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I NEED IT!!!!! Okay all you medic people I am at work coughing a lot and trying really hard not to have an asthma attack. ANd I dont have my inhaler and my husband is on the stennis gone.Plus I am at work. I have been drinking a lot of water and not really doing alot. Trying to stay unstressed. Yesterday I walked 6 miles, went swimming, and then worked 8 hours. Today I just walked 2 miles and woke up around noon. I think it has something to do with the colder air but its really warm inside. I hope I am not getting sick. Okay guys what do I do?
 

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I o not know anything about inhaler or asthma attacks, but do cough drops help??
can you think of something you ave done before to help it?
sheesh they wont let you run home and get it?
 

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Recently where I work someone was having the beginnings of an asthma attack and was given something with eucalyptus in it to smell and breathe in. It apparently helped [I wasn't there when this happened]. Peppermint might also help. Breathing moist air ever help? That's something you can do even if all you have is a five gallon cold/hot water dispenser.
 

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Take a vitamin C supplement. Make sure they aren't coated pills. Chewables are even better. Take one and it should help. Grapes also help. They are very high in vitamin C. Not sure why but I have heard from quite a few sources that vitamin c does a lot to help.

Eucalyptus and Peppermint also help. If you put a couple of drops of either in some steamy water, inhaling it can relieve you of some symptoms.
 

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Ok, just read that you are at work...Does anyone have any grapes or orange juice?

In some people, aspirin can help. There are lots of conflicting reports on that though. Some swear it works, and some have aspirin as a trigger to their asthma. If you haven't had any problems with asthma after taking aspirin before, that may be an option.
 

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steaming hot coffee or tea can help especially if you inhale as much of the steam as you can.
 

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If you are feeling bad, call for emergency help or ask if anyone else at your place of employment has an albuterol inhaler. Medics carry inhalers so don't be hesitant to call them.

I keep inhalers everywhere. Always have two in my work locker, two in my fire coat, one or two in each of my vehicles, one in my bedroom, one in the kitchen.
If you walked into a drugstore and told the pharmacist you were having an asthma attack and you needed one, he could give you one in anticipation of a prescription.....its not like its a controlled substance. Millions of people use them daily.
 

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As far as I'm concerned (ie: someone who practices medicine), TheSenator is the one with the best advice. I know everyone is trying to help, but bottom line, if you start having an attack, you need to either get an inhaler or a nebulizer treatment. Ambulances (at least the advanced life support units), do carry inhalers in their drug boxes. Granted, your insurance company will get hit with a $700-1000 bill, but screw 'em. If you don't have insurance, go to the drug store like TheSenator said, or call your doc and have him call in a prescription to a pharmacy near your office, or one that will deliver to your office. Now, I'm going to say something that I really don't want to say, and know that this is for absolute emergency use only- There is an over the counter product called Primatene Mist that you can use if absolutely necessary. The reason for the caution for an over the counter product is that it is dangerous. It is essentially inhaled epinephrine. It will work, and open your lungs. And also your heart will race, and you'll feel shaky. If there is underlying heart disease, it can actually precipitate a heart attack. That's why I say it is for emergency use only. If you know CPR, Airway and Breathing comes before circulation. If it's so dangerous, why is it still on the market? It was grandfathered in, since it was on the market long before FDA regulations came into play. A new product like this wouldn't be allowed. And I know that in 2006 the FDA was considering banning the product. And eventually, I'm sure that they will. Personally, I would like to see albuterol would be made OTC. Then, the argument that Primatene shouldn't be banned because there are people who can't afford to see a doctor to get it would be moot.
 

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In emergencies
The easiest thing to do is ask around the office, someone ells is bound to be asthmatic. Ask if you can have a shot of their inhaler. Don't worry about the mouth parts, you'll clean it off. ALWAYSE READ THE LABLE.

Asthma is caused by tiny particles of hear, asbestos, dust, pollen or bacteria. Inflammation is your body’s reaction to it. Sometimes this is so bad it causes breathing difficulties. To avoid a strong attack, stay away from the above and anything ells that produces small particles. To reverse the effect you require your inhaler, which is an anti-inflammatory, similar to that found in antiseptic. It is made into an aerosol though so that it gets the maximum coverage. Worst comes to worst you may be able to figure out a way to use a different anti-inflammatory on the lungs and trachea, but don't quote me.

As asthma is caused by a body’s over-reaction, try exposing yourself over a long term. You will eventually develop an immunity, or at least your body will learn not to attack dust or pollen, which is the cause of the inflammation.

Paper bag trick
The old paper bag trick been mentioned? Don't force yourself. Just breathe into the bag. “When people get anxiety attacks they 'over-breathe'. This lowers the level of carbon dioxide in the blood and that makes them feel worse! Breathing into a paper bag for half a dozen or so breaths, builds up the carbon dioxide in your body again, so you should immediately start feeling better. The size of the bag doesn't matter - but unless you use a decent-sized one, you won't be able to breathe very much air into it. I suggest at least six inches by four.” – net doctor UK
 

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"Paper bag trick
The old paper bag trick been mentioned? Don't force yourself. Just breathe into the bag. “When people get anxiety attacks they 'over-breathe'. This lowers the level of carbon dioxide in the blood and that makes them feel worse! Breathing into a paper bag for half a dozen or so breaths, builds up the carbon dioxide in your body again, so you should immediately start feeling better. The size of the bag doesn't matter - but unless you use a decent-sized one, you won't be able to breathe very much air into it. I suggest at least six inches by four.” – net doctor UK"

This is a great treatment for hyperventilation. But it is not something that someone should use for asthma, which is what the poster has. Breathing into a paper bag will do nothing to help a patient with astma- if they're breathing fast, it isn't from anxiety, it's from an inability to get oxygen into the lungs. Rebreathing CO2, which is what ypu're doing when you brathe into a paper bag, is the last thing that a person in an asthma attack needs.
 
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