as smoke, household dust, animal fur and dander, pollens and strong fragrances. Take the patient a few yards away from the possible allergen.
- Let the patient inhale coffee. Because of brewed coffee’s pungent odor, it can work to unblock the patient’s airways. As an alternative to coffee, you could let the patient inhale eucalyptus oil (do not use eucalyptus oil for pregnant women) or peppermint oil, or even a jar of honey.
- Keep the patient calm. Panic and anxiety will only serve to worsen the asthma attack. Rub his back in gentle, circular motions and tap his back just a little hard to help improve his breathing. Let the patient inhale deeply through his nose, and exhale slowly through his mouth, with his lips puckered (similar to how a trumpet player blows on the trumpet). Let him rest between breaths if he begins to feel dizzy. Encourage him also to cough to loosen the mucus in his throat so he could spit it out.
- Know of ways to naturally treat asthma. A major factor in a patient’s fight against asthma is the food that he eats. He should eat more food rich in omega-3 fatty acids (such as salmon, tuna and mackerel); these have anti-inflammatory properties that help treat the symptoms of asthma.Another vitamin that asthmatics would benefit from is vitamin C. Vitamin C has been shown to reduce the frequency and the severity of asthma attacks; plus it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties as well. Let the patient drink green tea. Green tea is a top source of antioxidants that could lead to overall better health; more specifically, regular drinking of green tea has been found to reduce the frequency of asthma attacks. Finally, let the patient consume more food rich in magnesium. Magnesium can effectively prevent spasms in the bronchial passages. Some top sources of magnesium include spinach, bean sprouts and okra.
Treating asthma without medication is definitely possible; however,
these steps are done during emergency situations when medication is not
available. While you are treating the patient with these steps, you
should also be contacting his health care provider so that he could be
professionally treated for his asthma attack.