Asthma can attack anytime, especially when a person become exposed to irritants such as smoke, cold or dry air, pollen, mold or dust mites. Aside from these, it can also be triggered by other factors such as hormonal fluctuations, stress and extreme emotions. As a result, difficulty of breathing may be experienced by the patient and can also be life-threatening. Hence, it is important for us to know the proper intervention to manage an acute attack, how to prevent it and what can be of help in case prescribed medications are not readily available.
Aside from knowing how to properly take asthma medications, knowing some effective and safe home remedies can save a life. First of all you have to understand that when an asthma attacks, stay calm. If possible, take a strong cup of coffee or two 355-ml cans of caffeinated cola because caffeine is chemically related to theophylline which can help open airways.
On the other hand, you can also try other natural remedies that can help prevent attacks or lessen its severity. One of these is magnesium because it can potentially relax the smooth muscles of the upper respiratory tract. You can also try other ways to help fight inflammation of the airways associated with asthma. You can increase the intake of food rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as tuna, salmon and mackerel because it acts like a medication for asthma called leukotriene inhibitors.
Alternatively, you can also use ginger to help reduce airway inflammation and inhibit airway contraction. It contains compounds that can enhance the muscle relaxant effects of certain asthma medications.
Lastly, though steam bath has been known to alleviate some respiratory symptoms such as nasal congestion, we cannot say that it can completely manage asthma. Worse, in some cases, it may trigger and exacerbate symptoms in some asthmatic patients.
Though there are evidence that some complementary and alternative therapies work, we are not sure that they are effective for all asthmatic patients. Thus, it is still advisable to continue taking the prescribed medications and adhere to scheduled follow-up consultation with your physician.