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Asthmatics: what "trick(s)" have you found that work best to recover when you don't have your inhaler?

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Dr. Gary Steven
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
12 doctors agree

In brief: Calm down

The best thing to do is stop what you are doing, calm down, and try to breathe deeply and slowly.
Constricted airways tend to collapse more easily, making it harder to breathe - purse your lips like you're breathing through a straw, and you'll hold the airways open better, so you can empty the lungs better and get more oxygen exchange. But the best bet is to not leave home without albuterol!

In brief: Calm down

The best thing to do is stop what you are doing, calm down, and try to breathe deeply and slowly.
Constricted airways tend to collapse more easily, making it harder to breathe - purse your lips like you're breathing through a straw, and you'll hold the airways open better, so you can empty the lungs better and get more oxygen exchange. But the best bet is to not leave home without albuterol!
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Dr. William Walsh
Coffee or tea both have bronchodilators (like albuterol) in them - caffeine in coffee and theanine (as well as theophyline) in tea. While these are not as potent as albuterol, until that was available theophyline was the drug of choice in asthma, and is still a good 3rd line agent.
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Tea, relax

Black tea has theophyline, a bronchodilator; rapid breathing dries the airway, worsening bronchospasm.
Relaxing, and taking slow, deep breaths can overcome the airway resistance that is present in an asthma exacerbation. However, that being said - take your inhaler with you everywhere, and it won't be an issue. Have a spare inhaler and spacer.

In brief: Tea, relax

Black tea has theophyline, a bronchodilator; rapid breathing dries the airway, worsening bronchospasm.
Relaxing, and taking slow, deep breaths can overcome the airway resistance that is present in an asthma exacerbation. However, that being said - take your inhaler with you everywhere, and it won't be an issue. Have a spare inhaler and spacer.
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No "tricks"...

Asthmatics should always have their rescue inhalers available, at all times.
If you have an exacerbation and your rescue inhaler is unavailable, seek help immediately as exacerbations are potentially life-threatening. No tricks!

In brief: No "tricks"...

Asthmatics should always have their rescue inhalers available, at all times.
If you have an exacerbation and your rescue inhaler is unavailable, seek help immediately as exacerbations are potentially life-threatening. No tricks!
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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