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Old 12-17-2008, 10:34 PM   #1
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how can i calm my asthma down without a rescue inhaler?

how can i calm my asthma down without a rescue inhaler?

 
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Re: how can i calm my asthma down without a rescue inhaler?

There is no good way to calm your asthma down without a rescue inhaler, and it can be downright dangerous not to use a rescue inhaler when your asthma flares up. Because asthma is an inflammatory disease it can get progressively worse if not managed correctly (remember thousands of people still die from asthma attacks every year in the U.S.).

Is there a specific reason why you don't want to use a rescue inhaler?

 
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Re: how can i calm my asthma down without a rescue inhaler?

I agree you need a rescue inhailer. If you find out it's gone then try this a hot steamy bathroom or very strong coffee without cream. This is only to get you calmed down so you can get your inhailer. Refill it as soon as possible.
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Old 12-28-2008, 04:47 PM   #5
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Re: how can i calm my asthma down without a rescue inhaler?

i suggest doing breathing exercises everyday to strengthen your lungs as this has helped me




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my dad also did this as a child and his asthma is practically gone. breathe in deeply for four or five seconds, hold your breath for one second and then breathe out for five or six seconds. if you do this for about five minutes every day you should gradually see an improvement, but it does take time.

 
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A steamy bathroom sends me in to an asthma attack ... but hot coffee definatly helps at times as does regular yoga to help improve lung function. Be very carefull about not using a rescue inhaler ...i've been caught with out mine before and ended up very sick ..collapsed lungs etc...not fun! Now I have around 5 of them around the house, on in my car and pnother at work ..and each purse hase one too ..my husband and doctor kind of when in to over drive when I was caught without that one

 
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Re: how can i calm my asthma down without a rescue inhaler?

i would like to know reason for not using asthma
according to asthma guided line, we have to use proper treatment proper time proper dosage to control it.
as eg resucue steriod tratement therapy is really need. if severe ill
hydrocortisone 100mg iv or prednisolone 40-50 mg po or both if very ill

 
Old 12-30-2008, 03:47 PM   #8
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Re: how can i calm my asthma down without a rescue inhaler?

It is not worth taking the chance of not using a rescue inhaler because your breathing could get worse fast and you end up even sicker.
On the other hand, I would love to be able to do something other than a rescue inhaler because of all the side effects but it is not worth taking the chance with breathing difficulties.

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Old 12-30-2008, 07:13 PM   #9
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Re: how can i calm my asthma down without a rescue inhaler?

As an asthmatic, I found that regular exercise definitely helps reduce my asthma flare ups. Yoga is great for that. I was on advair and singulair for a time but I found that the advair worsened my symptoms. This is not true for everyone, however, so if your doctor prescribes advair don't refuse to take it just because I had trouble with it. Singulair helped as a daily prevenative but I still had to carry around my rescue inhaler. I am an allergy induced asthmatic and allergy shots definitely helped lessen the asthma attacks but I still find I need my rescue inhaler on occasion. I have heard that hot coffee helps because the steam opens up your airways. You can also breathe in steam by putting your head over a pot of boiling water with a towel over your head. This is also great to open up your pores as well as your airways. Be careful not to get too close, however because the steam can burn. There are a lot of little things that can help but untimately you will proababy need to keep your rescue inhaler just in case. Good luck.

 
Old 12-31-2008, 02:27 AM   #10
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in april of this year, i ended up in the hospital, almost intubated due to asthma exacerbation. i was put on advair when i got out and have not had to use my rescue inhaler more than two or three times since. it made a huge difference for me. i still carry inhalers with me where ever i go, just in case.
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As an asthmatic, I found that regular exercise definitely helps reduce my asthma flare ups. Yoga is great for that.
What kind of exercises that you do help you with asthma?Are there any specific breathing exercises that have helped you? please share.thank you.

 
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Re: how can i calm my asthma down without a rescue inhaler?

I did a lot of yoga. I used to play softball and I would do a lot of running but once I got to college I had to quit. I simply had no more time for it. The lack of steady exercise really took a toll on my endurance and ability to exercise without having an asthma attack. I took belly dancing lessons and yoga classes. Those helped the most. Lately I have been running on the treadmill with my rescue inhaler nearby. I took some of the breathing techniques from my yoga classes and incorporated them with my running. I walk swiftly and then jog steadily for about a quarter to a half a mile..I don't push myself to sprint and keep a steady pace. I tried pushing myself once and it did more harm than good. It is better to keep a steady pace and push yourself to run longer than to run faster. Always be sure to take adaquate walking breaks but don't stop. Do a good warm up and a long cool down and make sure you don't let yourself get chilled. I usually walk/run for about an hour and then cool down for at least 15 minutes.

I have done Yoga for beginners and intermediates and I have also tried power yoga. Power Yoga is for someone who is pretty fit and used to the motions. It is a good challenge but I prefer to stick to the less strenuous workouts because I can actually finish those.

Deep breaths, yoga breathing really does help open up your airways. Look up a technique called third eye opening (I think) Thats what I do when I am trying to catch my breath while on the treadmill. You bring your hands to your heart crossed. Then you flip them palm upward against your forehead, breathing in as you raise your hands. Lift your hands breathing in as you go and circle them to your heart. As you bring your hands down to circle to your heart breath out. It forces your breathing to slow and calm. The motions also open your chest. I think it might be called something different in other practices but the fit TV Namaste Yoga video called it Third Eye open.

If I think of anything more that helped I will let you know.

 
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Re: how can i calm my asthma down without a rescue inhaler?

thanks spirithawk06 for you reply.all the things you have mentioned are very helpful.
I am surely thinking of starting with yoga breathing exercises but plan to take things slowly.....

 
Old 01-01-2009, 09:16 PM   #14
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Re: how can i calm my asthma down without a rescue inhaler?

You're welcome. I have a series called Living Room Yoga. The one I have is for intermediates but that same lady makes a beginner sequence as well. Regular practice will not only help your asthma but it will tone your body and keep your mind centered and focused. It is also good for digestion and releasing toxins. It also helped with my arthritis and my stress levels as a college student with a full corseload. It is great for all age groups and fitness levels. If the first video you find doesnt work for you then try another one. I would highly recommend you take classes first though because a video won't know if you are doing the position right or not. I had a class once a week for a semester at LSU recreation center and it worked wonders.

Good luck !

 
Old 10-12-2009, 04:36 PM   #15
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Re: how can i calm my asthma down without a rescue inhaler?

I am a singer and I often hold out notes and clench the muscles in my diaphragm and butt (yes my butt) to push out a note. Meditation and yoga really help, as I said before. Meditation controls your breathing and that will help strengthen your muscles. The yoga I do is Hatha yoga but sometimes I do power yoga from Rodney Yee's video. I also work out on the treadmill and vary my pace every 15-20 minutes, run for about 5-10, then gradually slow down until I am at a fast walk for about 20 minutes and then increase it in increments again. Doing it in increments like that really helps prevent me from having an attack. Sometimes I do my rescue inhaler before I start just in case. Running and swimming really builds up lung capacity.

 
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