was told by another student at uni when i was having a (fairly mild) attack not to take my inhaler, in fact, she actually pushed my hand away from my face as i went to take it, as she had done a 'first aid course' which said not to take any reliever at all until you had drunk 2-3 glasses of room temp water, then waited 15mins, if still struggling repeat the 2-3 glasses, then if after another 15mins still struggling THEN take reliever. Now i told her exactly where to go - personally my attacks vary quite a lot, but i have had attacks where after 30mins of inhaler i need an ambulance - i suspect it would be a lot quicker if i couldnt take my lovely ventolin, and was having to down glasses of water. Anyway - when i could breathe again (surprisingly without 6 glasses of water) i was asking her what this 'first aid course' was - anyway, she said it wasnt as such a course, but a video on youtube about asthma first aid - anyway, i told her (a little more politely now she wasnt blocking my inhaler) that whilst its unlikely to do any harm for SOME people - some people dont have half an hour to mess around and so maybe if she wants to be helpful to go to some other videos/sites and learn a bit more about attacks. Anyway - remembered it today and managed to find this video (wont post it on here as its really a bit dangerous in places), i can sort of see why if you didnt know about asthma you'd believe it - professionally made and with a medically sounding username, but the advice given other than the obsessive water drinking, in the exception of an attack where the person can no longer speak at all (where it claimed that it was a waste of time trying to drink OR take medication). It also used a lot of reflexology - not gonna comment too much on this - not sure it makes a great 'emergency' treatment - but then im not really into stuff like reflexology, dont really like it/understand it etc. it also showed a woman having a severe attack, her husband rang an ambulance, and then made her stand up and walk out of the house, put on coats, and get into a taxi - i was under the impression that the advice was always in an emergency to get an ambulance so you can a)be treated on the journey by people who can rescusitate if nedded b) means you can use blue lights if needs be c)driver is not distracted by a ptoentially very ill passenger and d)means when you get to hosp you can be seen very quickly if needed.
just thought id share on here - has anyone seen/heard anything similar? Am i overreacting or is this stuff potentially quite dangerous?