Since my early years, I’ve dealt with asthma – sometimes worse than others. I’m lucky that I’ve never been hospitalized by it, but I’ve experienced a few times where I thought I would cease to be able to breathe. I was eventually able to regain control. As I’ve aged I’ve had fewer problems, but there are still times when I depend heavily on my rescue inhaler.
I once saw a sign at the airport about a kid describing an asthma attach as being “like a fish out of water.” It hit home.
The one thing that has helped me during an attack, is to try to regain control. It’s a mental exercise that requires you to relax. Stop breathing deeply; try to slow down the pace; and just breathe only as much as is comfortable, and after a short time, you will be able to take deeper and deeper breaths. I would suggest getting a peak-flow meter to have a way to measure lung capacity. If you suffer from Asthma, or know someone who does, check out this article: http://www.sciencebase.com/science-blog/asthma-sufferers-hold-your-breath.html There is a link to a You-Tube video that talks about the Buteyko method to help prevent attack. Leave a comment about your experiences and thoughts. What works for you? what are your triggers? Cold air, dust and a lot of exercise were my main triggers.